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Offensive linemen top Panthers’ performance-based pay distribution list

Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Mike Remmers topped the team’s performance-based bonus list, with a sum that increased his income for the 2015 season by about 50 percent.
Carolina Panthers offensive tackle Mike Remmers topped the team’s performance-based bonus list, with a sum that increased his income for the 2015 season by about 50 percent. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

The Carolina Panthers’ two second-year guards and their unheralded right tackle took home the team’s biggest bonuses in the NFL’s performance-based pay distribution.

The program awards players who out-perform their contracts, with players in their first deals or lower-salaried veterans often the biggest winners.

Right tackle Mike Remmers, who made $585,000 in 2015, received a 50 percent bonus with an additional $292,514, according to documents obtained by the Observer. Remmers started every game last season for the Panthers, who signed him in 2014 from St. Louis’ practice squad.

The Panthers recently extended a second-round tender to Remmers, a restricted free agent who is guaranteed $2.55 million for 2016 after he signs it.

Starting guards Trai Turner ($254,280) and Andrew Norwell ($243,619) received the most lucrative performance-based pay bonuses behind Remmers.

A look at the Panthers’ players who received the biggest and lowest performance pay bonuses (figures rounded to the nearest dollar):

Top 10

Pos.

Player

Bonus

T

Mike Remmers

$292,514

G

Trai Turner

$254,280

G

Andrew Norwell

$243,619

CB

Bené Benwikere

$218,808

WR

Philly Brown

$208,371

LB

A.J. Klein

$136,260

DE

Kony Ealy

$124,815

S

Kurt Coleman

$104,945

LB

Ben Jacobs

$104,854

CB

Josh Norman

$103,448

Bottom 10

Pos.

Player

Bonus

QB

Derek Anderson

$2,053

DE

Charles Johnson

$2,843

RB

Brandon Wegher

$5,317

WR

Kevin Norwood

$5,396

DT

Colin Cole

$6,721

TE

Richie Brockel

$7,793

K

Graham Gano

$9,251

CB

Robert McClain

$9,916

RB

Jonathan Stewart

$10,506

TE

Brandon Williams

$11,759

Joseph Person: 704-358-5123, @josephperson

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