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Performance Based Pay Is Complicated; Chris Horton Pleased Anyhow

Posted by Matt Terl on March 24, 2009 – 2:27 pm

In my previous post on the Redskins’ compensatory pick, I mentioned Chris Horton‘s performance-based pay, which has prompted a few people to ask me for an explanation of how this money is awarded.

I’ll be honest with you: I barely understand it myself. I’ve read the league’s press release on the subject a few times now, and it never seems to fully clarify itself. Here are the “explanatory” paragraphs:

Performance-Based Pay was created as part of the NFL’s 2002 Collective Bargaining Agreement extension with the NFL Players Association. The system creates a fund used to supplement player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. This program will stay in place through the remaining years of the CBA in which a Salary Cap exists. In 2009, the Performance-Based Pay fund will be approximately $3.5 million per club, which is a five percent increase over the 2008 fund.

Players become eligible to receive Performance-Based Pay in any regular season in which they play at least one official down.

Under the system, Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a “player index.” To produce the index, a player’s regular-season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular-season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player’s index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his pay.

Ooookay. To clarify this (at least in theory), the league has included this chart, which looks at a hypothetical four person team. (Click for a larger image.)

So essentially what happens, when you clear away all the jargon and the details, is that a player’s playing time is matched up against his compensation, and that ratio determines how much of his team’s allocated performance-based pay he receives. Fair enough.

All of which led me to an important question: did this unexpected check make up for the non-existent bonus Randy Thomas told Horton he would be getting? I’m not at Redskins Park at the moment, but Intern Matt was kind enough to ask Horton my question, along with some follow-ups of his own. Read more »

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Tuesday, March 24: Hey, An Extra Pick!

Posted by Matt Terl on March 24, 2009 – 10:27 am

Last night, the Redskins were awarded a compensatory pick in the seventh round of this year’s NFL draft, the 243rd overall. It’s easy to be sarcastic about this pick.

You could point out that it would technically be an early eighth round pick, not a late seventh, for example. Or you could say that it really is roughly accurate compensation for losing Mark Brunell’s 2007 performance — zero games started, zero games played — or for his similar performance in New Orleans this year (zero games started, two games played, no passes attempted).

But all of that misses the more optimistic point, which is this:
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