Two players with Alabama football roots were among the NFL’s leaders in the performance-based pay program for the 2018 season.
Chicago Bears safety Eddie Jackson received a bonus of $323,451, and New England Patriots cornerback Jonathan Jones received a bonus of $323,294. Those ranked 11th and 12th, respectively, among the performance-base payouts that were announced this week.
The performance-based pay program distributed $140.88 million to NFL players for the 2018 season. The system aims to supplement the compensation for players whose playing time is disproportionate to their salary.
How much each player is entitled to receive is determined by comparing playing time and compensation. Lower-paid players with high snap counts get bigger pieces of the supplemental pie.
A fourth-round choice in the 2017 NFL Draft, Jackson was on the field for 905 defensive snaps and 39 special-teams plays for the Bears during the 2018 season.
An undrafted free agent who entered the NFL in 2016, Jones was on the field for 515 defensive snaps and 260 special-teams plays for New England during the 2018 season.
Jackson had a base salary of $555,000 and Jones had a base salary of $630,000 in 2018. Jackson’s salary was the minimum for a player with one season of NFL experience, and Jones’ salary was the minimum for a player with two seasons of NFL experience.
Baltimore Ravens center Matt Skura topped the performance-based payouts at $395,660 for 2018.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter @AMarkG1.