The majority of attention in the NFL circles this week has been focused on the frenzy that has been the free agent market, as well as the flurry of trades that have taken place. However, of note and as expected, the NFL made its annual announcement of Performance Based Pay bonuses, and as predicted earlier this week, there was a member of the Seattle Seahawks roster among those near the top.
In his first season in the NFL, playing cornerback for the first time as a converted safety and fifth round draft pick out of Oklahoma State, Tre Flowers finished eighth among all NFL players for this bonus. In doing so, Flowers became the first member of the Seahawks to make the top 25 since offensive lineman Mark Glowinski in 2016.
Flowers, who played the 2018 season on a league minimum salary, earned a $337,399 bonus through this system. That means that his 2018 performance based pay bonus actually eclipsed the size of the signing bonus he earned after being drafted in the fifth round last spring ($298,724). This is certainly far from the type of money that we have seen players can earn when they hit free agency, but it at least shows the value of one of the systems the NFLPA in place in order to reward players who earn significant playing time while still playing on their rookie contract.
In any case, for fans who would like to read more about how the NFL calculates these performance based bonuses may do so by reading the official NFL press release on the subject by clicking here.