Seantrel Henderson leads all players in performance-based pay

AP

The NFL’s performance-based pay system is designed to reward lower-paid players who get a lot of playing time. In the case of Bills tackle Seantrel Henderson, the rewards were significant.

Henderson, the Bills’ seventh-round draft pick last year, started all 16 games as a rookie and was on the field for a total of 1,132 plays. That meant Henderson, whose total compensation last year was $470,880 (based on a rookie minimum salary of $420,000 and a signing bonus of $50,880), got a big performance-based pay bonus of $373,671.

In all NFL players received more than $116 million in performance-based pay, and Henderson’s payout was the biggest of them all. Henderson’s rookie season shows how a guy who falls in the draft can make a lot of extra money if he performs well in his first year.

The other top earners in performance-based pay were Packers center Corey Linsley ($339,566), Bengals center Russell Bodine ($318,612), Titans linebacker Avery Williamson ($315,120) and Rams defensive back E.J. Gaines ($308,338).

19 responses to “Seantrel Henderson leads all players in performance-based pay

  1. Get paid!

    …Unfortunately it’s a bonus so it’ll be taxed at like 65% between state and federal.

  2. Diamond in the rough. Not too shabby for a 7th round pick. Way to go Seantrel. Go Bills and a shout out to the Bills scouting department.

  3. The bonus is taxed the same as any other income. He’s most likely at the marginal rate of 39.6% for federal tax. As to state tax…whatever the top rate is. It won’t be 65% (not that it still isn’t too much).

  4. As a Fan of the Miami Hurricanes, I can tell you that this kids game only has two weaknesses….his head and his heart. He has all the physical tools to be a starter in the NFL for years to come. But, historically speaking, he has shriveled like a raisin whenever he was faced with adversity. He had the talent to be a 1st round pick, but instead he was drafted in the 7th, because he couldn’t overcome adversity while in college and he quit at the combine. And, while this post sounds negative, I honestly do wish nothing but the best for him. If he can keep his head on straight, then he’ll be a bookend player for the Bills line, and maybe even make a few Pro Bowls. But, that’s a big if….

  5. All of those mentioned in the story should be congratulated.

    I would like to see this system expanded and money taken from the overpriced deadbeats who get a free ride. Some money should come from stupid teams that sign stupidly high contracts and then cut the player two years later.

  6. He was the nations number one recruit out of cretin high school in Minnesota. He isn’t exactly a sleeper. He never really panned out in college. Good to see he is making it though.

  7. ashvillebucs….his best friend got his head blown off in front of him before the combine, his mother got sick in college and he was a confused young man. He was stellar for the Bills this year. The steal of the draft, without doubt.

  8. Corey Linsley was a godsend for the Pack last year in the 5th round out of the Ohio State, he deserves every penny. He played above his pay grade thats for sure.

  9. ashevillebucs says: Mar 13, 2015 10:51 PM

    As a Fan of the Miami Hurricanes, I can tell you that this kids game only has two weaknesses….his head and his heart. He has all the physical tools to be a starter in the NFL for years to come. But, historically speaking, he has shriveled like a raisin whenever he was faced with adversity. He had the talent to be a 1st round pick, but instead he was drafted in the 7th, because he couldn’t overcome adversity while in college and he quit at the combine. And, while this post sounds negative, I honestly do wish nothing but the best for him. If he can keep his head on straight, then he’ll be a bookend player for the Bills line, and maybe even make a few Pro Bowls. But, that’s a big if….

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    Well said. Those who talking about how big of a steal they got by getting him in the 7th round overlook all the baggage he carried. Without question he has first-round talent but everywhere he has been he has vastly underachieved. I’m not surprised he played well. What is disappointing is how many players are motivated solely by money. Certainly he’ll be looking for a long-term deal in the coming years. Have mercy on the team that gives him a ton of dough because I think he’ll go back to being apathetic about football….until the next contract year. I hope I’m wrong and I hope he has changed. He’s going to need to demonstrate that though before people believe it.

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