Bobby Hart went from a seventh-round pick in the 2015 draft to a mainstay in the Giants' starting lineup the next year. And he gets to cash a big check for that.
The 22-year-old Hart, who started 13 games at right tackle last season for the Giants, led his team in performance-based compensation from the NFL, getting a bonus of $361,072 for his efforts. The bonus was so big, in fact, that it ranked 19th among all performance-based pay recipients in the NFL for 2016.
The annual bonus distribution is a way for the NFL and NFL Players Association to make sure that lower-salaried players are compensated for excellent performances, without counting against a team's salary cap. Hart, in the second year of his rookie deal, earned a $525,000 salary in 2016, so his bonus was worth about 69 percent of that.
The list, from the NFL Management Council, and obtained from league sources, has the following five players at the top of the Giants' list of performance-based bonuses for 2016:
T Bobby Hart (Base salary for 2016: $525,000) - $361,072 bonus
S Andrew Adams (Base salary: $540,000) -- $316,310 bonus
TE Will Tye (Base salary: $525,000) -- $289,406 bonus
LB Devon Kennard (Base salary: $600,000) -- $242,059 bonus
DE Romeo Okwara (Base salary: $450,000) -- $201,864 bonus