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League shells out more than $109 million in final year of performance-based pay

The good news for NFL players?  The league has announced that more than $109 million was earned by players under the performance-based pay system in 2009.

The bad news?  The rules of the uncapped year provide for the performance-based pay system to be scuttled in 2010.

The system pays players based on a formula that specifically rewards those with low salaries who participate in a high amount of plays.  Whether the players perform well is irrelevant; the figures are driven by actually being on the field, in light of what the player already is due to earn.

As a result, low-round draft picks who become starters, like Vikings center John Sullivan, cleaned up in 2009, picking up an extra $397,555 to lead the league.  Twenty-two other players earned more than $250,000 in performance-based pay last season. 

For the life of the program, from 2002 through 2009, Jets and Falcons safety Erik Coleman earned the most of any player, at $837,654.  A total of 23 other players earned more than $650,000 over that same period.

In 2010, however, the valve has been shut off, which means that the total payout of $587 million since 2002 will get no larger until 2011 at the earliest, if the next labor deal resurrects the performance-based pay system.

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7 Responses to “League shells out more than $109 million in final year of performance-based pay”
  1. jerkstore says: Mar 23, 2010 11:03 AM

    I was pretty impressed with Demaurice Smith at first but I’m starting to wonder if he is in over his head. He’s fighting 32 pretty smart guys and everyday you hear about something else the players are going to lose without a CBA.

  2. hizzle1281 says: Mar 23, 2010 11:06 AM

    i could use $109 million……..

  3. JoeSixPack says: Mar 23, 2010 11:08 AM

    … an announcement clearly intended to emphasize the point that the League is happy to pay for performance, and doesn’t want to pay for busts.
    I’m sure this will be a point of negotiations in the next CBA.

  4. chc4 says: Mar 23, 2010 11:25 AM

    Pay based on performance…. what a novel concept!

  5. finfan49 says: Mar 23, 2010 11:50 AM

    just wondering , does the players agent get a 3% COMMISSION ( or whatever their rates are ) on this money too ?

  6. Love the Ravens says: Mar 23, 2010 1:22 PM

    hizzle1281 says:
    March 23, 2010 11:06 AM
    i could use $109 million……..
    Man, I could use 109 dollars….

  7. covercorner7 says: Mar 24, 2010 2:01 AM

    They really should bring this back. These low round picks deserved extra pay for playing a lot.

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