Report: Aaron Rodgers awarded NFL performance-based pay for four plays in 2023

NFL’s Performance-Based Pay System: Rewards and Risks for Players

The performance-based pay system in the NFL is a complex one that involves various factors such as guaranteed money, restructuring, and incentives. Players who perform well on the field can earn extra money based on their playtime and base salary. However, those who suffer injuries or see reduced playing time may not earn as much from this system.

For instance, Aaron Rodgers of the New York Jets earned the lowest amount among NFL players through the performance-based pay system due to a season-ending injury in Week 1. On the other hand, Brock Purdy of the San Francisco 49ers nearly doubled his pay thanks to incentives, taking home an extra $739,765. John Simpson of the Baltimore Ravens led the program with an extra $974,613 for playing 99% of offensive snaps in 2023.

The performance-based pay system is designed to reward players based on their playtime and base salary. Players can earn more by playing a significant number of snaps, particularly if they have a low base salary. Aaron Rodgers recently signed a two-year deal worth $75 million guaranteed through 2024 after having $110 million guaranteed on his old contract with the Green Bay Packers.

Rodgers is expected to return next season and hopes to avoid another season-ending injury. If he can stay healthy, his paycheck will likely look much different in the future. For now, Rodgers’ tiny performance-based pay is just a drop in the bucket compared to his overall wealth.

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