By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
11:30 AM EDT, March 25, 2014
The NFL has financially rewarded Ravens wide receiver Marlon Brown under its performance-based pay program.
Under a system that compensates players with extra money for their playing time based upon a comparison to their salary levels, Brown is due an additional $235,461, according to an NFL management council memo.
The money is deferred until April 1, 2016.
An undrafted rookie out of Georgia signed to a three-year, $1.49 million contract, Brown made $410,000 last season with a $405,000 salary and a $5,000 signing bonus. He made a dozen starts and caught 49 passes for 524 yards while leading the Ravens in seven touchdown receptions.
The additional money doesn't count against the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million. The fund was created in 2002 under the collective bargaining agreement to supplement player compensation.
The money is computed through an index based on a players' regular-season playing time, fully salary, prorated portion of signing bonus and earned incentives compared against other players on the roster to figure out how much they should be paid.
Each team was allotted $3.46 million through the agreement between the NFL management council and NFL Players Association.
Here are the top 10 performance-based pay players on the Ravens from last season:
1. Marlon Brown (wide receiver): $235,461
2. Gino Gradkowski (center): $230,105
3. James Ihedigbo (strong safety): $229,688
4. A.Q. Shipley (center-guard): $194,100
5. Josh Bynes (linebacker): $193,195
6. Torrey Smith (wide receiver): $141,883
7. Eugene Monroe (offensive tackle): $136,442
8. Anthony Levine (strong safety): $125,773
9. Matt Elam (free safety): $117,404
10. Kyle Juszczyk (fullback): $94,333