According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, Bucs RG Alex Cappa is leading the way in performance-based pay for NFL players this past season, nearly matching his base salary with the extra compensation.
The NFLPA sent agents the numbers on performance based pay for this past season. Leading the way: #Buccaneers G Alex Cappa, who started all 16 regular season games. He gets another $622,056 on top of his $750,000 base salary.
Cappa started all 16 games of the Bucs 11-5 regular season, locking down the right guard spot across from star left guard Ali Marpet. The Bucs former third round pick was one of the more underrated players in the NFL, playing every offensive snap for the team during the 2021 regular season. Cappa showed critical growth as a run blocker, but most importantly was excellent in pass protection, surrendering 29 pressures while giving up zero sacks.
Unfortunately for Cappa, he was injured about halfway through the Bucs Wild Card playoff game against Washington in early January, breaking his ankle. With their right guard sidelined, Tampa Bay turned to career reserve Aaron Stinnie, who held his own through three playoff games on the way to a Super Bowl title. Stinnie returns to the Bucs this season on a one-year deal, giving them some much-needed depth behind Marpet and Cappa.
Cappa is currently slated to make $2.1 million this season in a contract year. If the Bucs fourth-year guard can put together another fine campaign, he’ll likely set himself up to be one of the top offensive linemen on the market in free agency in 2022.
Jon Ledyard is PewterReport.com's newest Bucs beat writer and has experience covering the Pittsburgh Steelers as a beat writer and analyzing the NFL Draft for several draft websites, including The Draft Network. Follow Ledyard on Twitter at @LedyardNFLDraft