Chiefs guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif’s contributions last season have earned him a bit of a raise.
The NFL Management Council has released each team’s performance-based pay distributions for the 2015 season, and Duvernay-Tardif topped all Chiefs with an additional payout of $253,540, the 23rd-highest amount in the league.
Duvernay-Tardif, who started 16 games in 2015, is the only Chief to crack the top 25 on the list. The 25-year-old logged the most offensive snaps (843) of any guard on the Chiefs, according to Pro Football Focus.
The program was implemented in 2002 as an additional way to reward players who outperform their contracts. Players taken in the mid to late rounds — like Duvernay-Tardif, a sixth-round pick in 2014 — get most of the money in this year’s pool, which amounted to $121.6 million.
Players have been paid over $1 billion, cumulatively, since the inception of the system, which is computed through a formula of playing time divided by adjusted regular-season compensation.
Denver Broncos center Matt Paradis earned the top figure, pocketing an additional $391,648 in pay. Paradis, a sixth-round pick 2014, played for the rookie minimum of $435,000 in 2015 and didn’t miss a regular-season offensive snap.