Robert Hainsey earns performance-based pay bonus

Tampa Bay Buccaneers center Robert Hainsey’s unexpected ascendency to the starting lineup is paying off as he lands on the top-25 performance-based pay earnings list for 2022, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. Due to his increased snap count last year, Hainsey earned an extra $706,331. The performance-based pay does not count against the Bucs’ salary cap.

The performance-based pay bonuses are designed for players on cheaper deals who end up playing a larger number of snaps than their contract might indicate. The more they play at a lesser salary, the more they could earn in performance bonuses.

Hainsey started at center at last season after Ryan Jensen went down with a knee injury. As a 2021 third-round pick, Hainsey’s salary was just over $1 million so his performance-based pay bonus ended up being substantial.

With the Bucs’ guard positions in flux, Hainsey could be in line to earn a performance-based bonus again next season if he can win a starting job early. He will be competing against the likes of Nick Leverett, Aaron Stinnie and Luke Goedeke, but his full year as a starter does give him an advantage.

Story originally appeared on Buccaneers Wire