2018 Performance-Based Pay Distributions Announced

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2018 Performance-Based Pay Distributions Announced

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2018 PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY DISTRIBUTIONS ANNOUNCED

NFL Players will receive $140.88 million in “Performance-Based Pay” for their performance during the 2018 season, the NFL announced today. The Performance-Based Pay program is a collectively-bargained b​enefit that compensates all players, including rookies, based upon their playing time and salary levels.

In addition to the Performance-Based Pay pool, the NFL Players Association has elected to dedicate $48 million in benefits (i.e., $1.5 million per club) to fund a Veteran Performance-Based Compensation Pool (the “Veteran Pool”) for players with one or more accrued seasons. In total, $188.88 million will be disbursed to players under the combined pools.

Baltimore Ravens’ center MATT SKURA earned the highest combined distribution of all NFL players in the 2018 Performance-Based Pay program.  He earned a total of $533,558, nearly doubling his 2018 salary, comprised of the following amounts: $395,660 from the Performance-Based Pay Pool, and an additional $137,898 from the Veteran Pool.  Skura, a 2016 undrafted free agent out of Duke, started in all 16 games for the Ravens during the 2018 season, playing in every offensive play, as well 17 percent of the Ravens’ special teams plays.  He earned the league minimum salary for a player with one credited season (i.e., $555,000).  Skura spent the 2016 season and part of the 2017 season on the Ravens’ practice squad before signing a one-year free agent contract with the club early in the 2017 season.  He signed an Exclusive Rights Contract with the Ravens in 2018. 

Players have been paid approximately $1.5 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 continues as part of the parties’ current agreement. 

The Veteran Pool is a component of the Rookie Redistribution Fund, which is a player benefit that was created under the 2011 Collective Bargaining Agreement. The NFL Players Association elected to fund the Veteran Pool for the first time in 2016 and has extended the benefit each season since then.

See the tables below for the top 25 distributions in each category, as well as combined totals.

HOW PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY WORKS

Under the Performance-Based Pay program, 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.  In general, players with higher playtime percentages and lower salaries benefit most from the pools. 

Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a player index (“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 Performance-Based Pay.

The Veteran Pool is computed in a similar manner, with two significant modifications: 1) players with zero accrued seasons are not eligible to receive distributions, however, such players remain eligible to receive distributions under the Performance-Based Pay program; and 2) to calculate the eligible player’s Index, if the player’s full-season base salary is less than $1 million, an additional amount will be imputed so that the player’s base salary equals $1 million. By imputing a minimum of $1 million to the denominator of the Veteran Pool’s index calculation (playtime divided by salary), a slightly higher percentage of the pool is directed to high-performing veteran players whose salaries exceed $1 million but are not among the highest in the league, as contemplated by the formula.  This imputation of salary is solely for the purpose of calculating distributions from the pool, and does not affect the actual salary paid to the player under his contract.

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 Player 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 =     $50,000

Team Total:

20.0 Points

 

 

** Index is multiplied by 107 for legibility purposes only

 

TOP 25 PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY DISTRIBUTIONS FOR 2018

 

PLAYER

 

CLUB

 

POS

 

COLLEGE

ROOKIE

YEAR

DRAFT

ROUND

 

DISTRIBUTION

1

 Matt Skura

Baltimore

C

Duke

2016

UDFA

 $       395,660

2

 Austin Blythe

LA Rams

G

Iowa

2016

7

 $       380,060

3

 Jesse Davis

Miami

G

Idaho

2015

UDFA

 $       374,833

4

 Jayon Brown

Tennessee

ILB

UCLA

2017

5

 $       373,575

5

 Cory Littleton

LA Rams

ILB

Washington

2016

UDFA

 $       371,379

6

 Chase Roullier

Washington

C

Wyoming

2017

6

 $       358,849

7

 Joe Thuney

New England

G

NC State

2016

3

 $       352,578

8

 Tre Flowers

Seattle

CB

Oklahoma State

2018

5

 $       337,399

9

 Alex Redmond

Cincinnati

G

UCLA

2016

UDFA

 $       328,932

10

 Sam Tevi

LA Chargers

T

Utah

2017

6

 $       323,682

11

 Eddie Jackson

Chicago

FS

Alabama

2017

4

 $       323,451

12

 Jonathan Jones

New England

CB

Auburn

2016

UDFA

 $       323,294

13

 Damontae Kazee

Atlanta

SS

San Diego State

2017

5

 $       320,931

14

 Andrew Wylie

Kansas City

T

Eastern Michigan

2017

UDFA

 $       311,406

15

 Kendall Fuller

Kansas City

CB

Virginia Tech

2016

3

 $       309,468

16

 Chris Clark

Carolina

T

Southern Mississippi

2008

UDFA

 $       306,770

17

 Graham Glasgow

Detroit

C

Michigan

2016

3

 $       306,379

18

 Curtis Riley

NY Giants

FS

Fresno State

2015

UDFA

 $       304,784

19

 Keelan Cole

Jacksonville

WR

Kentucky Wesleyan

2017

UDFA

 $       301,144

20

 Connor McGovern

Denver

G

Missouri

2016

5

 $       300,952

21

 Desmond King

LA Chargers

CB

Iowa

2017

5

 $       300,335

22

 Kenny Moore

Indianapolis

CB

Valdosta State

2017

UDFA

 $       298,620

23

 B.W. Webb

NY Giants

CB

William & Mary

2013

4

 $       295,905

24

 Chad Wheeler

NY Giants

T

Southern California

2017

UDFA

 $       295,242

25

 Justin Reid

Houston

SS

Stanford

2018

3

 $       293,739

UDFA – Undrafted free agent

TOP 25 DISTRIBUTIONS FROM THE VETERAN POOL

 

PLAYER

 

CLUB

 

POS

 

COLLEGE

ROOKIE

YEAR

DRAFT

ROUND

 

DISTRIBUTION

1

 Connor McGovern

Denver

G

Missouri

2016

5

 $       144,472

2

 Matt Skura

Baltimore

C

Duke

2016

UDFA

 $       137,898

3

 Justin Simmons

Denver

FS

Boston College

2016

3

 $       136,941

4

 Blake Martinez

Green Bay

ILB

Stanford

2016

4

 $       136,439

5

 Austin Blythe

LA Rams

G

Iowa

2016

7

 $       133,556

6

 Julien Davenport

Houston

T

Bucknell

2017

4

 $       131,273

7

 Cory Littleton

LA Rams

ILB

Washington

2016

UDFA

 $       130,864

8

 Kendall Lamm

Houston

T

Appalachian State

2015

UDFA

 $       128,472

9

 Graham Glasgow

Detroit

C

Michigan

2016

3

 $       125,705

10

 Kenny Moore

Indianapolis

CB

Valdosta State

2017

UDFA

 $       125,435

11

 Kendall Fuller

Kansas City

CB

Virginia Tech

2016

3

 $       125,294

12

 Chase Roullier

Washington

C

Wyoming

2017

6

 $       122,272

13

 Mike Person

San Francisco

G

Montana State

2011

7

 $       121,394

14

 Jesse Davis

Miami

G

Idaho

2015

UDFA

 $       120,991

15

 Joe Thuney

New England

G

NC State

2016

3

 $       120,697

16

 Curtis Riley

NY Giants

FS

Fresno State

2015

UDFA

 $       120,552

17

 Sam Tevi

LA Chargers

T

Utah

2017

6

 $       118,750

18

 B.W. Webb

NY Giants

CB

William & Mary

2013

4

 $       118,688

19

 Cody Whitehair

Chicago

C

Kansas State

2016

2

 $       118,320

20

 Kevin Byard

Tennessee

FS

Middle Tennessee

2016

3

 $       117,580

21

 Anthony Harris

Minnesota

FS

Virginia

2015

UDFA

 $       117,001

22

 Jayon Brown

Tennessee

ILB

UCLA

2017

5

 $       116,089

23

 Ron Parker

Kansas City

FS

Newberry

2011

UDFA

 $       113,850

24

 Dan Feeney

LA Chargers

G

Indiana

2017

3

 $       113,519

25

 Desmond King

LA Chargers

CB

Iowa

2017

5

 $       112,403

  UDFA – Undrafted free agent


TOP 25 COMBINED DISTRIBUTIONS (PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY PLUS VETERAN POOL)

 

 

PLAYER

 

CLUB

 

POS

 

COLLEGE

ROOKIE

YEAR

DRAFT

ROUND

PERFORMANCE-BASED

PAY

VETERAN POOL

COMBINED DISTRIBUTION

1

 Matt Skura

Baltimore

C

Duke

2016

UDFA

$   395,660

$ 137,898

$ 533,558

2

 Austin Blythe

LA Rams

G

Iowa

2016

7

$   380,060

$ 133,556

$ 513,616

3

 Cory Littleton

LA Rams

ILB

Washington

2016

UDFA

$   371,379

$ 130,864

$ 502,243

4

 Jesse Davis

Miami

G

Idaho

2015

UDFA

$   374,833

$ 120,991

$ 495,824

5

 Jayon Brown

Tennessee

ILB

UCLA

2017

5

$   373,575

$ 116,089

$ 489,664

6

 Chase Roullier

Washington

C

Wyoming

2017

6

$   358,849

$ 122,272

$ 481,122

7

 Joe Thuney

New England

G

NC State

2016

3

$   352,578

$ 120,697

$ 473,275

8

 Connor McGovern

Denver

G

Missouri

2016

5

$   300,952

$ 144,472

$ 445,424

9

 Sam Tevi

LA Chargers

T

Utah

2017

6

$   323,682

$ 118,750

$ 442,432

10

 Alex Redmond

Cincinnati

G

UCLA

2016

UDFA

$   328,931

$ 112,146

$ 441,077

11

 Eddie Jackson

Chicago

FS

Alabama

2017

4

$   323,451

$ 111,573

$ 435,024

12

 Kendall Fuller

Kansas City

CB

Virginia Tech

2016

3

$   309,468

$ 125,294

$ 434,762

13

 Graham Glasgow

Detroit

C

Michigan

2016

3

$   306,379

$ 125,705

$ 432,084

14

 Damontae Kazee

Atlanta

SS

San Diego State

2017

5

$   320,931

$ 109,800

$ 430,731

15

 Curtis Riley

NY Giants

FS

Fresno State

2015

UDFA

$   304,784

$ 120,552

$ 425,336

16

 Kenny Moore

Indianapolis

CB

Valdosta State

2017

UDFA

$   298,620

$ 125,435

$ 424,055

17

 Jonathan Jones

New England

CB

Auburn

2016

UDFA

$   323,294

$ 100,135

$ 423,429

18

 Julien Davenport

Houston

T

Bucknell

2017

4

$   290,477

$ 131,273

$ 421,750

19

 Chris Clark

Carolina

T

Southern Mississippi

2008

UDFA

$   306,770

$ 109,681

$ 416,451

20

 B.W. Webb

NY Giants

CB

William & Mary

2013

4

$   295,905

$ 118,688

$ 414,592

21

 Desmond King

LA Chargers

CB

Iowa

2017

5

$   300,335

$ 112,403

$ 412,738

22

 Justin Simmons

Denver

FS

Boston College

2016

3

$   272,010

$ 136,941

$ 408,952

23

 Ron Parker

Kansas City

FS

Newberry

2011

UDFA

$   290,091

$ 113,850

$ 403,941

24

 Chad Wheeler

NY Giants

T

Southern California

2017

UDFA

$   295,242

$ 103,563

$ 398,804

25

 Keelan Cole

Jacksonville

WR

Kentucky Wesleyan

2017

UDFA

$   301,144

$   96,893

$ 398,038

UDFA – Undrafted free agent