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Brian Poole, Dak Prescott lead NFL in performance-based pay

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Every year the NFL gives every player a performance-based pay bonus using a complex formula that factors in both his salary and his playing time, with the biggest bonuses going to low-paid players who play a lot. This year, the leaders were a little-known Falcons defense and special teams player, and a very well-known Cowboys quarterback.

Falcons defensive back Brian Poole got the biggest payday of any player in the NFL, $371,873. Poole was an undrafted rookie making the league minimum, but he played more than 1,000 snaps between defense and special teams. Those are the players the performance-based pay pool is designed to reward.

Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott had the next-biggest bonus, at $353,545. Prescott, of course, went from the fourth round of the draft to a 16-game starter, and his bonus was almost as big as his base salary of $450,000. Unlike most players who benefit from big performance-based bonuses, Prescott has also emerged as a star who can make more money in endorsements than he makes on the field, so the bonus isn’t quite as big a deal to him as it is to Poole, but it’s still a nice chunk of change.

Every team has a performance-based pay pool of just under $4 million, and the payments do not affect the team’s salary cap.

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8 Responses to “Brian Poole, Dak Prescott lead NFL in performance-based pay”
  1. gbpackfan3 says: Mar 15, 2017 7:38 PM

    Damn the league makes so much money off these guys on their rookie contracts

  2. gofor2with3pointlead says: Mar 15, 2017 8:26 PM

    OK I’ll say it. It’s criminal, that Prescott can’t be paid more, even with the incentive bonus.

  3. gixrider says: Mar 15, 2017 10:16 PM

    gofor2with3pointlead says:
    Mar 15, 2017 8:26 PM
    OK I’ll say it. It’s criminal, that Prescott can’t be paid more, even with the incentive bonus.

    True. But for every Prescott, there are 10 who made more than their production justified. And then there are the JaMarcus Russells…

  4. dallashomer says: Mar 15, 2017 10:21 PM

    I hope Dak destroys the competition next year. Just sayin’.

  5. tonebones says: Mar 15, 2017 10:33 PM

    I have to give it up for Jerry Jones. He gets beat up more than any other football executive, but he has three super bowl trophies, and now he plucked Dak Prescott out of the fourth round. A lot of young execs could learn a thing or two from Jerry. How bout them Cowboys!!!

  6. thingamajig says: Mar 15, 2017 11:21 PM

    Doesn’t sound like any team is coming close to the 4 mil max. Pocketing that too?

  7. joedirte4life says: Mar 16, 2017 1:41 AM

    For all you guys complaining about these guys not getting paid more let me remind you of JaMarcus Russell and the old system where rookies would get 50 million guaranteed

  8. JaminJake says: Mar 16, 2017 1:46 AM

    The Joey Bosa holdout shows why the Chargers will never do anything. Even with a rookie wage scale, they still pinch players.

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