Jalen Mills was a seventh-round pick in 2016 yet he ended up playing 65 percent of the Eagles' defensive snaps as a rookie.
So it's no surprise that Mills leads the Eagles in performance-based pay from 2016.
According to documents obtained by CSNPhilly.com, Mills earned an $324,112.11 after playing a ton last season. That's significant for Mills, who had a base salary of just $450,000 in 2016.
Only five players in the league made more in performance-based play than Mills: Atlanta's Brian Poole ($371K), Dallas' Dak Prescott ($353K), Dallas' Anthony Brown ($346K), Atlanta's Ricardo Allen ($342K) and New England's David Andrews ($341K).
Eagles middle linebacker Jordan Hicks also made more than $300K ($300,142.56) in performance-based pay.
Performance-based pay is divvied up based on a formula that accounts for playing time and salary. Basically, the more a player plays on a cheap deal, the more he gets. It doesn't reward level of play, rather snaps on the field.
Every team gets the same amount to divvy up among its players. This year, each team had just under $4 million.
This money gets added to players' salaries from 2016 and does not affect the salary cap.
Mills and Hicks were two of 11 Eagles who made over $100,000 in performance-based pay from 2016:
Jalen Mills: $324,112.11
Jordan Hicks: $300,142.56
Jaylen Watkins: $208,323.45
Trey Burton: $187,966.61
Beau Allen: $184,088.97
Dorial Green-Beckham: $176,659.84
Halapoulivaati Vaitai: $170,296.41
Destiny Vaeao: $126,777.59
Jordan Matthews: $118,756.92
Wendell Smallwood: $110,961.18
Isaac Seumalo: $110,757.40
Chase Daniel, who signed a deal to become the most expensive backup quarterback in the league before 2016, played just six offensive snaps in 2016.
Daniel, cut on Monday, earned an extra $228.12.