Travis Swanson made $545,000 in cash last season playing for the Detroit Lions. On Monday, he picked up a bonus adding up to more than one-fourth of his salary for the season.
The NFL released the performance-based bonus pay allocated to each team on Monday and Swanson, the team’s starting center last season, led the list of Detroit players divvying up $3,802,500. The way the bonuses are divided up is based on salary and playing time.
A bunch of Lions players did quite well as 14 guys picked up more than $100,000. Though no one had any outrageous numbers like Shaun Hill's $76.90 after the 2013 season, the numbers do vary widely.
The top five Lions this year: Swanson ($191,905.10); Josh Bynes ($181,802.72); Nevin Lawson ($174,371.98); Quandre Diggs ($171,636.24) and Tahir Whitehead ($164,314.78).
The bottom five Lions this year: Bill Bentley ($2,773.78); Gabe Ikard ($1,543,77); Corey Robinson ($1,195.24); Kerry Hyder ($622.16); DeAndre Levy ($591.88).
Among the Lions big-name players, Calvin Johnson picked up $6,548.99, Matthew Stafford got an extra $7,811.13 and Pro Bowler Ezekiel Ansah nabbed an extra $19,572.91.