Cornerback Bruce Johnson leads Giants in performance-based pay
Mar/14/10 10:58 PM Filed in: Bruce Johnson
For the first time in three years, the Giants player who received the most in performance-based pay was not Michael Johnson.
But it was a Johnson. Bruce Johnson, to be exact.
The rookie cornerback, an undrafted free agent who made the final roster and saw plenty of duty this past season because of injuries to Aaron Ross and Kevin Dockery, received $270,766 in PBP, according to NFL Players Assoociation records. Not a bad payday, considering his salary for his rookie season was only slightly more at $310,000.
The league hands out PBP checks to players whose playing time exceeded expectations (i.e. those players who were bargains because of low salaries and high amounts of playing time). The top of the list is usually dominated by low-round picks and undrafted free agents who found their way into starting or supporting roles. I'm hearing Vikings C John Sullivan, a former sixth-round pick who started every game this past season, had the highest payout in the league, though I'm not sure how much he received.
The National Football Post reports Sullivan indeed led the league with $397,555.
Michael Johnson, who is now likely out of a starting job after the Giants signed Antrel Rolle to start alongside Kenny Phillips (if healthy), received the second-largest PBP check on the team with $235,445.
Coming in third was TE Kevin Boss ($221,100), followed by CB Terrell Thomas ($207,125) and recently released S Aaron Rouse ($193,598).