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Twelve Dolphins players get at least $100K in performance pay bonus for 2009

Donald Thomas, a sixth-round selection in 2008 who started 12 games at right guard last season, led all Dolphins players in the NFL's 2009 performance-based pay program.

Thomas  made $316,577 in addition to his base salary of $338,397, according to a league document obtained by The Miami Herald.

Cornerback Sean Smith, who started all 16 games, pocketed an extra $212,282 to place second on the team in performance pay while tight ends Joey Haynos and Anthony Fasano followed in third and fourth place, respectively, among the highest collecting players in the performance-based system.

Haynos collected $207,264 in addition to his regular salary of $390,980 while Fasano got $189,412 atop his salary of $535,850. Wide receiver Davone Bess, an undrafted free agent in 2008, rounded out Miami's top five earners in performance pay, adding $185,902 to his base salary of $394.480.

The league's performance-based pay system sets up a fund on each team to reward players based on how their playing time compares with their contractual financial compensation. The system won't exist in the 2010 season because the NFL collective bargaining agreement has moved into an uncapped year.

But in the final capped season of the current CBA, 12 Miami players added at least $100,000 to their base salaries.

Performance-based pay is meant to reward lower-paid players who outperform their contracts. The system does, however, also reward higher paid players based on play time.

And the system does not judge the quality of the play, but rather the quantity.

Maybe that's the reason safety Gibril Wilson, a high-priced free agent aquisition and a bust, collected an extra $31,764 in performance-based pay. Wilson was cut last week after one season with the team.

Tackle Andre Gardner, a sixth round pick in 2009, brought up the rear of the performance-based pay sheet, having collected $681.

In total, 61 Dolphins players collected $3,422,875 in performance-based pay.


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Good for those players

They met their contract goals, they got their bonus..no problem for me

Any word yet on Brandon Salguero's pro day performance yet?

I'm so poor even Gardner's 681 bucks looks
good to me.

Darn you Salguero!!!!!!

Funny stuff on Gibril, Mando. LOL.

It really sickens me every time I hear what these guys are making.

A dunce like Gibril Wilson makes more money in a throw away bonus than a school teacher does in a year.

Mando, this is good information, but I'm wondering about you lately. Are you a columnist or a beat reporter?

Everything you write for the newspaper seems to be 'in my opinion' stuff but I see you have stuff like salary numbers on the blog and other breaking news.

So which is it, bro?

Finheavenblows! needs to know what we should call you.

I agree with Alex. It's depressing that these guys make that much money while the real working stiffs like firemen, policemen and others bust their tail and don't make even what a guy like thomas made in a bonus last year.

I want to throw up.

Redistribute the wealth. Communism forever!

I think us Dolphin fans should get a cut of that money. Hell, a dollar for every dropped pass (or fetal position technique) by Ginn and every WR or TE that scored on Wilson, we could all afford to be minority owners too!!!

Its fine with me.Our team is building from the inside out.

Finheaven.com rocks just wondering how many people are members on there.

Why did we not sign Ben Watson ?!?

So glad to have Directv, sick of everywhere i go Titan this ,Titan that.And of course hillbillie Fans that have no teeth no brains.Guys I'm happy i found you.

There should be money taken away for any bust play dropped ball failed coverage etc etc. Then we will see true performance based incentives.

Remember all of those times when the Phins were inside the 5 yard line and they pulled Henne either for the wildcard or for Pat White to hand off?

Henne must be furious.

And then they give Pennington $2.5 million to rehab at the Dolphin's facility next year?

And Henne only gets $675,000. They just can't stop urinating on his face.

Well i agree with you, (YBDM) Henne is the QB of are team.So why bring back CP? I don't get it.

Rookies get payed less then established players, EXACTLY the way it should be..that's why the next CBA will include a rookie salary cap...

I wish I could get 5k in a performance bonus.

Hey bobbyd12, I'm not hearing much about the CBA here. Is there any update about the CBA ?

Hmmm...they do know that they lost last year right?

What I'm saying dude is it's now clear that the only reason they kept pulling Henne inside the 5 was to keep his stats and his bonus down.

We need to pick Dan Williams at number 12. And if he is not there, go after Jared Odrick. Should we consider running back C.J.Spiller.Man this guy runs a 4.37.

LOL, if most you guys were Dolphin GM I would round up all of my Fins memoirbilia and collectibles over the years, then torch it as the beggining of my new career as radical pyromaniac.

I've been saying CJ Spiller since January. There is 1 CJ Spiller per year. Just 1.
If he's there you have to take him.
But we won't.
We'll take a Guard from New Hampshire with the #12.

they were gonna pay me a big big bonus, but honestly i just decided to sell my kenyan birth certificate and pay myself from the oval office fund

We might pull the trigger on C.J.Spiller, with the 12th pick. So i guess theres no news on the CBA ?

Liepers TN, nope on the CBA, I certainly am not optimistic, the owners have NO incentive to really deal on this...they are getting a Five BILLION dollar TV contract next year whether they play football or not...if they lockout the players they get Five BILLION dollars to split and NOT have to pay the players...they have all leverage here, unless the players give alot I don't see how this gets settled..and after a year without football the fans will come flocking back like never before and they know it...

So much for instilling confidence in the young Qb. Unfortunately like the Jets do. Time to step up!

Henne need to ask for a starter salary or the right to talk to other teams. Can you imagine the takers on that one!

Thanks bobby12, for getting back with me on that. What do think the dolphins will do with the 12th pick?I just want to get a feel for other Dolphins fans think. You have to look pretty far to find fans up here. And let me say its real nice to post with true fans. Thanks

I agree bobbyd12... I think it is a mistake that the NFL will allow a guy who, yes may have performed well in College but is still not 100% proven in the NFL to be able to demand a contract that will have them making more than Veterans. I wonder sometimes if placing Rookies on a 2 year "Make it or Bust" pay grade would protect teams from unproven talent, and, protect Veterans from not making deserved money because of teams having to pay high signing bonuses demanded by High Draft pick rookies. I have NO problem with players getting theirs. But on the FRONT SIDE? Give the BIG MONEY to the Vets... they earned it.

Dying breed,

If you could pick 3 posters on this blog that if made a GM team that would lead to you lighting all your Dolphins stuff on fire, who would they be? I still have a Daunte Culpepper jersey I can mail you, I'd gladly donate that lol.

Thats funny Bootang, i had one to and i burned it.In my back yard. Not sorry at all either.

Yo... YourBackDoorMan..

I am 100 % on the C J Spiller Pick But it will never happen ..and the other night I talked about it.. and well lets just say I was put in my place on it ...I know he is, a small back, but he is like the Johnson.. that out ran everybody this year... 52 touch downs 20 something 50 yards or more... this draft is loaded with Def..you can pick up later.. and yes there are good backs in this draft.. but not like him ..

Everyone, Have a good Night.

CJ Spiller is a good talent. But I would interject this stat....
Miami has used 5 #1 picks since 1998.. 1 has worked out without major problems beside injury.
'98.......1st round.. John Avery...BUST!
'99 no #1..#2 pick... JJ Johnson...BUST!
02/03... traded 2 #1s for Ricky Williams
things are good now, but, the Ricky trade set this team back 2 or 3 years, NO ONE would give away 2 #1 picks today for a RB (Ref. Brandon Marshall)Ricky went on the Weed Safari and hurt this team deeply, very deeply.
'05... 1st round Ronnie Brown... so far so good... but, as I have heard time and again on this site, "TRADE RONNIE FOR THIS OR FOR THAT"... I'm just saying, Running backs are nice players to have, But are not the players who change a teams destiny.

For all those that are saying that Chad Henne should be upset with his contract situation - he's not and he shouldn't be and he won't be. That is the contract that he signed as a rookie - the contract that he was slotted at. When his contract expires not after this year but after 2011 (should there be football) he will be a free agent and he can then re-negotiate his contract to whatever he and the team agree is fair. Do you think Chad Henne was complaining when he became the starter and Chad Pennington was still making about $7 Million last year? I don't think so because he wanted Chad Pennington back to help him - to compete with him; because he is a competitor. You guys need to find something else to complain about - how about finding Chad Henne - the starter making $678,00 whatever - a go to target in the passing game.

I think people see that Spiller played RB and assume that is what he will be in the NFL. He is not a guy you will line up in the I-Form with 2 TEs and run 20-25 times. He is a player you get 15-20 touches for, whether that be running, receiving, or in the return game. He is explosive and you need to maximize his explosiveness. He needs to be in space. I think he will have a Reggie Bush/Percy Harvin type role in the NFL.

I agree with Derek - for every Adrian Peterson - you find a Curtis Martin in the 3rd round; a Marion Barber in the 4th; a Brandon Jacobs in the 4th ; a Clinton Portis or Frank Gore in the 2nd; an undrafted Pierre Thomas, a Ray Rice in the 3rd; the list goes on and on

Then again, the average tenure of an NFL player is 4.2 years which means many players don't ever see that "big" payday contract. Football is a full-contact sport unlike Basketball and Baseball. Therfore, a Rookie salary cap in the CBA may only effect the first round.

Spiller is not an all-purpose back whch is why we will not entertain drafting him in the first round. You can forget about it.

Terrell Davis of the Broncos was a 6th round pick...

I'd take E.Smith or B. Sanders over any running back taken out of the first round...and many that were taken in the first round. Those two backs changed the game and they were very important to not only their teams but football. How about Larry Csonka...first round pick in 1968....would you say he was worth it.

Spiller isn't an all purpose back? Really? WOW.

During the past four seasons at Clemson, Spiller had 3,547 rushing yards, 1,420 receiving yards, 2,052 yards returning kickoffs and another 569 returning punts. Oh, and a combined 51 touchdowns.

Lets see he ran...caught and did returns...sounds all purpose to me.


Larry Csonka? Dude, this guy plated in the 70's!!!!!!!!!!

This is a high-powered passing league now. Check put the last 4 SB participants. Larry Csonka?

Crap me up.

3,547 yars in 4 seasons??? there are backs that have 2000+ yards per seasons. 7,000-8,000 in 4 seasons. He is not a 3 down back.

Read up on some football and try to understand the game a little better. Don Shula and the undefeated season are not present day/.

Doesn't matter how good Spiller is, it ain't happening.
The Trifecta will run Ricky, Ronnie, Cobbs and or Hilliard into the ground first.
Besides, Parcells thinks McClain is the second coming of Pepper Johnson.
Anybody remember the Linebacking corp he had with the Giants?

well !!! said Fishypete...

I am not askingh for a all purpose.. and lets not for get who made the trade for ricky.. if you ask me It was Johnson who set us back.. turned everything ove to wiiiiinw baby wansta. who put us deeper in the whole..

I would just like to see someone who can put some fire and scare into other teams we play for once .. like in the old days with #39 #21 #22 and #42 any one of these player that touched the ball could do something thing with it ..yes that was then and this is now... Different NFL ..but please when was the last time you saw a dolphin player run the ball and leave dust.. ricky was late in one game ..tell me another time >> again I know we need Def. but this draft is deeep with it .. never have I watched a playerr like Spiller .. There is now way this guy will be a Bust..

Read and Watch ..


wow, I would love to have that linebacking corp..


ooo thats good .. we all are on the same side of the ball and team we want to win each week and get to a super bowl .. so let just call other fans ..Idiot.. good job .. no one said we did not need help in LB or on Def. It just would be nice to see a player as Spiller Catch out of the back field .. and break open a long run for a touch down ..

This is a high-powered passing league now. Check put the last 4 SB participants. Larry Csonka?

posted by: bobbyd12

There were some pretty potent passing attacks in the mid to late 80's.
Montana and the west coast offense was in vogue. Marino, Clayton and Duper with Nat Moore in the slot. Jim Kelly and the no huddle.
This is when Parcell's won two Super Bowls with a power run game and strong D. Run vs Pass comes and goes like a fashion in the NFL.
Like it or not, Parcell's is betting the farm that history repeats itself.

I am not discounting Spiller at all with my post, However, After burning 5 #1 picks at RB... Where is it you start to try something... New?
One of the traits of true insanity is "Doing the same thing Over and Over expecting different results"
I would be stoked if we took Spiller... right up to the point when we had to decide what to do with the other 6 RB's on the team.

And just to interject another quick tid-bit..... If you take a guys performance in college and use it as a reference point to how he will perform in the NFL (Spiller's numbers being used above) Should that not mean that Pat White would have tore the league a new Alcho-Hole this season? College ball... even the best of College ball... is about 6 levels below the crappiest of NFL teams... (Except the Jests)... I do not think Spiller will be a Pat White... But, I am not going to believe a guy his size will perform at the same level he did in college either. Guys are MUCH bigger, Much faster... and no how to shut down tiny RB's coming off the line.

Derek In West Palm Beach

Excellent point!

I would be pumped if we traded our first pick for Marshall.
Right up to when we started the season with Solia at NT-LOL.


those NY teams had one of the top defenses in the league. If you are going to compare our deffense to those teams?

We have howm any pro bowl def players?


those NY teams had one of the top defenses in the league. If you are going to compare our deffense to those teams?

We have howm any pro bowl def players?

Posted by: bobbyd12 | March 13, 2010 at 12:14 AM


The point I'm trying to make is Parcell's believes in a strong run game, strong D.
It's his tried and true formula.
Are you seriously asking me if I think our D compares to Lawrence Taylor and Co. Give me a break dude.
The point is, it's Bill's blue print. Spiller doesn't fit it, and apparently Marshall either. At least not at this point.
Parcell's doesen't realistically expect to win the Super Bowl this year, so look for him to go D big time in this years draft.


You are still missing the point. We cannot win in this league without a prolific passing game. You hopefully saw the Indy game against us where we dominated time of possession (somethng like 40 - 20 minutes, 1st downs, etc and still saw manning throw 3 tds in 2 minute drives and beat us. The 70's are over. The relaxed passing rules make for a wide open offense. Neither the Saints nor Indy had a great deffense. They were both top passing teams.............

Some of you extremely dim individuals are just now waking up to the realization that extremely dim professional athletes make more than you.... And, get this Maroons, Ross has lost more medium term value in his NFL 'investment' in 2010 alone than most of you will net in your whole lives. GET OVER IT! QUIT WHINING! Please. It gets tedious.

i agree wholeheartedly bobbyd thats exactly why you should want me on your team dont worry about my personal life most of the guys in this league beat their women and wouldnt you like to see your coach jumping up and down like a 10 year old over touchdowns instead of field goals im comin to save ya brutha

Ok greg z and Sean # Your right it takes a idiot... like your self to know a idiot.. Have a Good Night Sir.

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