Here is one category that Vontaze Burfict, or any other undrafted starter for that matter, does not mind leading. Yahoo! Sports Brian McIntyre reported on Wednesday that the Bengals linebacker earned a league-high $299,645 in the league’s performance-based pay program. The program is part of the league’s collective bargaining agreement and rewards players with low cap numbers and high playing percentages a larger portion of the pool. The league pool is $3.46 million per club except for four teams that had lower amounts due to excess payments in 2009, which was the last year the program was in place. It was not in place in 2010 due to the uncapped year and 2011 as everyone was trying to adjust to the new CBA. The NFL traditionally announces the Top 10 during the league meetings, which are next week in Phoenix. Burfict, who was signed after being undrafted, had a cap number of $390,333. He played in 82.96 percent of the regular-season snaps which is an impressive number considering that he did not have a defensive snap in the first game and only 20 in the Week 2 win over Cleveland. Over the last 14 regular-season games he started, he was in for 866 of 947 defensive snaps (91.45 percent). He finished as the Bengals leading tackler with 174. In the Top 10 list that McIntyre compiled, six of the Top 10 players are offensive linemen including four of the top five. After Burfict comes Philadelphia’s Dallas Reynolds ($294,844), New Orleans’ Brian De La Puente ($289,373), Arizona’s Bobby Massie ($283,776) and Chicago’s J’Marcus Webb ($275,360).
Burfict leads league in performance-based pay
Cincinnati Enquirer | Mar 13