By Tony Grossi | ESPNCleveland.com
Three Browns were clear winners last year in the NFL’s “performance-based pay” program that rewards players for outplaying their base salaries. Each hauled in more than $200,000 in bonuses based on play time.
Safety Tashaun Gipson earned a bonus of $266,299, linebacker Craig Robertson took home $219,252 and cornerback Buster Skrine scored $209,858. Gipson and Robertson each made the NFL second-year minimum salary of 485,000; Skrine made the third-year minimum of $555,000.
The bonuses are computed from a complex formula that indexes each player’s base salary v. his playing time.
The program sets aside $3.46 million per team to be distributed. Even Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas, whose $10 million base salary tops the Browns, took home some pocket change through the program ($11,512).
Here are the top 10 bonuses earned on the Browns:
1. Safety Tashaun Gipson: $266,299.
2. Linebacker Craig Robertson: $219,252.
3. Cornerback Buster Skrine: $209,858.
4. Tight end Jordan Cameron: $160,594.
5. Wide receiver Greg Little: $119,755.
6. Offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz: $111,239.
7. Safety T.J. Ward: $108,989.
8. Running back Chris Ogbonnaya: $95,451.
9. Defensive end Armonty Bryant: $84,076.
10. Wide receiver Josh Gordon: $82,998.
Chicago Bears offensive tackle Jordan Mills earned the biggest bonus check of $318,243.
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