Atlanta's Robert McClain cleans up

Cornerback Robert McClain was one of the most pleasant surprises for the Atlanta Falcons last season, and he’s being rewarded for it.

McClain will receive an extra $269,000 as part of the NFL’s performance-based pool, which is designed to reward players with low base salaries that get significant playing time. McClain got the biggest chunk of Atlanta’s $3.46 million pool.

Other players to earn more than $100,000 in the performance pool were center Todd McClure ($251,000), guard Peter Konz ($175,000), running back Jacquizz Rodgers ($159,000), linebacker Akeem Dent ($146,000), receiver Drew Davis ($139,000), safety William Moore ($135,000) and safety Chris Hope ($125,000).

I'll get you the biggest winners in the performance-based pool for the other NFC South teams a little later.