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Retired LB Zach Orr receives additional $407k in last NFL paycheck

Retired Ravens linebacker Zach Orr was rewarded with a team-leading $406,939.99 in performance-based pay from the NFL after topping Baltimore in tackles last season. AP Photo/Nick Wass

Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Zach Orr was forced to retire at age 24 because of a congenital spine and neck condition.

On Wednesday, nearly two months since his announcement, Orr received a parting gift.

Orr was rewarded with a team-leading $406,939.99 in performance-based pay from the NFL after topping Baltimore in tackles last season. This NFL program was set up to compensate players who play the most but make the least.

“It’s definitely nice to wake up and have my agent call me and let me know that’s what I got,” Orr told the team's website. “It’s especially nice knowing it’s the last nice little check that I get from the league.”

This is a significant bonus considering Orr made $600,000 last season. Orr had a breakout season in 2016, when he recorded 130 tackles -- 38 more than anyone else on the team -- and played 911 snaps (second most on the defense).

The other top bonuses for Ravens players included cornerback Tavon Young ($278,224.71), fullback Kyle Juszczyk ($222,364.419), guard Vladimir Ducasse ($205,554.90) and outside linebacker Za'Darius Smith ($182,036.08).

Offensive tackle Rick Wagner had led the Ravens in performance-based pay the previous two seasons.