Chase Roullier was a 6th round pick for the Washington Redskins two years ago, and has become an important part of their offensive line. He appeared in 13 games his rookie year, starting 7 of them. Spencer Long left in free agency, and Roullier took the starting center job over full time last season. He started all 16 games, and was the only Redskins player to play every snap last season(1020 snaps!) and also played 54 snaps on special teams.
Roullier earned $555,000 last season, but added $358,849(6th most) in Performance-Based Pay Bonus and $122,272(12th most) in Veteran Pool Bonus money($481,122 total). Here is how the NFL determines who gets money, and how much they receive:
Under the Performance-Based Pay program, a fund is created and used as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. Players become eligible to receive a bonus distribution in any regular season in which they play at least one official down. In general, players with higher playtime percentages and lower salaries benefit most from the pools. Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a player index (“Index”). To produce the Index, a player’s regular-season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular-season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player’s Index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his Performance-Based Pay.