For 2008, each team's performance-based pool contains $3.258 million dollars.
54 Atlanta Falcons received additional compensation, with right guard Harvey Dahl leading the way with $255,938.
Dahl's next-door neighbor on the offensive line, right tackle Tyson Clabo, was right behind him, pocketing $254,297 dollars in additional pay, which was 2nd on the team.
Dahl and Clabo both had base salaries of $445,000 in 2008, and ranked 21st (Dahl) and 22nd (Clabo) in the NFL in performance-based pay.
Cornerback Brent Grimes ($189,409), rookie defensive end Kroy Biermann ($162,469), and left guard Justin Blalock ($144,273) round out the Falcons' top 5 performance-based pool earners.
Falcons special teams leaders Jason Snelling ($121,308) and Coy Wire ($113,837) were also among the Falcons' top earners, as was starting cornerback Chris Houston ($139,921) and tight Justin Peelle ($123,239)
Along with Biermann, rookie cornerback Chevis Jackson ($122,031) and rookie wide receiver Harry Douglas ($112,217) topped six-figures in the performance-based pool.
Veteran tight end Marcus Pollard earned the least amount, banking an additional check worth $1,386.
NFL's Top 10 Performance-Based Pool Earners
1. Jeromey Clary, OT, San Diego - $405,859
2. Lyle Sendlein, OC, Arizona - $348,134
3. Chris Horton, S, Washington - $342,197
4. Carl Nicks, OT, New Orleans - $335,033
5. Brandon McDonald, CB, Cleveland - $329,803
6. Uche Nwaneri, OG, Jacksonville - $323,788
7. Michael Johnson, S, NY Giants - $315,650
8. Charles Godfrey, S, Carolina - $311,294
9. Darnell Stapleton, OG, Pittsburgh - $311,220
10. Donald Penn, OT, Tampa Bay - $310,919
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