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Germain Ifedi leads Bears in performance-based pay

He’ll make an extra $570,571 on top of the $1.047 million salary he received last year.

Bears lineman Germain Ifedi warms up before practice last year.
Bears lineman Germain Ifedi warms up before practice last year.
Nam Y. Huh, AP Photos

Germain Ifedi, the guard/tackle who played 99% of the Bears’ snaps last season, led the team in performance-based pay.

He’ll make an extra $570,571 on top of the $1.047 million salary he received last year. Receiver Darnell Mooney, drafted 11 months ago, will receive $419,704. Rounding out the Bears’ top five is safety Tashaun Gipson ($380,548), outside linebacker Barkevious Mingo ($367,659) and defensive lineman Bilal Nichols ($361,896). Gipson is a free agent this offseason, while Mingo signed with the Falcons.

Each offseason, the league distributes performance-based pay through a program that rewards players — both via a standard and veteran pool — who received an outsized amount of playing time compared to their salaries. The payments don’t count against the teams’ salary caps. This year, each team received $8.5 million to be distributed.

NFL players won’t see that money any time soon, though. Because of the lowered salary cap as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, performance-based pay will be deferred until at least 2024, per NFL Network.