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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Bengals' Vontaze Burfict gets rewarded

By Jamison Hensley

Last year at this time, linebacker Vontaze Burfict was getting beaten up by draft evaluators for his poor workouts and questionable attitude. Now, he's cashing in after proving everyone wrong.

Burfict earned a league-best $299,465 in the NFL's performance-based pay program, according to Yahoo Sports. It was almost $5,000 more than anyone else in the league received. The performance-based pay program rewards players who finish with high playing time and low salary-cap numbers.

This isn't bad for an undrafted rookie who earned $390,000 in salary last season. Burfict led the Bengals in tackles in 2012 with 174 -- and he didn't even start until Week 3.

The only other AFC North player in the top 10 in performance-based pay was Steelers offensive tackle Max Starks, who received $272,590 (eighth-most).