ORLANDO - Nine Miami Dolphins players will receive lucrative paychecks in 2016 based on their contributions to the team in 2013.
Tight end Charles Clay, safety Jimmy Wilson, defensive ends Olivier Vernon and Derrick Shelby, former Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll, receiver Rishard Matthews, tailback Lamar Miller, linebacker Jonathan Freeny and rookie offensive guard Sam Brenner will all receiver over $100,000 from the NFL in performance based pay.
Those payments were usually made in the summer, but the NFLPA previously agreed to allow the NFL to cut those checks in 2016 to the deserving NFL players.
The performance based pay typically adjusts each player's salary, providing additional pay to players on low salaries who handle a large amount of their team's snaps. These players are usually starters playing on their existing rookie deals, or players on veteran minimums who have worked their way into significant playing time.
Clay, who is slated to make $1.4 million in 2014, received the highest performance based payout for the Dolphins. He'll get a check for $218,254 based on the breakout season be produced in 2013.
Wilson, who manned the nickel spot the past two seasons, comes in second, earning $195,266 in a performance based bonus. Olivier Vernon, who contributed 11 sacks as Miami's starting right defensive end, gets the third highest performance based salary boost for 2013, netting $192,980.
Carroll, who signed with the Eagles, wil get $181,598, Matthews gets $178,443 for the contributions he made as Miami's slot receiver. Shelby earns $158,341 for his year two contributions. Lamar Miller, the Dolphins' starting tailback, gets $144,307, Freeny gets $104,767 for his special teams contributions, and Sam Brenner will get $102,890 for the playing time he posted as Miami's starting left guard late in 2013.