The Pittsburgh Steelers have two young offensive linemen who will get a nice financial reward for their 2022 NFL seasons due to the playing time each received.
According to a report released by the NFL Friday, Steelers guard Kevin Dotson ($746,013) and tackle Dan Moore Jr. ($739,072) were both in the top 25 of Performance-Based Pay program for 2022.
Dotson, a former fourth-round draft pick out of Louisiana-Lafayette, is seventh overall in performance-based pay for 2022, according to numbers released by the NFL Players Association. Moore, a former third-round draft pick, he is ranked ninth overall on that list.
NFL players will receive $336 million in Performance-Based Pay for their performance during the 2022 season, the NFL announced on Friday. The Performance-Based Pay program is a collectively bargained benefit that compensates all players based upon their playing time and salary levels.
Dotson and Moore both played 100 percent of the Steelers’ offensive snaps in 2022. Additionally, both logged 71 special team snaps in 2022.
We will find out soon which other Steelers’ players also received extra pay based on the program at a future date.
In case you’re curious, the extra money does not count against the Steelers salary cap as it is considered a benefit.
Per the Friday media release:
Under the Performance-Based Pay program, a fund is created and used as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. Players become eligible to receive a bonus distribution in any regular season in which they play at least one official down. In general, players with higher playtime percentages and lower salaries benefit most from the pool.
Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a player index (“Index”). To produce the Index, a player’s “PBP Playtime” (defined as the player’s regular season total plays played on offense, defense and special teams, divided by the number of plays of the player with the most total combined plays on that team) is divided by his “PBP Compensation” (defined as regular season full salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player’s Index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his Performance-Based Pay. If a player’s base salary is less than the Minimum Salary of a player with seven or more Credited Seasons, then player’s base salary will be imputed to be equal to the Minimum Salary of a player with seven or more Credited Seasons (i.e., $1.120M for the 2022 season). By imputing a minimum salary of $1.120 million, a slightly higher percentage of the pool is directed to high-performing veteran players whose salaries exceed $1.120 million, but are not among the highest in the league, as contemplated by the formula. This imputation of salary is solely for the purpose of calculating distributions from the pool and does not affect the actual salary paid to the player under his contract.