Tony Jefferson tops Cardinals performance-based bonuses

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Sitting atop the Cardinals’ list of performance-based bonuses from 2014 was a safety who quietly filled holes in their secondary whenever called upon.

Tony Jefferson, who started eight games and played 647 snaps, earned a bonus of $252,806.34 -- more than half his 2014 salary of $495,000. He saw his playing time increase when Tyrann Mathieu was coming back from a knee injury to start the season and also when he went down with a fractured thumb in December.

Each team had $3.63 million to distribute based on a formula that compared how much a player is compensated to how much he contributes to his team. It tends to favor lower-paid players who either have starting roles or are top backups with high snap counts.

In the case of veteran linebacker Larry Foote, who was second on the Cardinals with a performance-based bonus of $231,429.79, he played about 94 percent of the Cardinals’ defensive snaps but earned less than $1 million.

Tackle Bobby Massie received $225,089.09, Alex Okafor got $169,015.35 and rookie receiver John Brown earned $163,368.89 to round out the top five.

Undrafted tight end Darren Fells earned $91,061.59 while kicker Chandler Catanzaro, also undrafted, received $44,692.73.

Here’s the complete list:

Tony Jefferson, S: $252,806.34

Larry Foote, LB: $231,429.78

Bobby Massie, T: $225,089.09

Alex Okafor, LB: $169,015.35

John Brown, WR: $163,368.89

Andre Ellington, RB: $138,746

Jaron Brown, WR: $134,091.77

Paul Fanaika, G: $131,067.75

Robert Hughes, RB: $120,522.26

Tommy Kelly, DT: $111,776.63

Justin Bethel, CB: $97,942.92

Ted Larsen, G: $95,361.56

Darren Fells, TE: $91,061.59

Tyrann Mathieu, S: $87,121.78

Stepfan Taylor, RB: $84,917.70

Rashad Johnson, FS: $83,762.67

Deone Bucannon, SS: $78,816.68

Frostee Rucker, DT: $73,446.80

Kenny Demens, LB: $69,637.69

Ed Stinson, DT: $68,057.95

Jared Veldheer, T: $61,620.71

Sam Acho: LB: $61,471.55

John Carlson, TE: $61,419.48

Marcus Benard, LB: $55,237.61

Kareem Martin, DE: $51,365

Michael Floyd, WR: $47,885.28

Kevin Minter, LB: $46,412.60

Marion Grice, RB: $45,074.94

Chandler Catanzaro, K: $44,692.73

Glenn Carson, LB: $44,142.17

Rob Housler, TE: $41,317.18

Drew Butler, P: $37,687.08

Lorenzo Alexander, LB: $36,730.16

Antonio Cromartie, CB: $36,067.40

Ryan Lindley, QB: $35,892.23

Lyle Sendlein, C: $35,409.11

Josh Mauro, DE: $31,893.14

Matt Shaughnessy, LB: $31,272.98

Kerwynn Williams, RB: $30,269.31

Dan Williams, NT: $30,210.04

Troy Niklas, TE: $29,280.33

Jerraud Powers, CB: $25,007.40

Drew Stanton, QB: $24,251.64

Ted Ginn, WR: $24,018.99

Patrick Peterson, CB: $20,942.54

Mike Leach, LS: $19,367.11

Thomas Keiser, LB: $18,412.54

Bradley Sowell, T: $14,421.91

Earl Watford, G: $13,850.02

Larry Fitzgerald, WR: $13,770.39

Jonathan Dwyer, RB: $11,661.26

Calais Campbell, DE: $10,961.60

Jonathan Cooper, G: $8,721.41

Alameda Ta’amu, NT: $6,974.45

Logan Thomas, QB: $4,448.98

Carson Palmer, QB: $4,345.90

Chris Clemons, S: $3,026.72

Dave Zastudil, P: $1,985.91

Jalen Parmele, RB: $1,937.67

John Abraham, LB: $1,499.31