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Bowman Leads the Way in '09 PBP

58 Chicago Bears received performance-based pay distributions based on playing time during the '09 season. Zack Bowman led the team with $355,355. JC breaks down who got what and why.

The NFL instituted a performance-based pay program as a part of the 2002 extension of the collective bargaining agreement, with a portion of league revenues set aside as supplementary compensation for players whose salaries didn't reflect playing time. Bears cornerback Zack Bowman is a prime example, as the second-year pro earned a base salary of $310,000 in 2009. A fifth-round selection in the...

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