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Bears' Mills tops NFL in performance-based pay

ORLANDO, Fla. – A productive rookie season for Jordan Mills will earn the Chicago Bears right tackle a hefty check in 2016.

The NFL Management Council shared each club's performance-based pay distributions for the 2013 season Monday and Mills, a fifth-round draft pick from Louisiana Tech, topped the earnings list for the entire league.

Performance-based pay divides a pool of $3.46 million for each team and each player receives a share. The payments for each player are determined by playing time and a player’s salary. The players earning the least and playing the most receive the bigger pieces of the pie.

Mills will earn $318,243.96 – more than three-quarters of his base pay of $405,000 for the entire season.

Free safety Chris Conte was next on the Bears' list, earning $210,957. Nickel cornerback Isaiah Frey was next with $179,411 followed by cornerback Zack Bowman ($162,273) and linebacker Jon Bostic ($143,309).

Payments are deferred until April 1, 2016.

Rounding out the top 10 for the Bears were:

LG Matt Slauson $134,485

TE Dante Rosario $126,156

WR Alshon Jeffery $121,902

DE David Bass $111,228

RG Kyle Long $98,516

Other notable payouts:

QB Jay Cutler $8,041

WR Brandon Marshall $13,971

LB Lance Briggs $10,504

DE Julius Peppers $8,897

CB Charles Tillman $7,548

RB Matt Forte $16,686

The player receiving the smallest payout was defensive tackle Tracy Robertson at $327.14.

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