Brian De La Puente earns big bonus

New Orleans center Brian De La Puente, who quietly has become a very solid anchor of the offensive line, was the biggest winner on the Saints when it came to the performance-based pool for the 2012 season.

The performance pool is designed to reward players with low base salaries who get significant playing time. De La Puente earned an extra $289,000, according to league sources.

The other New Orleans players to earn at least $100,000 from the pool were safety Isa Abdul-Quddus ($232,000), cornerback Corey White ($196,000), tight end Jimmy Graham ($146,000), safety Rafael Bush ($135,000), fullback Jed Collins ($134,000), defensive tackle Akiem Hicks ($129,000), defensive tackle Tom Johnson ($114,000), defensive end Junior Galette ($114,000), defensive end Martez Wilson ($113,000) and receiver Joe Morgan ($111,000).