OWINGS MILLS — Dawan Landry hit the virtual jackpot the old-fashioned way. The Baltimore Ravensâ€™ hard-hitting strong safety earned it with tackles, interceptions and lots of starting assignments.
Landry earned the highest extra compensation under the NFLâ€™s performance based pay system, $366,017 in additional pay. That figure exceeded his entire rookie base salary.
Landry earned $275,000 in base salary last year while establishing himself as a capable replacement for Will Demps.
The fifth-round draft pick from Georgia Tech started 14 games, registering 89 tackles while leading all NFL rookies with five interceptions. He collected three sacks and knocked down 13 passes.
Under an NFL program set up under the 2002 collective bargaining agreement extension, players are paid extra money out of a fund that compares playing time to salary.
The playersâ€™ playing time is divided by their adjusted salary, including the prorated portion of signing bonus and incentives. Then, itâ€™s compared to other players on his team to determine the exact amount of supplemental pay.
This year, the fund totaled $96 million, or $3 million per team, and is scheduled to increase to $3.15 million in 2007 and $3.307 million in 2008. The extra monies are distributed by the individual teams.
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland.