NO PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY FOR NFL PLAYERS THIS YEAR
"From 2002 through the 2009 season, the NFL had a system in which players who
had big seasons on little salaries would be somewhat compensated in the form of
Last year, following the uncapped season, such players didn't get those
checks. This year, they won't get them either.
Per NFL Players Association spokesman Carl Francis, there will be no
performance-based pay pursuant to the 2011 season, meaning players such as the
Giants' Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks will
miss out on a few hundred thousand bucks.
Francis wrote in an email that money has been allocated elsewhere to overall
salaries and benefits following the lockout and the agreement on a new
collective bargaining agreement. One example of where such money has been
redirected was the $3-million salary-cap exemption teams received to keep
veterans this past season. This season, teams will have three $1.5-million
According to Francis, performance-based pay is a part of the new CBA and will
be paid out in the future, though the league and the union are "still
negotiating the language."
Following the 2009 season, the league handed out over $109 million in
performance-based pay. Vikings center John Sullivan led the league with a
$397,555 check. (Sullivan
finally got his big payday this past December.) Cornerback Bruce Johnson led
the Giants that year with $270,766.
Cruz, who set a franchise-record with 1,536 yards, was a starter for much of
the second half of the regular season, so he would've been high on the list this
season after making only $450,000 in base salary. Nicks, who earned a $575,000
base salary, started 15 games. Tight end Jake Ballard and defensive tackle
Linval Joseph, both of whom earned $450,000 in base salary in 2011, are two
other players who probably would've received a check close to their salary.
Cruz said in an
interview with ProFootballTalk.com after the Super Bowl, "I feel like I
deserve to be paid more money at this point," though he reiterated later in the
day he'd let
his agents handle the business side of things. Performance-based pay
wouldn't have been a multi-million deal, but a check might've helped soften the
blow. There are no indications at this point Cruz plans to take a hard stance in
negotiations, such as a holdout.
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All of the above may or may not be news to folks. But considering even a few
agents were expecting PBP checks for their players, I figured it would be news
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Meanwhile, TheLantern.com is reporting former Giants defensive coordinator
Bill Sheridan has
accepted a job in the same role with the Buccaneers, joining former Giants
quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan and former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano on the
Sheridan had one miserable year as the Giants' coordinator in 2009 before
being fired the day after the season ended. He was the Dolphins' linebackers
coach the past two years and recently accepted a position on Urban Meyer's staff
at Ohio State. But that obviously didn't last very long.
The Giants face the Buccaneers at MetLife Stadium next season. The date of
the game is to be determined."