At the conclusion of each league year, performance-based payouts are tabulated by the league for distribution amongst NFL players.
Following the 2013 league year, each NFL team received $3.46 million to pay out to their players, with the amount each player earns determined by the league.
The “performance-based payout” title is somewhat misleading, as the primary beneficiaries of this money are actually those players who played extensively but had low salaries relative to their teammates, rather than just the top performers, regardless of salary.
These payments were recently determined and a document was distributed to NFL franchises. The actually payments won’t be made to the players until April 1 of 2016, but the players are nonetheless happy to earn these future bonuses.
Below is a breakdown of how much each Patriot will earn of the $3.46 million chunk.