2015 Performance-Based Pay Distributions Announced; Broncos' Paradis Top Earner

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2015 Performance-Based Pay Distributions Announced; Broncos' Paradis Top Earner

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2015 PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY DISTRIBUTIONS ANNOUNCED;

BRONCOS’ PARADIS TOP EARNER

​Denver Broncos center MATT PARADIS 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.

Players will receive $121.680 million in Performance-Based Pay for their performance during the 2015 season. 

Paradis, a 2014 sixth-round draft choice of the Broncos from Boise State, earned $391,648 in additional pay.  Paradis played for the league’s rookie minimum salary of $435,000 last year and earned an additional $5,850 in offseason workout bonuses.  Paradis was on the Broncos’ practice squad for the entire 2014 season before signing a one-year contract with the Broncos for the 2015 season.  He participated in 100 percent of Denver’s offensive plays, as well as 15.6 percent of the team’s special teams plays.

Players have been paid over $1 billion 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, and continued as part of the parties’ current agreement.

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 2002-2015

(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

 

2013

 

2014

 

2015

TOTALS

($ in 000s)

 

 

 

 

League Pool

      15,104

      32,000

      57,088

      79,392

      90,932

      98,840

      104,240

      109,532

 

110,720

 

110,720

 

116,256

 

121,680

 1,046,504

Per Club

                472

             1,000

             1,784

             2,481

             2,842

             3,089

               3,258

               3,423

 

3,460

 

3,460

 

3,633

 

3,803

       32,703

 

 

 

 

Per Player Statistics (actual $)

Average Bonus

              8,055

            17,036

            29,610

            41,654

            47,627

            50,948

54,547

55,998

 

55,250

 

55,471

 

57,496

 

59,396

Median Bonus

              6,258

            12,541

            20,675

            26,763

            32,422

            34,749

35,823

34,818

 

37,369

 

38,081

 

38,583

 

38,402

Largest Bonus

            42,048

          114,258

          227,625

          275,143

          366,017

          309,534

405,859

397,555

 

299,465

 

318,244

 

373,671

 

391,648

 

 

 

 

# of Payments

              1,875

              1,873

              1,928

              1,906

              1,909

              1,940

1,911

1,956

 

2,004

 

1,996

 

2,022

 

2,050

 

TOP 25 PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY DISTRIBUTIONS FOR 2015

 

PLAYER

CLUB

POSITION

COLLEGE

ENTRYYEAR

DRAFTROUND

DISTRIBUTION

1

Matt Paradis

Denver

C

Boise State

2014

6

 $ 391,648

2

T.J. Clemmings

Minnesota

T

Pittsburgh

2015

4

 $ 359,396

3

Russell Bodine

Cincinnati

C

North Carolina

2014

4

 $ 352,271

4

Garry Gilliam

Seattle

T

Penn State

2014

UDFA

 $ 329,384

5

Malcolm Butler

New England

CB

West Alabama

2014

UDFA

 $ 319,283

6

Ricardo Allen

Atlanta

S

Purdue

2014

5

 $ 317,826

7

Alejandro Villanueva

Pittsburgh

T

Army

2014

UDFA

 $ 309,835

8

Matt Tobin

Philadelphia

G

Iowa

2013

UDFA

 $ 307,101

9

Quincy Enunwa

New York Jets

WR

Nebraska

2014

6

 $ 296,712

10

Delvin Breaux

New Orleans

CB

Louisiana State

2014

UDFA

 $ 295,356

11

Mike Remmers

Carolina

T

Oregon State

2012

UDFA

 $ 292,514

12

Adrian Amos

Chicago

S

Penn State

2015

5

 $ 282,159

13

Ryan Schraeder

Atlanta

T

Valdosta State

2013

UDFA

 $ 279,671

14

La'el Collins

Dallas

G

Louisiana State

2015

UDFA

 $ 277,940

15

Kenneth Acker

San Francisco

CB

Southern Methodist

2014

6

 $ 273,632

16

Shaquil Barrett

Denver

LB

Colorado State

2014

UDFA

 $ 269,590

17

Avery Williamson

Tennessee

LB

Kentucky

2014

5

 $ 268,838

18

J'Marcus Webb

Oakland

G

West Texas A&M

2010

7

 $ 266,778

19

Preston Brown

Buffalo

LB

Louisville

2014

3

 $ 263,843

20

Marvin Jones

Cincinnati

WR

California

2012

5

 $ 261,458

21

Kenny Wiggins

San Diego

T

Fresno State

2011

UDFA

 $ 255,145

22

Trai Turner

Carolina

G

Louisiana State

2014

3

 $ 254,280

23

Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

Kansas City

G

McGill

2014

6

 $ 253,540

24

TJ Carrie

Oakland

CB

Ohio

2014

7

 $ 253,337

25

James Jones

Green Bay

WR

San Jose State

2007

3

 $ 251,737

    

        UDFA – Undrafted free agent

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