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March 27, 2007

Bonus checks for Panthers

PHOENIX – Eight Panthers have received bonus checks for more than $100,000 as part of the NFL’s Performance Based Pay System. As already mentioned in this blog, center Geoff Hangartner got the biggest check of the Panthers and the third-largest in the NFL. Here’s a complete look at the breakdown of how the $2.84 million was divided among the Panthers. These numbers do not count toward the salary cap:

Geoff Hangartner $259,536

Evan Mathis $175,587

Michael Gaines $172,168

Shaun Williams $165,191

Richard Marshall $148,266

Na’il Diggs $128,201

Adam Seward $106,659

James Anderson $102,434

Will Montgomery $97,530

Jeremy Bridges $93,781

Chris Draft $87,238

Drew Carter $69,984

Colin Branch $65,329

Brad Hoover $53,864

Christian Morton $49,950

Mike Minter $49,668

Thomas Davis $49,131

Chris Gamble $49,022

Vinny Ciurciu $46,401

Karl Hankton $43,581

Keyshawn Johnson $40,996

Kevin McCadam $40,707

Kindal Moorehead $39,853

Todd Fordham $39,598

DeAngelo Williams $39,478

Kris Mangum $38,409

Jeff King $38,374

Nick Goings $34,632

Damione Lewis $33,496

Al Wallace $31,670

Ma’ake Kemoeatu $30,707

Keary Colbert $30,343

Nate Salley $28,740

Dion Byrum $27,096

Jordan Gross $26,119

Reggie Howard $22,197

Kris Jenkins $20,926

Jason Baker $20,484

Brandon Jamison $19,801

Steve Smith $19,027

Mike Wahle $17,453

Jake Delhomme $17,254

Jason Kyle $17,166

Taye Biddle $17,004

DeShaun Foster $16,259

Ken Lucas $15,170

Eric Shelton $14,809

Chris Weinke $14,436

Mike Rucker $12,574

Stanley McClover $12,393

Julius Peppers $9,205

Mike Seidman $8,348

Derrick Strait $8,317

John Kasay $6,265

Brett Basanez $4,484

Jordan Carstens $3,997

Justin Hartwig $3,272

Travelle Wharton $3,050

Tony Brown $1,115

Dan Morgan $410

Posted by Observer Sports on March 27, 2007 at 06:01 PM | Permalink


I don't understand this. Are their checks not big enough? I thought on your contract you agree to do what you're told to the best of your ability. These guys get bonuses for that? That money should go to the older guys who played during and before the 1970s so the NFL can quit fighting that lawsuit or whatever is going on.

Posted by: charlson | Mar 27, 2007 6:14:43 PM

Hah...maybe Dan Morgan can buy one of those Romanowski concussion-prevention mouthpieces with his $400.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 27, 2007 9:19:30 PM

The concussion-prevention mouthpiece is over $300....remember after taxes Dan only gets about $250:)

Posted by: hindupanther | Mar 28, 2007 8:25:48 AM

dan told me on the cruise that he already has one of those mouthpieces.

Posted by: daryl | Mar 28, 2007 7:22:12 PM

As far as I know Morgans dentist is not certified to make the Maher mouth guard used by 70% of the N.E. Patriots. They have the lowest concussion rate year in and year out. Morgan probably has a dislodged cartilage,it's not always the problem although NFL studies suggest 70% of concussions originate at the jaw. Down goes Frazier, once disloged, the slightest hit can drop you. Maybe the NFL will look into if further, they haven't so far. www.mahercor.com

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Posted by: Mahercor | Mar 28, 2007 8:49:17 PM

Haha...I love that I prompted all this mouthpiece debate.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 28, 2007 11:59:45 PM

One of the most disturbing events of last season was to see Steve Smith getting sick into a barrel. A bad fall on the sideline had given him a dinger. These events are now much more serious than once thought. The troubling part, he tells a similar story on the NFL network as if he is proud of it, playing through the pain could kill. The demented retired players are lining up in scores.

Posted by: Mahercor | Mar 29, 2007 7:46:43 AM

What??? First off, who asked for your mouthpiece ads, Maher? Secondly, it sounds like you're talking about the game where Smith had the FLU and bravely fought through it to perform well. Third, a stinger (or 'dinger', as you call it) is far from fatal...it's a minor nerve pinch which temporarily leaves some pain or a shocking sensation travelling down a player's spine. Not a big deal..most who get them re-enter the game once the sensation dies off.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Mar 29, 2007 10:34:21 AM

This is not an AD;

Check the replay, replay is how the NFL diagnoses head injury. The Smith dive included a violent whiplash of the head to the ground. Stingers and nerve pinching have been found to be affected by the position of the C1 and C2 disks, the position of the jaw has been proven to affect them.
It is now known these events, dizziness, the sensation of seeing stars and headache are symptoms of concussion and have been found to contribute to white spots on the top of the brain. These "Vasa spasms" are precursors to Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, pugulistica dementia. See www.Concussioncrisis.com or Hiddenepidemic.com.
This is not an ad, but when someone erroneously states Dan Morgan is wearing our mouth guard or "Romo" is involved in any way. A basic primer is needed. When concussion is minimized or glorified, we got problem with that mentality. Try to tell the hundreds maybe thousands of retired players pro/college/amateur with problems its not a big deal, it is a big deal.

Posted by: Mahercor | Mar 29, 2007 1:25:43 PM

I would feel better about Michael Gaines getting that check if it were possible for him to catch a pass.

Posted by: DCPanthersFan | Apr 2, 2007 3:07:13 PM

What exactly determines this Performance Based Paycheck?
How does a 3rd & 4th string WR get a bigger check then you star WR?
Looks to me like they got the system backwards the better players are on the bottom of the pole

Posted by: jeff counsil | Apr 3, 2007 11:04:22 AM

The better players are already highly-paid. It's mostly low-salary guys (low draft picks, UFAs) who get a lot of starts, rather than necessarily stats.

Posted by: Michael Procton | Apr 5, 2007 4:44:18 PM

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