Football Ops

Football Ops

Protecting the integrity of the greatest game.

NFL Ops: Honoring the Game

It's our responsibility to strengthen the sport.

League Governance

Ensuring a consistent and fair game that is decided on the field, by the players.

NFL Rules Enforcement

Ensuring that players conduct themselves in a way that honors the sport and respects the game.

Fines & Appeals

The NFL's schedule of infractions and fines, and a process for appeal.

NFL Careers in Football Forum

The NFL strives to cultivate a qualified and diverse workforce.

Economic & Social Impact

Honoring the league’s commitment to serve the communities where the game is played.

The NFL Ops Team

Meet the people behind NFL Operations.

The Game

The Game

Learn about the people, the jobs and the technology that deliver the best game possible to NFL fans across the U.S. and around the world. 

Gameday: Behind the Scenes

Countdown to kickoff: how NFL games happen.

Technology

In the NFL, balancing technology with tradition.

Impact of Television

How television has changed the game.

History of Instant Replay

Upon further review…

Creating the NFL Schedule

It takes hundreds of computers and four NFL executives to create the NFL's 256-game masterpiece.

The Players

The Players

Learn how NFL players have changed over time, how they’re developed and drafted and how the league works with them after their playing days are over.  

Evolution of the NFL Player

Creating an NFL player: from “everyman” to “superman.”

Development Pipeline

Supporting the next generation of players and fans.

Getting Into the Game

Preparing players of all ages for success at football’s highest level.

The NFL Draft

Introducing the next wave of NFL superstars. 

NFL Player Engagement

A look at the programs the NFL and its partners provide to help every player before, during and after his football career.

NFL Legends Community

Celebrating, educating, embracing and connecting all former NFL players with each other, their former teams and the league.

The Officials

The Officials

Discover the evolution of professional officiating, the weekly evaluation process and how the NFL identifies and develops the next generation of officials.

In Focus: History of the Official

“One thing hasn’t changed: the pressure. It will always be there.”

Inside NFL GameDay Central

The latest information from the NFL's officiating command center.

These Officials Are Really Good

Every week, officials take the field ready to put months of preparation, training and hard work on display, knowing that the whole world — and the Officiating Department — is watching.

Officiating Development

Officiating an NFL game takes years of training and experience. 

The Rules

The Rules

NFL Football Operations protects the integrity of the game by ensuring that the rules and the officiating are consistent and fair to all competitors.

In Focus: Evolution of the NFL Rules

The custodians of football not only have protected its integrity, but have also revised its playing rules to protect the players, and to make the games fairer and more entertaining.

2017 NFL Rulebook

Explore the official rules of the game.

NFL Video Rulebook

The NFL Video Rulebook explains NFL rules with video examples.

2017 Rules Changes and Points of Emphasis

NFL Overtime Rules

NFL Tiebreaking Procedures

The NFL's procedures for breaking ties for postseason playoffs.

Signals Intelligence

The NFL's familiar hand signals help fans better understand the game.   

Football 101

Football 101

Terms Glossary

Sharpen your NFL football knowledge with this glossary of the game's fundamental terms. 

Formations 101

See where the players line up in pro football's most common offensive and defensive formations.

Quick Guide to NFL TV Graphics

Understand what the graphics on NFL television broadcasts mean and how they can help you get the most out of watching NFL games.

NFL Instant Replay Process

The NFL’s instant replay review process focuses on expediting instant replay reviews and ensuring consistency. Learn how it works.

Stats Central

Stats Central

Go inside the game with the NFL's official game stats. Sort the stats by season or by week.

Chart The Data

Chart and compare the NFL Football Operations stats you're looking for with the NFL's data tool. 

Weekly Dashboard

Get a snapshot of the current NFL game stats, updated weekly during the regular season.

NFL Players will receive $134.16 million in “Performance-Based Pay” for their performance during the 2017 season. The Performance-Based Pay program is a collectively bargained benefit that compensates all players, including rookies, based upon their playing time and salary levels.

In addition to the Performance-Based Pay pool, the NFL Players Association has elected to dedicate $35.2 million in benefits ($1.1 million per club) to fund the “Veteran Pool,” a Veteran Performance-Based Compensation Pool for players with more than one accrued season. In total, $169.36 million will be disbursed to players under the combined pools.

Tennessee Titans guard Quinton Spain earned the highest amount of all NFL players in the Performance-Based Pay program and the Veteran Pool. Under the combined pools, Spain will receive $489,782.

A 2015 undrafted free agent out of West Virginia, Spain played in 14 games for the Titans this season, starting all games in which he played. He played in 85.71 percent of Tennessee’s offensive plays and 13.08 percent of the Titans’ special teams plays, while earning the league minimum salary for a player with two credited seasons.

Players have been paid nearly $1.4 billion cumulatively since the inception of the Performance-Based Pay program, which was implemented as part of the NFL’s 2002 CBA with the NFLPA, and is part of the current agreement.

The Veteran Pool is a component of the Rookie Redistribution Fund, a player benefit that was created under the 2011 CBA. The NFLPA elected to fund the Veteran Pool for the first time in 2016 and extended the benefit for the 2017 season.

How Performance-Based Pay Works

Under the Performance-Based Pay program, a fund is created and used as a supplemental form of compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. Players are eligible to receive a bonus distribution in any regular season in which they play at least one official down. In general, players with higher playtime percentages and lower salaries benefit most from the pools.

Performance-Based Pay is computed by using a player index in which 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 compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his Performance-Based Pay.

The Veteran Pool is computed in a similar manner, with two significant modifications: 1) players with zero accrued seasons are not eligible to receive distributions, though such players remain eligible to receive distributions under the Performance-Based Pay program; and 2) to calculate the eligible player’s index, if the player’s full-season base salary is less than $1 million, an additional amount will be imputed so that the player’s base salary equals $1 million. By imputing a minimum of $1 million to the denominator of the Veteran Pool’s index calculation (playtime divided by salary), a slightly higher percentage of the pool is directed to high-performing veteran players whose salaries exceed $1 million but are not among the highest in the league, as contemplated by the formula. This imputation of salary is solely for calculating distributions from the pool, and does not affect the actual salary paid to the player under his contract.

Illustration of Performance-Based Pay System

Each player on the same team competes for his share of his club’s Performance-Based Pay pool. The hypothetical example in the table below illustrates how the Player Index works, using a simplified four-player team and a club bonus pool of $1,000,000. Each player receives his share of the pool depending on how his index compares to those of his teammates.

TOP 25 PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY DISTRIBUTIONS FOR 2017
Player Team Pos. College  Rookie Yr Draft Rd Distribution
Quinton Spain Tennessee G West Virginia 2015 UDFA $385,490.95
Wes Schweitzer Atlanta G San Jose State 2016 6 $376,698.80
Jalen Mills Philadelphia CB LSU 2016 7 $364,744.97
Anthony Brown Dallas CB Purdue 2016 6 $345,299.22
Keelan Cole Jacksonville WR Kentucky Wesleyan 2017 UDFA $344,998.87
Nicholas Morrow Oakland LB Greenville 2017 UDFA $337,312.82
Eddie Jackson Chicago S Alabama 2017 4 $334,782.65
John Wetzel Arizona T Boston College 2013 UDFA $333,603.68
Kevin Byard Tennessee S Middle Tennessee 2016 3 $333,066.93
Mike Hilton Pittsburgh CB Mississippi 2016 UDFA $327,377.67
Daryl Williams Carolina T Oklahoma 2015 4 $321,834.89
Jayon Brown Tennessee LB UCLA 2017 5 $321,425.69
Trevor Williams LA Chargers CB Penn State 2016 UDFA $316,820.42
Shaq Mason New England G Georgia Tech 2015 4 $314,837.80
Ricardo Allen Atlanta S Purdue 2014 5 $313,711.25
Dak Prescott Dallas QB Mississippi State 2016 4 $313,406.43
Trey Hopkins Cincinnati G Texas 2014 UDFA $310,435.00
Jesse Davis Miami G/T Idaho 2015 UDFA $308,989.36
Spencer Pulley LA Chargers C Vanderbilt 2016 UDFA $304,021.36
Tyler Larsen Carolina C Utah State 2014 UDFA $299,594.37
Joe Thuney New England G North Carolina State 2016 3 $296,620.57
Ken Crawley New Orleans CB Colorado 2016 UDFA $295,826.77
Jesse James Pittsburgh TE Penn State 2015 5 $293,971.07
Halapoulivaati Vaitai Philadelphia T TCU 2016 5 $293,132.51
Blake Martinez Green Bay LB Stanford 2016 4 $291,170.83
TOP 25 BONUSES IN VETERAN PERFORMANCE-BASED COMPENSATION
Player Team Pos. College  Rookie Yr Draft Rd Distribution
Quinton Spain Tennessee G West Virginia 2015 UDFA  $ 104,291.40
Kevin Byard Tennessee S Middle Tennessee 2016 3  $ 100,588.09
Blake Martinez Green Bay LB Stanford 2016 4  $   93,219.71
Jalen Mills Philadelphia CB LSU 2016 7  $   92,695.20
Anthony Brown Dallas CB Purdue 2016 6  $   92,391.27
Dontae Johnson San Francisco CB North Carolina State 2014 4  $   91,021.05
Graham Glasgow Detroit G Michigan 2016 3  $   89,630.21
Wes Schweitzer Atlanta G San Jose State 2016 6  $   89,366.46
Matthias Farley Indianapolis S Notre Dame 2016 UDFA  $   88,669.91
A.J. Cann Jacksonville G South Carolina 2015 3  $   87,905.02
Dak Prescott Dallas QB Mississippi State 2016 4  $   87,599.82
Joe Schobert Cleveland LB Wisconsin 2016 4  $   87,456.29
Trevor Williams LA Chargers CB Penn State 2016 UDFA  $   87,290.83
Kenny Wiggins LA Chargers G Fresno State 2011 UDFA  $   87,217.41
Jesse James Pittsburgh TE Penn State 2015 5  $   84,822.88
Shaq Mason New England G Georgia Tech 2015 4  $   84,801.75
Matt Paradis Denver C Boise State 2014 6  $   84,709.48
Spencer Pulley LA Chargers C Vanderbilt 2016 UDFA  $   83,810.99
Jacoby Brissett Indianapolis QB North Carolina State 2016 3  $   83,750.43
Daryl Williams Carolina T Oklahoma 2015 4  $   83,592.18
Brett Jones NY Giants C Regina / Canada 2015 UDFA  $   83,482.96
Joe Haeg Indianapolis G/T North Dakota State 2016 5  $   82,977.72
Ricardo Allen Atlanta S Purdue 2014 5  $   82,423.85
Patrick Robinson Philadelphia CB Florida State 2010 1  $   82,299.68
Jamon Brown LA Rams G Louisville 2015 3  $   81,340.80
TOP 25 COMBINED TOTAL (PERFORMANCE-BASED PAY AND VETERAN PERFORMANCE-BASED COMPENSATION)
Player Team Pos. College  Rookie Yr. Draft Rd. Regular PBP Veteran PBP Combined Distribution
Quinton Spain Tennessee G West Virginia 2015 UDFA $385,490.95 $104,291.40 $489,782.35
Wes Schweitzer Atlanta G San Jose State 2016 6 $376,698.80 $   89,366.46 $466,065.26
Jalen Mills Philadelphia CB LSU 2016 7 $364,744.97 $   92,695.20 $457,440.17
Anthony Brown Dallas CB Purdue 2016 6 $345,299.22 $   92,391.27 $437,690.49
Kevin Byard Tennessee S Middle Tennessee 2016 3 $333,066.93 $100,588.09 $433,655.02
John Wetzel Arizona T Boston College 2013 UDFA $333,603.68 $   78,150.04 $411,753.72
Daryl Williams Carolina T Oklahoma 2015 4 $321,834.89 $   83,592.18 $405,427.07
Trevor Williams LA Chargers CB Penn State 2016 UDFA $316,820.42 $   87,290.83 $404,111.25
Dak Prescott Dallas QB Mississippi State 2016 4 $313,406.43 $   87,599.82 $401,006.25
Shaq Mason New England G Georgia Tech 2015 4 $314,837.80 $   84,801.75 $399,639.55
Ricardo Allen Atlanta S Purdue 2014 5 $313,711.25 $   82,423.85 $396,135.10
Trey Hopkins Cincinnati G Texas 2014 UDFA $310,435.00 $   78,705.77 $389,140.77
Spencer Pulley LA Chargers C Vanderbilt 2016 UDFA $304,021.36 $   83,810.99 $387,832.35
Blake Martinez Green Bay LB Stanford 2016 4 $291,170.83 $   93,219.71 $384,390.54
Jesse James Pittsburgh TE Penn State 2015 5 $293,971.07 $   84,822.88 $378,793.95
Ken Crawley New Orleans CB Colorado 2016 UDFA $295,826.77 $   78,770.57 $374,597.34
Graham Glasgow Detroit G Michigan 2016 3 $284,719.38 $   89,630.21 $374,349.59
Joe Thuney New England G North Carolina State 2016 3 $296,620.57 $   76,487.59 $373,108.16
Matt Paradis Denver C Boise State 2014 6 $286,994.05 $   84,709.48 $371,703.53
Halapoulivaati Vaitai Philadelphia T TCU 2016 5 $293,132.51 $   76,606.34 $369,738.85
Tyler Larsen Carolina C Utah State 2014 UDFA $299,594.37 $   63,648.92 $363,243.29
Matthias Farley Indianapolis S Notre Dame 2016 UDFA $269,426.45 $   88,669.91 $358,096.36
James Bradberry Carolina CB Samford 2016 2 $279,160.17 $   74,637.30 $353,797.47
Will Parks Denver S Arizona 2016 6 $275,592.65 $   72,994.20 $348,586.85
De'Vondre Campbell Atlanta LB Minnesota 2016 4 $275,142.60 $   70,155.96 $345,298.56
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