ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Denver Broncos continue to get plenty for their money on offense, where some of their key starters do plenty of the heavy lifting with smaller contracts.
Those players were also the team leaders in the NFL’s performance-based payouts.
For the second season in the row, center Matt Paradis led the way for the team as he earned an additional $306,002.71 in performance-based pay as he played every snap of the 2016 season. Paradis’ base salary this past season was $525,000.
Paradis also led the team in performance-based pay in 2015 with a $391,648 bonus -- the highest in the league that year -- in addition to his base salary. Performance-based pay most impacts players who are starters and usually still under a rookie deal as a late-round pick or a former practice squad player.
Paradis spent his rookie season on the practice squad before he became a starter. He figures to be among the league leaders again next season if he returns from offseason surgery on both hips, as expected, given he's on a one-year tender for the 2017 season ($615,000) as an exclusive rights free agent.
Performance-based pay was implemented in 2002 as part of the collective bargaining agreement. It is calculated based on a player’s salary-cap charge in relation to his playing time. This year, each team divvied up $3.995 million to its players based on performance during the 2016 season.
Von Miller, for example, who signed a $114.5 million deal last July, earned $11,338.46 in performance-based pay despite finishing second in voting for the league’s Defensive Player of the Year Award.
The Broncos awarded some of their biggest payouts on offense. Guard Max Garcia was awarded $263,391.03, quarterback Trevor Siemian was awarded $234,468.14 and guard Michael Schofield was awarded $211,034.92.
Other Broncos who topped $100,000 in performance-based pay were LB Shaquil Barrett ($177,307.28), LB Todd Davis ($179,155.47), FB Andy Janovich ($122,051.73), LB Corey Nelson ($185,097.19), S Will Parks ($175,500.27), S Justin Simmons ($129,040.73) and WR Jordan Taylor ($145,474.27).