The NFL has announced the top annual player performance-based pay amounts for last season. In total, NFL Players will receive $134.16 million in “Performance-Based Pay” this year. The Performance-Based Pay program is a collectively-bargained benefit that compensates all players, including rookies, based upon their playing time and salary levels.
In addition to the Performance-Based Pay pool, the NFL Players Association has elected to dedicate $35.2 million in benefits (i.e., $1.1 million per club) to fund a Veteran Performance-Based Compensation Pool (the “Veteran Pool”) for players with more than one accrued season. In total, $169.36 million will be disbursed to players under the combined pools.
Players become eligible to receive a bonus distribution in any regular season in which they play at least one official down.

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