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Chargers' Clary earns top amount from performance-based pay system

Discussion in 'American Football' started by Johnny Lightning, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. Johnny Lightning

    Johnny Lightning Go Bolts

    Feb 7, 2006

    San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Jeromey Clary earned the top figure in the NFL’s “Performance-Based Pay” system that awards players for playing time based upon their salary level, the league announced today.
    Approximately $105 million of performance-based pay was distributed to players in the system for their performance during the 2008 playing season.

    Clary, a 2006 sixth-round draft selection from Kansas State, earned $405,859 in additional pay. He started all 16 games last season, after starting six the previous season.

    Rounding out the top five earners in the system this year are Cardinals center Lyle Sendlein ($348,134), Cardinals safety Chris Horton ($342,197), Saints guard Carl Nicks ($335,033) and Browns cornerback Brandon McDonald ($329,803).

    Performance-Based Pay was created as part of the NFL’s 2002 Collective Bargaining Agreement extension with the NFL Players Association. The system creates a fund used to supplement player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. This program will stay in place through the remaining years of the CBA in which a Salary Cap exists.

    In 2009, the Performance-Based Pay fund will be approximately $3.5 million per club, which is a five percent increase over the 2008 fund.

    Players become eligible to receive performance-based pay in any regular season in which they play at least one official down.

    Last year, nearly $99 million was distributed to players in performance-based pay for 2007. The highest payment was $309,534 earned by Steelers offensive tackle Wille Colon.

    Under the system, 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.

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