Byron Bell Gets Performance-Based Bonus

Big Sexy! - US PRESSWIRE

Since inception the NFL's performance based pay system has doled out over $700M to NFL players. Panthers RT Byron Bell was in the top 25 of players getting added pay for 2012.

Here's the NFL's Press Release followed by the top 25 table with Bell getting an extra quarter mil coming in at #12:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

3/20/13

2012 PEFORMANCE-BASED PAY DISTRIBUTIONS ANNOUNCED;

BENGALS' BURFICT TOP EARNER

Cincinnati Bengals linebacker VONTAZE BURFICT earned the top figure in the NFL's "Performance-Based Pay" program that compensates players for playing time based upon their salary levels, the NFL announced today.

Approximately $110.72 million of Performance-Based Pay will be distributed to players for their performance during the 2012 season. Burfict, a 2012 undrafted free agent from Arizona State, earned $299,465 in additional pay. As an undrafted free agent, Burfict played for the league's rookie minimum salary of $390,000 last year and an additional signing bonus of $1,000.

Players have been paid nearly $700 million cumulatively since the inception of the Performance-Based Pay program, which was implemented as part of the NFL's 2002 Collective Bargaining Agreement with the NFL Players Association.

Under the Performance-Based Pay system, a fund is created and used as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. Players become eligible to receive a bonus distribution in any regular season in which they play at least one official down.

Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a "player index." To produce the index, a player's regular-season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular-season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player's index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his pay.

ILLUSTRATION OF PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY SYSTEM

Each player on the same team com­petes for his own share of his club's Performance-Based Pay pool. The hypothetical example in the table below illustrates how the index works, using a simplified four-player team and a club bonus pool of $1,000,000. Each player receives his share of the pool depending on how his index compares to those of his teammates.

A

Playtime

B

Compensation

C

Index

(A/B)

D

% of Club Bonus Pool

(C/Team Total C)

E

Hypothetical Bonus

(D * $1,000,000)

Player A

50%

$ 500,000

10.0

50% of the Club's pool (10 out of 20)

50% * $1,000,000 = $500,000

Player B

50%

$ 1,000,000

5.0

25% of the Club's pool (5 out of 20)

25% * $1,000,000 = $250,000

Player C

20%

$ 500,000

4.0

20% of the Club's pool (4 out of 20)

20% * $1,000,000 = $200,000

Player D

10%

$ 1,000,000

1.0

5% of the Club's pool (1 out of 20)

5% * $1,000,000 = $5,000

Team Total:

20.0 Points


PERFORMANCE BASED PAY DISTRIBUTION SUMMARY 2002-2012

(Note: The Performance Based Pay Pool was not in effect in the 2010 and 2011 League Years)

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2012

TOTALS

($ in 000s)

League-wide Pool

15,104

32,000

57,088

79,392

90,932

98,840

104,240

109,532

110,720

697,848

Per Club

472

1,000

1,784

2,481

2,842

3,089

3,258

3,423

3,460

21,809

Per Player Statistics (actual $)

Average Bonus

8,055

17,036

29,610

41,654

47,627

50,948

54,547

55,998

55,250

Median Bonus

6,258

12,541

20,675

26,763

32,422

34,749

35,823

34,818

37,369

Largest Bonus

42,048

114,258

227,625

275,143

366,017

309,534

405,859

397,555

299,465

# of Payments

1,875

1,873

1,928

1,906

1,909

1,940

1,911

1,956

2,004

TOP 25 PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY DISTRIBUTIONS FOR 2012

PLAYER

CLUB

POSITION

DISTRIBUTION

1

Vontaze Burfict

Cincinnati

LB

$299,465

2

Dallas Reynolds

Philadelphia

G

$294,844

3

Brian de la Puente

New Orleans

C

$289,875

4

Bobby Massie

Arizona

T

$283,776

5

J'Marcus Webb

Chicago

T

$275,360

6

Sam Acho

Arizona

LB

$273,715

7

Bruce Miller

San Francisco

FB

$273,426

8

Max Starks

Pittsburgh

T

$272,590

9

Robert McClain

Atlanta

CB

$269,505

10

Austin Howard

New York Jets

T

$261,431

11

Reshad Jones

Miami

S

$256,612

12

Byron Bell

Carolina

T

$255,547

13

Jerrell Freeman

Indianapolis

LB

$255,018

14

Chris Harris

Denver

CB

$254,164

15

Todd McClure

Atlanta

C

$251,204

16

Brandon Fusco

Minnesota

G

$250,856

17

Richard Sherman

Seattle

CB

$249,201

18

Robert Turner

St. Louis

C

$248,067

19

Miles Burris

Oakland

LB

$243,048

20

Josh Norman

Carolina

CB

$242,475

21

Clint Boling

Cincinnati

G

$237,484

22

Craig Robertson

Cleveland

LB

$236,962

23

Danny McCray

Dallas

S

$236,316

24

Mike Harris

San Diego

T

$233,103

25

Isa Abdul-Quddus

New Orleans

S

$233,063

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