Ted Karras leads Patriots’ performance-based pay

Andy Hart
March 12, 2020 - 4:51 pm

Since 2002, the NFL has had a performance-based pay program that uses an annual pool of money set aside to reward players who see more playing time than their peers relative to their salaries.

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The league announced its performance-based pay numbers Thursday and Patriots offensive lineman Ted Karras earned the second-biggest overall payout in the program, a total of $635,947.

Karras stepped into the starting lineup in place of veteran David Andrews, starting all 15 games he played in the middle of the New England offensive line. That earned Karras $393,363 from the traditional performance-based pay pool. He also earned an additional $242, 584 from a veteran performance pool, most of any player in the NFL for last season.

Chiefs undrafted rookie cornerback Charvarius Ward led the traditional performance-based pay program with a payout of $428,335.

Other Patriots earning significant performance-based paychecks, among the top 25 payouts in the NFL for 2019, included cornerback J.C. Jackson with a total of $559,036 (ninth-most) and offensive lineman Marshall Newhouse’s $476, 850 (22nd).

In sum, players will receive $147.952 million in performance-based pay for 2019, as well as $83.2 million for a veteran’s performance-based compensation pool for players with one or more accrued NFL seasons. Since 2002, NFL players have collectively received $1.8 billion cumulatively in the performance-based pay program.

Karras is a former sixth-round pick out of Illinois who has played four seasons with the Patriots. He's set to hit free agency next week. 

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