Top 25 NFL players in performance-based pay for 2019: Chiefs’ Charvarius Ward leads the list


Charvarius Ward certainly outperformed his rookie contract in 2019, which the NFL rewarded him for his play on the field. Ward led all NFL players in combined distribution from the performance-based pay program in 2019, making $654,750 ($428,335 in performance-based pay and $226,415 in the veteran pool). 

Performance-based pay comes from a league-wide fund used as a form of player compensation, which is based from playing time to salary made the season prior. The more playing time a player receives, the higher the salary. Ward made just $570,000 in 2019, so the $654,750 in bonuses he made is a huge reward. 

A former undrafted free agent, Ward played 94.8% of the Chiefs defensive snaps in 2019. He finished with 74 tackles, two interceptions, 10 passes defensed and a forced fumble, starting all 16 games. 

The NFL released the list of the top 25 players in performance-based pay and the veteran pool for 2019 Thursday. 

Charvarious Ward (Chiefs)

UDFA, 2018

$428,335

$226,415

$654,750

Ted Karras (Patriots)

6th, 2016

$393,363

$242,584

$635,947

Matt Feiler (Steelers)

UDFA, 2014

$387,578

$236,004

$623,582

Xavier Woods (Cowboys)

6th, 2017

$403,298

$212,457

$615,755

Bradley Bozeman (Ravens)

6th, 2018

$403,685

$209,495

$613,180

Matt Milano (Bills)

5th, 2017

$360,498

$237,672

$598,171

Levi Wallace (Bills)

UDFA, 2018

$363,599

$205,356

$568,954

Nate Gerry (Eagles)

5th, 2017

$345,976

$213,484

$559,460

J.C. Jackson (Patriots)

UDFA, 2018

$375,004

$184,032

$559,036

Justin Murray (Cardinals)

UDFA, 2016

$346,499

$192,648

$539,147

Tre Flowers (Seahawks)

5th, 2018

$340,118

$193,666

$533,784

Tre Herndon (Jaguars)

UDFA, 2018

$327,050

$205,658

$532,708

Nicholas Morrow (Raiders)

UDFA, 2017

$309,968

$220,013

$529,981

Zach Pascal (Colts)

UDFA, 2017

$328,890

$200,948

$529,838

Jordan Whitehead (Buccaneers)

4th, 2018

$313,985

$215,356

$529,341

Jon Halapio (Giants)

6th, 2014

$306,081

$214,374

$520,454

Emmanuel Moseley (49ers)

UDFA, 2018

$326,516

$174,002

$500,519

Damontae Kazee (Falcons)

5th, 2017

$295,050

$202,885

$497,934

Chuck Clark (Ravens)

6th, 2017

$311,857

$183,103

$494,160

Anthony Walker (Colts)

5th, 2017

$287,450

$205,094

$492,525

Eddie Jackson (Bears)

4th, 2017

$302,105

$189,171

$491,275

Marshall Newhouse (Patriots)

5th, 2010

$307,476

$169,375

$476,850

Richie Incognito (Raiders)

3rd, 2005

$279,239

$197,329

$476,567

Jayon Brown (Titans)

5th, 2017

$286,641

$188,386

$475,027

Orlando Brown (Ravens)

3rd, 2018

$288,015

$177,517

$465,532





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