William Gay, others cash in

Pittsburgh Steelers cornerback William Gay received some heat for his struggles in his first year as a full-time starter. But Gay did receive a nice bonus for his efforts.

On Tuesday, the NFL released its list of the top 25 players with performance-based bonuses. Gay earned the fourth-highest amount with $325,607.

The bonuses are based on playing time earned last season compared to their original salary level. Gay played in all 16 games for Pittsburgh and started 14.

Here is the full list of AFC North players who received sizable performance-based bonuses:

4. Gay, Steelers cornerback, $325,607

18. Kyle Cook, Cincinnati Bengals center, $268,122

24. Brandon McDonald, Cleveland Browns cornerback, $248,403