Tyler Polumbus, who started and played all 16 games at right tackle for the Washington Redskins in 2013, received the largest share of performance-based pay issued by the NFL this week.
Polumbus earned an additional $190,600.88, according to figures released by the NFL Management Council on Monday. It will be a while until Polumbus receives that money, though: The amounts will not be paid out by the league until April 1, 2016.
The NFL and the NFL Players Association agreed upon the performance-based pay system as part of the collective bargaining agreement in 2002 with the intent of rewarding players whose contributions far outweigh what would be expected from someone who signed a similar contract.
Nearly all of the top earners league-wide were players who went undrafted last April and were thrust into a consistent role, or players who signed minimum-level contracts who played at a high level. Polumbus, who did not miss a snap in 2013, signed a two-year contract last March that called for an $800,000 base salary last season.
Yet virtually every player benefits from the program; wide receiver Pierre Garçon, who counted for a team-high $8.1 million against the salary cap last season on a $5.6 million base salary, earned an extra $17,161.96 after a season in which he caught a team-record 113 passes.
Other players who earned more than $100,000 as part of the program include cornerback David Amerson ($173,375.26), running back Alfred Morris ($167,853.62), safety Bacarri Rambo ($162,807.03), tight end Logan Paulsen ($142,295.44), wide receiver Aldrick Robinson ($134,757.97), inside linebacker Perry Riley ($129,996.99), running back Roy Helu ($125,259.73), tight end Jordan Reed ($108,461.01) and tight end Niles Paul ($103,475.30).
Even quarterback Robert Griffin III earned an additional $27,047.47, while inside linebacker Will Compton, who played only on special teams in the final game of the season, will receive $7,940.73.