Tackle Charles Leno leads Bears in performance-based pay
Left tackle Charles Leno will receive $228,015.52 in performance-based pay, the most of any of his teammates, the NFL disclosed on Wednesday.
The league’s performance-based salary program generally rewards those whose salaries are low but playing time is high. Each team is given $3.995 million to distribute.
Safety Adrian Amos ($226,366.14), cornerback Cre’Von LeBlanc ($204,841.45) and safety Harold-Jones Quartey ($199,936.16) are next on the Bears list, followed by three offensive standouts.
Receiver Cam Meredith made $174,978.58, while center Cody Whitehair made $174,298.20, Running back Jordan Howard, who reached the Pro Bowl in his rookie season, earned $169,845.39.
There also is a new veterans-only pool for performance-based pay. Leno ($75,571.75), Amos ($68,434.95), Jones-Quartey ($57,663.02), Meredith ($50,528.28) and outside linebacker Sam Acho ($48,503.20) were the top earners for the Bears.
The amounts combine to make up the total bonus for a player. As a result, Leno, the Bears’ starting left tackle for all 16 games last season, received $303,587.27 in bonus pay. Leno was a seventh-round selection in 2014.