Philadelphia Eagles Players Earn Performance-Based Pay Bonuses

Ronald Martinez

More money!

Earlier this week, the NFL officially released the performance-based pay totals for every team. The way these are designed is so that players who play a lot of snaps but aren't due a high salary can earn some extra money. Note: quality of performance does not factor in here. It's simply based on playing time.

Here are the Eagles players earning the most, rounded to the nearest $1000:

C Jason Kelce - $260,000 (9th highest bonus in the NFL)
WR Riley Cooper - $201,000
CB Brandon Boykin - $200,000
DE Cedric Thornton - $184,000
S Earl Wolff - $172,000
QB Nick Foles - $147,000
NT Bennie Logan - $138,000
ILB Mychal Kendricks - $129,000
S Nate Allen - $125,000
OLB Connor Barwin - $121,000
TE James Casey - $115,000
ILB Najee Goode - $114,000

See below for the exact methodology on how these payouts are calculated. Players won't actually receive this performance based-pay bonus until April 1, 2016.

METHODOLOGY

a) Each player's "Playtime Percentage" shall be calculated by (i) adding the player's total plays on offense or defense, as appropriate, plus special teams and (ii) di­viding that number by the team's total plays on offense or defense, as appropriate, plus special teams;

(b) Each player's "PBP Compensation" shall be calculated by adding his full regular season Paragraph 5 Salary, prorated signing bonus for the current League Year (plus any signing bonus acceleration (without regard to the June 1 rule) due to his having been released during the applicable League Year, unless the player is re-signed by his old Club without having missed a week of the regular season), earned incentives, and other compensation for the current League Year, subject to the following provisions:

(i) For all players other than those who receive the Minimum Salary Benefit, the full regular season Paragraph 5 Salary shall be used;

(ii) For players who were released and later resigned by the same Club during the regular season, the Paragraph 5 Salary from the player's initial contract shall be used for the period ending with the player's release, and the Paragraph 5 Salary from the play­er's subsequent contract shall be used for the period from release through the term of the subsequent contract;

(iii) For players who receive the Minimum Salary Benefit, the Paragraph 5 Minimum Salary amount for a player with two Credited Seasons, rather than the stated Paragraph 5 Salary, shall be used to calculate the player's PBP Compensation;

(iv) If a Player Contract is renegotiated after the Monday of the tenth week of the regular season to include an unearned incentive for the current League Year that is treated as signing bonus, such incentive shall not be counted in the calculation of the PBP Compensation; and

(v) If a portion of the player's Paragraph 5 Salary is treated as signing bonus, the full Paragraph 5 Salary (rather than the current year's proration) will be counted; all other amounts treated as signing bonus will be included on a prorated basis except for unearned incentives, as described in Subsection

(iv) above.

(c) Each player's "PBP Index" shall be calculated by dividing the player's Playtime Percentage by his PBP Compensation;

(d) Each player shall receive an allocation from the fund determined by

(i) dividing his PBP Index by the sum of the PBP Indices for each player on the Club and then

(ii) multiplying that percentage by the Club's total PBP allocation.

(e) For PBP purposes, a play is counted towards playtime percentage if the play runs to completion, regardless if the play was nullified by a penalty (e.g., a play that is blown dead by a penalty, due to a false start or encroachment penalties, etc. do not count in this calculation). A play is defined by the personnel on the field. A fake punt or field goal is considered a Special Teams play, and a 2-point conversion attempt is considered an offensive/defensive play.

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