It's been a good week for Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick.
A few days ago he found out he would not be moving from his natural position of cornerback to a experimental hybrid safety position.
On Monday, he got news of a huge boost to his bank account through the NFL's performance based pay system.
Scandrick was a fifth-round draft pick last year who proved to be one of the team's biggest surprises when he earned valuable role as a nickel cornerback. His reward for out-playing his contract and expectations was a team-high $261,000 in performance based pay.
The Performance Based Pay system creates a fund used as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. The system is especially beneficial to lower salaried players.
The Cowboys paid out roughly $3.2 million in performanced based pay for 2008. Scandrick was one of eight players to earn over $100,000 in extra money. Guard Cory Proctor was second with $183,000.
Under the system, Performance Based Pay is computed by using a "Player Index." To produce the index, a player's regular season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular season compensation (full season 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 pay.
Even discarded cornerback Adam Pacman Jones got little chunk of change, receiving roughly $80,000 in performance based pay to make it rain at a club near you.
Clarence E. Hill Jr.