Falcons cornerback Brent Grimes and safety Thomas DeCoud were in the top 25 players league-wide to receive additional salary as part of the league’s “Performance-Based Pay” program, the National Football League announced on Tuesday.
Grimes received an additional $282,484, which ranked 15th in the league.
DeCoud received an additional $250,401, which ranked 23rd in the league.
Minnesota center John Sullivan earned the top figure in the league at $397,555.
The system was created as part of the NFL’s 2002 Collective Bargaining Agreement extension with the NFL Players Association. The amount is arrived at by a formula that compares playing time to salary.
Here’s how the formula is calculated:
“Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a ‘player index,”‘ according to a league press release. “To produce the index, a player’s regular-season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular-season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player’s index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his pay.”
Grimes had a bumpy start to last season. He struggled in the preseason at left cornerback and couldn’t hold down the position after the team acquired Brian Williams.
He started off the season playing in nickel situations on the left side and Williams slid down inside. When Williams was lost for the season with a knee injury, Grimes returned to the starting lineup, but continued to struggle.
After Chris Houston, who’s since been traded, was out with a hamstring injury, Grimes’ career started to take traction on the right side. He appeared more comfortable on that side of the field and ended up leading the team in interceptions with six.
DeCoud was solid all season at free safety and was named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team.