ORLANDO, Fla. – A productive rookie season for Jordan Mills will earn the Chicago Bears right tackle a hefty check in 2016.
The NFL Management Council shared each club's performance-based pay distributions for the 2013 season Monday and Mills, a fifth-round draft pick from Louisiana Tech, topped the earnings list for the entire league.
Performance-based pay divides a pool of $3.46 million for each team and each player receives a share. The payments for each player are determined by playing time and a player’s salary. The players earning the least and playing the most receive the bigger pieces of the pie.
Mills will earn $318,243.96 – more than three-quarters of his base pay of $405,000 for the entire season.
Free safety Chris Conte was next on the Bears' list, earning $210,957. Nickel cornerback Isaiah Frey was next with $179,411 followed by cornerback Zack Bowman ($162,273) and linebacker Jon Bostic ($143,309).
Payments are deferred until April 1, 2016.
Rounding out the top 10 for the Bears were:
LG Matt Slauson $134,485
TE Dante Rosario $126,156
WR Alshon Jeffery $121,902
DE David Bass $111,228
RG Kyle Long $98,516
Other notable payouts:
QB Jay Cutler $8,041
WR Brandon Marshall $13,971
LB Lance Briggs $10,504
DE Julius Peppers $8,897
CB Charles Tillman $7,548
RB Matt Forte $16,686
The player receiving the smallest payout was defensive tackle Tracy Robertson at $327.14.