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Tuesday, February 27, 2024

NFL Dishes Out $336M In Performance-Based Pay

  • Marcus Epps of Eagles earns the top bonus of $880,384.
  • Damar Hamlin was also among the top earners on peformance list.
Marcus Epps of the Phildelphia Eagles
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The NFL is again rewarding players who outperform their contracts with Performance-Based Pay.

The league announced it is distributing $336 million in payouts to players for the 2022 season.

Former Philadelphia Eagles safety Marcus Epps took home the top amount: $880,384. The bonus nearly doubled his salary of $965,000 for the 2022 season. 

Epps, who just signed with the Las Vegas Raiders as a free agent, certainly earned his money. 

The sixth-round draft choice out of Wyoming played all 17 games for the Eagles. Epps was on the field for all but 10 of their defensive plays. He was in on almost 38% of the Eagles’ special team plays.

Under the program launched in 2002, NFL players have been paid $2 billion cumulatively. 

The players picking up these bonuses are typically late-round picks with smaller contracts. 

For example, most of the Top 25 players collecting Performance-Based Pay this season are offensive linemen or defensive players.

Naturally, their annual salaries don’t compare to quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers of the Packers ($42 million) and Super Bowl champion Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs ($32 million). But it’s still a way to reward the hardest workers doing the grunt work. 

NFL columnist Ari Meirov describes the beneficiaries as players “with high snap counts and low salaries.” ESPN’s Field Yates noted these bonuses count as player benefits only – and don’t impact the team’s salary cap.

The Top 25

RankPlayer2022 TeamPositionCollegeRookie YearDraft RoundDistribution
1Marcus EppsPhiladelphiaSWyoming20196$880,384
2Cordell VolsonCincinnatiGNorth Dakota State20224$854,407
3Luke FortnerJacksonvilleCKentucky20223$819,686
4Michael OnwenuNew EnglandGMichigan20206$813,083
5Jon RunyanGreen BayGMichigan20206$790,159
6Andre CiscoJacksonvilleSSyracuse20213$763,775
7Kevin DotsonPittsburghGLouisiana-Lafayette20204$746,013
8Tariq WoolenSeattleCBTexas-San Antonio20225$742,378
9Dan MoorePittsburghTTexas A&M20214$739,072
10Michael JacksonSeattleCBMiami20195$734,602
11Donovan Peoples-JonesClevelandWRMichigan20206$717,642
12Tashaun GipsonSan FranciscoSWyoming2012UDFA$708,106
13Robert HainseyTampa BayCNotre Dame20213$706,331
14Kader KohouMiamiCBTexas A&M-Commerce2022UDFA$705,584
15Myles HartsfieldCarolinaSMississippi2020UDFA$705,255
16Talanoa HufangaSan FranciscoSSouthern California20215$703,926
17Jamaree SalyerL.A. ChargersGGeorgia20226$695,838
18Camryn BynumMinnesotaSCalifornia20214$694,661
19Logan WilsonCincinnatiLBWyoming20203$669,729
20Trey SmithKansas CityGTennessee20216$663,756
21Damar HamlinBuffaloSPittsburgh20216$652,470
22Nick ScottL.A. RamsSPenn State20197$649,016
23Jake BrendelSan FranciscoCUCLA2016UDFA$643,691
24Josh MyersGreen BayCOhio State20212$638,041
25Duron HarmonLas VegasSRutgers20133$636,623
UDFA – Undrafted free agent
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