Titans’ Quinton Spain earns the most ‘Performance-Based Pay’ in 2017(Complete List)

NFL Players will receive $134.16 million in “Performance-Based Pay” for their performance during the 2017 season, the NFL announced today. The Performance-Based Pay program is a collectively-bargained benefit that compensates all players, including rookies, based upon their playing time and salary levels.

Tennessee Titans’ guard Quinton Spain earned the highest amount of all NFL players, both in the Performance-Based Pay program, as well as the Veteran Pool. Under the combined pools, Spain will receive $489,782. Spain, a 2015 undrafted free agent out of West Virginia, played in 14 games for the Titans this season, starting all games in which he played. He played in 85.71% of Tennessee’s offensive plays, as well 13.08% of the Titans’ special teams plays, while earning the league minimum salary for a player with two credited seasons. See the tables below for the top 25 bonuses in each category.

Players have been paid nearly $1.4 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 extended the benefit for the 2017 season.

TOP 25 PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY DISTRIBUTIONS FOR 2017

 

PLAYER

 

CLUB

 

POS

 

COLLEGE

ROOKIE

YEAR

DRAFT

ROUND

 

DISTRIBUTION

1 Quinton Spain Tennessee G West Virginia 2015 UDFA $ 385,490.95
2 Wes Schweitzer Atlanta G San Jose State 2016 6 $ 376,698.80
3 Jalen Mills Philadelphia CB LSU 2016 7 $ 364,744.97
4 Anthony Brown Dallas CB Purdue 2016 6 $ 345,299.22
5 Keelan Cole Jacksonville WR Kentucky Wesleyan 2017 UDFA $ 344,998.87
6 Nicholas Morrow Oakland LB Greenville 2017 UDFA $ 337,312.82
7 Eddie Jackson Chicago S Alabama 2017 4 $ 334,782.65
8 John Wetzel Arizona T Boston College 2013 UDFA $ 333,603.68
9 Kevin Byard Tennessee S Middle Tennessee 2016 3 $ 333,066.93
10 Mike Hilton Pittsburgh CB Mississippi 2016 UDFA $ 327,377.67
11 Daryl Williams Carolina T Oklahoma 2015 4 $ 321,834.89
12 Jayon Brown Tennessee LB UCLA 2017 5 $ 321,425.69
13 Trevor Williams LA Chargers CB Penn State 2016 UDFA $ 316,820.42
14 Shaq Mason New England G Georgia Tech 2015 4 $ 314,837.80
15 Ricardo Allen Atlanta S Purdue 2014 5 $ 313,711.25
16 Dak Prescott Dallas QB Mississippi State 2016 4 $ 313,406.43
17 Trey Hopkins Cincinnati G Texas 2014 UDFA $ 310,435.00
18 Jesse Davis Miami G/T Idaho 2015 UDFA $ 308,989.36
19 Spencer Pulley LA Chargers C Vanderbilt 2016 UDFA $ 304,021.36
20 Tyler Larsen Carolina C Utah State 2014 UDFA $ 299,594.37
21 Joe Thuney New England G North Carolina State 2016 3 $ 296,620.57
22 Ken Crawley New Orleans CB Colorado 2016 UDFA $ 295,826.77
23 Jesse James Pittsburgh TE Penn State 2015 5 $ 293,971.07
24 Halapoulivaati Vaitai Philadelphia T TCU 2016 5 $ 293,132.51
25 Blake Martinez Green Bay LB Stanford 2016 4 $ 291,170.83

UDFA – Undrafted free agent