Burfict earns top performance-based pay

Updated: March 20, 2013, 4:17 PM ET
Associated Press

PHOENIX -- Cincinnati Bengals rookie linebacker Vontaze Burfict earned the top amount in the NFL's performance-based pay program, nearly $300,000.

The program compensates players for playing time that far exceeds their salary levels. More than $110.7 million will be distributed to players for their performance during the 2012 season, with Burfict, an undrafted free agent from Arizona State, getting $299,465 in additional pay. Burfict played for the rookie minimum salary of $390,000 and ...

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