Quincy Enunwa's breakout year was another example of how the former sixth-round pick has exceeded expectations. And in the NFL, young players get compensated for doing that.
To no one's surprise, the 24-year old receiver led the Jets in performance-based compensation from the NFL for the second straight season, pocketing another $327,637 for his 58-catch, 857-yard season. 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.
In 2015, Enunwa pocketed nearly $300,000 in performance-based pay, giving him about $625,000 in bonuses for the last two seasons. His salaries for those two seasons were slightly more than $850,000 combined, so his bonuses equated to about 74 percent of his base pay.
The list, from the NFL Management Council, and obtained from league sources, has the following five players at the top of the Jets' list of performance-based bonuses for 2016:
WR Quincy Enunwa (Base salary for 2016: $525,000) - $327,637 bonus
OL Ben Ijalana (Base salary: $760,000 -- $276,774 bonus
S Rontez Miles (Base salary: $525,000) -- $270,256 bonus
C Wes Johnson (Base salary: $600,000) -- $243,579 bonus
WR Robby Anderson (Base salary: $450,000) -- $242,333 bonus