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Corey Linsley Earns NFL's Second-Highest Performance-Based Pay

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Corey Linsley Earns NFL's Second-Highest Performance-Based Pay

Green Bay Packers center Corey Linsley—Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports.

Green Bay Packers center Corey Linsley—Jeff Hanisch, USA TODAY Sports.

Green Bay Packers center Corey Linsley ranked second in the NFL in performance based pay for the 2014 season, the league announced on Friday.

The fifth round draft choice earned an extra $339,556 after playing every single snap on offense last season. Only Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson received more than Linsley, earning $373,671.

Left tackle David Bakhtiari ranked second on the Packers and 15th overall in the NFL, taking home an extra $263,333.

The NFL explains how performance-based pay is calculated and shared among teams:

Under the Performance-Based Pay system, a fund is created and used as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. Players become eligible to receive a bonus distribution in any regular season in which they play at least one official down.

Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a “player index.” To produce the index, a player’s regular-season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular-season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player’s index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his pay.

Most of the league's highest-paid players in performance-based pay are those on their first NFL contract that are not making as much as their veteran teammates.

Linsley and Bakhtiari are among the league leaders because they are not highly compensated compared to their peers, but they played a very high percentage of hte team's snaps this past season.

Bakhtiari was the Packers' leader in performance-based pay last season.

The complete list of performance-based pay is shared by reporter Rob Demovsky at

You'll notice the two players receiving the smallest portions performance-based pay on the Packers roster are quarterback Aaron Rodgers and linebacker Andy Mulumba.

Rodgers received such a small cut because he's already highly compensated while Mulumba received the least because he only played a small amount, landing on injured reserve after just two games.

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Doug_In_Sandpoint's picture

Linsley is the real deal. This was Ted at his very best. Am I reading this correctly, that these performance bonuses are paid by the league. As such they are not part of the salary cap, right? What a great thing to be able to mention to attract undrafted free agents (that you have a real chance to make additional coin with the Pack, just like Linsley).

The TKstinator's picture

Remember, this guy was a 5th rounder all of you "gotta take a DT in the 1st and ILB in the second" folks.

Like 12 said, "R E L A X"

(And I'll try to keep it in mind too.)

4thand1's picture

Also he preformed head shoulders above EDS. A lot of people were whining about not signing him last year.

Nick Perry's picture

To think he was BEHIND Tretter and if not for the injury to JC, we might not have found out just how good this guy is, Tretter was going to be the starter. My buddy kept telling me how great he was coming out of OSU and to me he was just a guy Ted took in the 5th, didn't know much about him. Now in his 2nd year, playing between the best guard tandem in the NFL, the sky is the limit for Corey. Keep making those performance $$$ Corey and congrats!

The TKstinator's picture

Ditto on the Tretter thing.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

I complained about not re-signing EDS because I didn't like the idea of relying on a guy (Tretter) who'd never played a snap in the NFL to start at center. I called for TT to draft a true center or re-sign EDS or sign someone like de la Puente. I was much more comfortable when TT drafted a true center (though I had my eye on a couple of prospects in the 3rd round, and didn't think that highly of Linsley). I wanted a 2nd option behind Tretter in case Tretter flamed out. So I will offer a partial internet mea culpa.

4thand1's picture

I also thought EDS was an ok center and was a little uneasy about no experience at center. But I had a feeling TT wouldn't overpay for an (ok) center. Give the scout a raise who keyed on Linsley.

DavedS's picture

Tretter played Tight End and Tackle for 1-AA Cornell and didn't have any real experience at Center--he could've turned out better than Linsley but if he is really that good we can use him elsewhere on the line.

TommyG's picture

This is great news. Not only because his efforts were for our team, but also because he played superbly.

Tom Legener's picture

Meanwhile the Rams let Scott Wells go, and the Vikes cut Jennings. So much for take the money and run.

barutanseijin's picture

Who's to say Wells & Jennings wouldn't have been cut had they stayed in Green Bay? If you're putting your body & future on the line playing pro ball, you need to do what makes the most financial sense for you and your family fan loyalties be damned.

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