Lacey, Studdard earn extra cash

Just two players in the AFC South rate among the top 25 in the league’s performance-based pay program.

Both got the playing time that led to the financial rewards because of injuries to starters ahead of them.

Indianapolis rookie corner Jacob Lacey was 20th, earning an additional $263,563, while Houston guard Kasey Studdard was 25th with $247,983.

Lacey played a lot because of injuries to Marlin Jackson and Kelvin Hayden. Studdard got in to the lineup when Chester Pitts went down early.

Some explanation from the league on how the performance based pay works:

“The program created a fund that was used as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary…

“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.”

The league also put out a list of the top-25 earners over the lifespan of the program -- from 2002 through 2009.

C.C. Brown, the safety who played for Houston and the Giants, was fifth, Colts safety Antoine Bethea seventh and Houston tight end Owen Daniels 23rd.