Dak Prescott nearly doubles his salary with NFL's performance-based pay system
Prescott led all offensive players in performance-based pay and trailed only Falcons corner Brian Poole overall
The NFL announced on Wednesday the recipients of performance-based pay for the 2016 season. Each team received a sum of $3.995 million (up from $3.8 millionand $3.63 million the year before), which was then distributed to the players without affecting the salary cap.
The formula for performance-based pay weighs playing time against salary and allocates it accordingly. (As such, late-round rookies that play a lot, undrafted free agents, and low-cost veterans typically receive the highest payouts.) It should come as no surprise, then, that the leaders on offense and defense were, respectively: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott , a fourth-round draft pick that started every game for America’s Team; and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Poole , an undrafted rookie that played 77.2 percent of the team’s snaps.
Prescott and Poole each had 2016 base salaries of $450,000, per Spotrac, which means they each nearly doubled their salary with the performance-based payout. They were two of an incredible 16 players that received at least $300,000 in performance-based pay for the 2016 season, double the number of players that received a payout that high last year.
- Falcons safety Ricardo Allen : Fifth-round pick in 2015 that started all 16 games; also on last year’s list of $300K-plus players
- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Zach Orr : 2014 UDFA (undrafted free agent) signing that started 15 games and played 98 percent of defensive snaps
- Cincinnati Bengals center Russell Bodine : 2014 fourth-round pick that has started all 48 games of his career; also on last year’s list of $300K-plus players
- Cowboys cornerback Anthony Brown : 2016 sixth-round pick that played 70.5 percent of defensive snaps
- Denver Broncos center Matt Paradis : 2014 sixth-round pick that started every game the last two years; also on last year’s list of $300K-plus players
- Green Bay Packers cornerback LaDarius Gunter : 2015 UDFA signing that spent much of this season as a starter after injuries ravaged the Green Bay Phoenix defensive backfield
- Houston Texans center Greg Mancz : 2015 UDFA signing that started all 16 games after an injury to Nick Martin
- New England Patriots center David Andrews : 2015 UDFA signing that started all 16 games for the Super Bowl champs
- Patriots guard Joe Thuney : 2016 third-round pick that started all 16 games for the Super Bowl champs
- New York Giants safety Andrew Adams : 2016 UDFA signing that made 13 starts and played 77.7 percent of defensive snaps
- Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Jalen Mills : 2016 seventh-round pick that played 65 percent of defensive snaps
- Eagles linebacker Jordan Hicks : 2016 third-round pick that started all 16 games
- Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva : Undrafted in 2010, spent two years in the military before making his way to Eagles training camp in 2014; later wound up with the Steelers and has been starting since Week 6 of last season; also on last year’s list of $300K-plus players
- Seattle Seahawks guard Mark Glowinski : 2015 fourth-round pick that started all 16 games
- 49ers tackle Trenton Brown: 2015 seventh-round pick that started all 16 games
- Tennessee Titans guard Quinton Spain : 2015 UDFA that started 13 games
It seems like a pretty good bet that, barring injury, we’ll be seeing a bunch of these guys again on next year’s list of the top performance-based pay recipients.
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