Hawthorne Leads Seahawks in PBP

Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker David Hawthorne was the team's leader in performance-based pay bonuses for 2009.

Starting 11 games, and seeing considerable playing time in two others, in place of an injured Lofa Tatupu, helped Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker David Hawthorne earn an additional $306,091 from the NFL's Performance-Based Pay program.

Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan earned a league-high $397,555, according to Brad Biggs of the National Football Post.

A formula is used to calculate each player's playing time percentage and salary cap number to distribute the $3,422,875 each Club was allotted this year. Players with high playing-time percentages, and low cap numbers, receive a larger share of the funds.

Young linebackers and defensive backs routinely do very well in this program, as they are usually earning close to league-minimum salaries and special teams plays are part of the playing-time percentage calculation.

Hawthorne earned $385,000 in base salary as he led the Seahawks with 116 tackles, including a team-high 10 for a loss. Hawthorne tied for the team lead with three interceptions in 2009, and posted four quarterback sacks and two forced fumbles.

An exclusive rights free agent this off-season, the Seahawks tendered a qualifying offer to Hawthorne on March 4.

Seahawks Top 5 in PBP

1. David Hawthorne, LB - $306,091
2. Max Unger, G/C - $197,102
3. Justin Forsett, RB - $188,294
4. Nick Reed, DE - $172,008
5. Lawyer Milloy, S - $150,587

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