For low-paid players who see significant playing time during the season, the league awards performance-based bonuses at the end of the year. The policy helps justify when players far outplay their contract, with an effort that aligns closer to marquee guys around the league. And with rookie contracts typically being the lowest, it’s particularly common to see first-year guys get an added bonus heading into their sophomore season.
In the Buccaneers case, six of their top 10 performance-based incentives were given to rookies, per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. Among them, Bradley McDougald earned the most with $222,054 while Kwon Alexander finished a close second with $212,054. Those numbers equate to nearly 38 percent of McDougald’s base salary in 2015 ($585,000) and close to 50 percent of Alexander’s, who earned $429,041 in a season in which he outperformed his fourth-round rookie deal. Entering the 2016 season, Alexander is slated to make $644,580 while McDougald was recently given a second-round tender, with a salary of $2.55 million.
Here’s a look at the rest of the top 10 Bucs performance-based earners:
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I am all for players getting paid for their work but really have to question some of these rewards. Especially the defense players other then Kwon. Receivers listed were not big contributors. Of course, with the money being paid out in the NFL these days,the amounts are not extreme.
Wait a minute! Did Danteea Dye get a bonus for every dropped pass?
Tampa bay did a good job in awarding those players who did their job. They rewarded their overall performances-Go Bucs
Its based on Playing time not actual “Performance”
Nice reward. Still loose change compared to the overall salary cap. I didn’t realize the league played a role in this. Glad to hear about it.
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