Pittsburgh Steelers tackle Kelvin Beachum has received yet another raise.
According to a Friday NFL release, Beachum will earn an additional $297,687 in 2015 thanks to the NFL’s “Performance-Based Pay” program that compensates players for playing time based upon their salary levels.
Per the Friday release:
Under the Performance-Based Pay system, a fund is created and used as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. Players become eligible to receive a bonus distribution in any regular season in which they play at least one official down.
Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a “player index.” To produce the index, a player’s regular-season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular-season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player’s index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his pay.
Beachum had already had his 2015 base salary increased to $1.542 million after he qualifying for the “Proven Performance Escalator.”
Beachum was drafted by the Steelers in the seventh round of the 2012 NFL Draft out of SMU. He has started 33 games for the Steelers with the last 28 of them coming at left tackle.
Beachum is entering the final year of his contract in 2015 and thus should be in line for an extension later on in the offseason.