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No performance-based pay for players in 2011

Posted on: February 18, 2012 7:31 pm
Edited on: February 18, 2012 7:32 pm
 
Despite Cruz's breakout season, there will be no performance-based paychecks in his immediate future. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Unlike 2002-2009, there will be no performance-based pay for NFL players following the 2011 season, NFLPA spokesman Carl Francis told the Newark Star-Ledger this week. This was also the case in 2010's uncapped season and the ramifications mean this: guys like Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz will earn their base salaries for last season and not a dime more based on on-field contributions.

"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," the Star-Ledger's Mike Garalo wrote Friday. "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 exemptions.

"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.'"

In 2009, the last year for performance-based pay, Vikings center John Sullivan was rewarded with a $397,555 bonus (his base salary: $385,000) and Giants cornerback Bruce Johnson earned an extra $270,766.

Nicks, in the third year of his rookie deal, made a base salary of $575,000 in 2011. Cruz, signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010, made just $405,000. (The Freakonomics blog breaks down an entire team of players who outperformed their current contracts.)

Performance-based pay was a means of rewarding low-salaried players based on productivity. And while five or six-figure checks may not mean much for guys pulling down tens of millions annually, it's a huge deal for young players making league minimum or close to it. But the system hasn't been abolished entirely; in fact, as PFT points out, the new collective-bargaining agreement explains that the fund will exist “[i]n each year League Year after the 2011 League Year.”

Which is good news for (relatively) low wage earners in 2012, less so for the Freakonomics' Dough Bowl All-Stars.

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Comments

Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:56 pm
 

No performance-based pay for players in 2011

There should be a base salary and all contracts should be performance based.  Could you imagine the effort that we would witness if that were true?  But realistically, with a hard cap it is too hard to not go over the cap because you cannot plan for a guy like Cruz exploding onto the scene.
Wouldn't everyone just play for their stats then? Also how would you rank O-line and other trench positions? Or defensive positions like cornerback?

If I'm on the team I just play for my stats and try to run up the score on offense. On defense I just go straight for the sack and ignore the runner.

That's why you have to be careful with that.



Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 5:43 pm
 

No performance-based pay for players in 2011

There should be a base salary and all contracts should be performance based.  Could you imagine the effort that we would witness if that were true?  But realistically, with a hard cap it is too hard to not go over the cap because you cannot plan for a guy like Cruz exploding onto the scene.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: February 20, 2012 2:59 pm
 

No performance-based pay for players in 2011

With the rookie salary cap in place and those long contracts, it would make sense to have build in performance escalators for low earning rookies. Nobody likes to be underpaid relative to the market, anybody that says they do is either a liar or an idiot. And that's all it is, it's always relative.

If you take the rank you are in your profession, let's say you are in the top 100 overall, if you are making the same money as the bottom 100 people, chances are you'd be pretty pissed. In the real world people move around from job to job if there is a big salary discrepency, it is actually somewhat rare for a current company to radically increase someone's salary, but competing companies tend to make calls and offer jobs all the time because they deal with that person and understand their value.

But it's always to your field. Even if you claim you do more work than someone else, the payscale is going to be different for an EMT vs. a doctor. The top EMT doesn't get to compare to the top doctors and get paid that way.



Since: Sep 5, 2011
Posted on: February 20, 2012 9:34 am
 

No performance-based pay for players in 2011

Comparing everyday jobs and salaries to NFL players and their salaries is just pointless.  Chances are, you are not as important to your company as Victor Cruz was to the Giants success this past season, and if you were, I highly doubt the stakes were nearly as high financially.  Performance based bonuses are a great way to keep guys from feeling like they are getting sccrewed for being better than the scouts and personnel departments predicted.  Its been said a thousand times, if you outperform your pay grade they dont owe you anything, but if you underperform, they can cut you. This bonus money should be put aside for young players who have not reached their second deal who absolutely light it up. I think that is better money put aside than money slated for "veterans" slaries.  If a veteran is still a good player, they are going to make their money.  If they are not, why pad their salaries over a second year guy's who is the 3rd best receiver in the game making less than half a mill a season?



Since: Nov 24, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 10:12 pm
 

No performance-based pay for players in 2011

Nice picture. Looks like some rtard just got a free happy meal with a little princess toy inside.



Since: Feb 21, 2008
Posted on: February 19, 2012 11:59 am
 

No performance-based pay for players in 2011

I know the Union would never go for performance based salaries, though it makes sense. Every position has its base salary and based on performance incentives kick in. This would reward the on the field play and encourage all to play their best. The union only cries if they are not paid incentives on top of normal salaries, but again all the players agreed to this in the cba. We must not feel to bad for these players, who remembers entering the work force and having to accept the starting base pay? Those employees who performed at a high level were rewarded through the performance review process. These players will be rewarded when they sign their new contract, even if franchised taged they will get a significant bump in pay. Plus really this is a one year exception and the lauded performance incentives will return next year, so really this article is just to stir the pot and give people something to talk about before the combines start next week and for that we thank you.



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2012 8:29 am
 

No performance-based pay for players in 2011

It should all be performanced based pay. Haynesworth and CK2K wouldn't have been such a big deal then.



Since: Feb 9, 2007
Posted on: February 19, 2012 1:30 am
 

No performance-based pay for players in 2011

I know $405K (What V Cruz earned in 2011) sounds like a lot of money to people pulling down $50-100K (or less) per year, but based on the punishment their bodies take week in, and week out, and constant exposure to a career-ending injury, it's really not all that much. Especially considering the kind of season Cruz had. His play was instrumental in the Giants getting to and winning the SB. Many of these players have NFL careers that last less than 10 years, and some who get banged around 25-30 times per games (like running backs), often last even less than that. I'm not saying these athletes are underpaid, but in many cases, it's not easy money considering the risks.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:45 am
 

No performance-based pay for players in 2011

They make enough money.
I feel the same about you. I hope you never get a bonus



Since: Apr 23, 2010
Posted on: February 19, 2012 12:06 am
 

No performance-based pay for players in 2011

They make enough money.


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