LACK OF PERFORMANCE -BASED PAY WILL COST SEVERAL GIANTS HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS
"For the second year in a row, the NFL will not issue performance-based pay for players with
minimal salaries who exceeded the investment made in them. For the New York
Giants, players like Victor
Ballard and Linval
Joseph will go without what potentially could have been hundreds of
Mike Garafolo of The Star-Ledger reports that instead of performance-based pay, the NFL has
allocated the funds in other areas, namely the $3 million salary-cap exemption
from 2011 and the three $1.5 million salary-cap exemptions in 2012.
Performance-based pay will eventually return to the NFL, and is a
part of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, but exact details have not yet
been hammered out. Accordingly, players like the aforementioned Cruz and Nicks,
who each earned less than $580,000 in 2011, will not benefit from it.
In 2009, defensive back Bruce
Johnson led the team in performance-based pay, earning an additional
$270,766 on top of his salary of approximately $311,000.
Low-end salaries in 2011: