When the NFL and the NFL Players Association extended the Collective Bargaining Agreement in 2002, they created a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. In 2003, the fund totaled $32 million ($1 million per team) and will grow to approximately $57 million in 2004.
The fund that is distributed to players under the Performance Based Pay system was created by slowing the growth in 1) yearly minimum salaries for all players and 2) the annual entering player pool for rookies.
Under the system, Performance Based Pay is computed by using a "Player Index." To produce the index, a player's regular season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player's index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his pay.
*This past weekend marked the start of the NFL Europe season. Giants quarterback Ryan Van Dyke completed 18 of 24 passes for 240 yards and two touchdowns - including an 81-yarder to Todd Devoe -- as the Cologne Centurions lost their inaugural NFL Europe game to the Rhein Fire, 26-25.
Tight end Mark Inkrott, also allocated from the Giants, caught three passes for 21 yards, including a 17-yarder, for Cologne, while defensive end Sean Guthrie had two tackles for the Fire.
Tackle Dion Meredith played in a reserve role for the Berlin Thunder. Defensive end Jake Sprague, the Giants' fifth allocated player, is on the Scottish Claymores' injured reserve list with a foot injury. In NFL Europe, players are permitted to come off injured reserve and play when they are healthy.
*Giants backup quarterback Jesse Palmer will star in the ABC reality series, The Bachelor, beginning Wednesday at 9 p.m. Eastern time. Palmer chose one mate from 25 women (though one woman was a spy helping him make his choice).
As expected, the Giants players are having a good time with Palmer's romantic diversion.
"Oh man, I can't wait," Kerry Collins said. "I'm going to want to watch it, no question. But I'm also going to want to throw up. I always want to throw up when I watch that show. Because it's Jesse I feel the ultimate urge to watch it. I'm going to have to watch it and I'm going to have to give him a load of crap, too. It's just too good to pass up."
Palmer, who is not allowed to reveal the woman he selected to potentially share a long-term relationship with, enjoyed the experience.
"I had a blast," he said. "Were there tough decisions? Yes. Was there pressure? Yes. But it was just so much fun."
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