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NFLPA announces Browns players’ performance based pay benefits from 2020 season

Because of the pandemic, the benefits won’t be realized for the players until 2024 at the earliest.

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Wyatt Teller continues to earn some nice bonuses.
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This week, the NFLPA released the performance based pay numbers from the 2020 season.

Every year, the NFLPA and the NFL have a pot of money that they distribute to players who over-performed their contract in relation to the amount of playing time they received. It most often benefits players who played a lot of snaps and may not have had the most lucrative contract to begin with. The best part about this pot of money is that it does not impact or count against a team’s salary cap whatsoever.

The league-wide list of performance bonuses can be found here. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, players will not actually receive these bonuses until 2024 or later — a compromise which was made due to the pandemic.

Here is the full list of 69 players on the Browns (or formerly on the team) who earned bonuses that will be realized in 2024 or later:

Cleveland Browns’ Performance Based Pay Benefits from 2020 season

# Pos Player Bonus
# Pos Player Bonus
1 G Wyatt Teller $466,111
2 OLB Malcolm Smith $403,196
3 TE Harrison Bryant $381,783
4 CB Tavierre Thomas $337,302
5 OLB Sione Takitaki $333,664
6 WR Rashard Higgins $325,027
7 FS Andrew Sendejo $310,831
8 TE Stephen Carlson $262,774
9 DE Porter Gustin $255,892
10 ILB B.J. Goodson $248,552
11 FS Sheldrick Redwine $243,026
12 WR Khadarel Hodge $234,254
13 OLB Mack Wilson $219,290
14 WR Donovan Peoples-Jones $217,058
15 CB Terrance Mitchell $193,036
16 DT Larry Ogunjobi $191,951
17 SS Karl Joseph $183,883
18 SS Ronnie Harrison $174,663
19 T Jedrick Wills $168,583
20 DT Jordan Elliott $164,905
21 CB M.J. Stewart $161,130
22 DT Vincent Taylor $150,157
23 ILB Tae Davis $148,280
24 RB D'Ernest Johnson $142,649
25 RB Nick Chubb $134,331
26 OLB Jacob Phillips $132,133
27 TE Austin Hooper $129,505
28 CB Robert Jackson $127,036
29 DE Adrian Clayborn $122,520
30 CB Kevin Johnson $120,750
31 C Nick Harris $116,868
32 FB Andy Janovich $111,879
33 K Cody Parkey $95,129
34 OLB Elijah Lee $92,349
35 RB Kareem Hunt $90,320
36 TE David Njoku $89,271
37 T Jack Conklin $86,825
38 G Joel Bitonio $81,959
39 P Jamie Gillan $79,208
40 LS Charley Hughlett $78,832
41 QB Baker Mayfield $74,314
42 C J.C. Tretter $71,488
43 CB Denzel Ward $65,587
44 SS Jovante Moffatt $62,651
45 RB Dontrell Hilliard $59,437
46 WR Ja'Marcus Bradley $58,210
47 T Christopher Hubbard $52,462
48 DE Myles Garrett $52,316
49 WR Marvin Hall $46,298
50 DE Olivier Vernon $46,040
51 T Kendall Lamm $43,190
52 DT Sheldon Richardson $41,833
53 DE Joe Jackson $37,425
54 WR Jarvis Landry $31,779
55 SS Montrel Meander $27,529
56 WR JoJo Natson $19,418
57 T Michael Dunn $15,120
58 WR Odell Beckham $14,669
59 WR Taywan Taylor $13,764
60 FB Johnny Stanton $13,139
61 DE Cameron Malveaux $12,521
62 G Evan Brown $10,051
63 CB A.J. Green $6,874
64 SS Elijah Benton $4,381
65 QB Case Keenum $3,726
66 T Alex Taylor $2,488
67 C Javon Patterson $2,380
68 K Austin Seibert $2,112
69 WR Derrick Willies $1,890

The top earners were OL Wyatt Teller, OLB Malcolm Smith, TE Harrison Bryant, CB Tavierre Thomas, OLB Sione Takitaki, WR Rashard Higgins, S Andrew Sendejo, TE Stephen Carlson, and DE Porter Gustin. Make no mistake about it — these are some very nice bonuses these players are receiving.

Each team’s pot totals to $8.5 million, and even the likes of QB Baker Mayfield and DE Myles Garrett factor into the bonus formula, despite their lucrative contracts.