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Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict tops performance-based pay list

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict made $315,847 in performance-based pay last season. (USATSI)
Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict made $315,847 in performance-based pay last season. (USATSI)

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The NFL has released its annual report on performance-based pay, with 11 players earning at least an additional $250,000 in 2013 compensation based on their work last season. The performance-based pay program works to compensate players whose level of playing time was much higher than what their salary would have paid.

Generally, lower draft picks and un-drafted free agents who end up being starters, earn the most through the program, because their base salaries very low.

For 2013, Bears tackle Jordan Mills ($318,243.96) topped all earned in the program, according to the NFL Management Counsel report that was released recently to teams.

Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict, a former un-drafted player who has annually been near the top in performance-based pay since becoming a starter, was second in the league accruing $315, 847. 69 in performance-based pay.

The following players earned more at least $250,000 in performance-based pay:

Tops in performance-based pay
PlayerPositionTeamPerformance-based pay
Jordan MillsTackleBears$318,243.96
Vontzaze BurfiictLinebackerBengals$315,847.69
Ronald LearyGuardCowboys$307,104.43
George IlokaSafetyBengals$281,515.23
Melvin WhiteDefensive backPanthers$269,714.80
Teshaun GipsonSafetyBrowns$266,299.14
Yeremiah BellSafetyCardinals$263,067.02
Larry WarfordGuardLions$260,630.09
Jason KelceCenterEagles$259,815.06
J.R. SweezyGuardSeahawks$258,414.01
Paul WorrilowLinebackerFalcons$254,761.29
Sanders CommingsDefensive backChiefs$253,736.76

Before joining CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora was the Washington Redskins beat writer for The Washington Post for six years and served as NFL Network's insider. The Baltimore native can be seen every Sunday during the season on The NFL Today.
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