Fourteen Lions get six-figure bonuses

Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Lions players whom the NFL considered underpaid received notice Monday of a bonus coming their way.

With each team receiving $3.8 million for performance-based pay distributions, 14 players on the Lions will get six-figure bonuses for their efforts in 2015.

Center Travis Swanson led all Lions players with a $191,905.10 bonus. A third-round pick in 2014, Swanson had a base salary of $520,000 in 2015, but his 14 starts earned him some extra cash.

The NFL Management Council determines the bonuses by comparing playtime percentages to salary figures. Linebacker Josh Bynes got a bonus of nearly $182,000, and Tahir Whitehead received more than $164,000. Cornerback Nevin Lawson (more than $174,000) and Quandre Diggs (more than $171,000) also cashed in for playing significantly.

All of those players who received the top five bonuses had salaries of less than $1 million.

Last year, the Lions’ top bonus for 2015 went to cornerback Rashean Mathis at more than $227,000. The top bonus from 2014 went to guard Larry Warford, who received more than $260,000 extra after starting every game as a rookie.