Former LSU cornerback Jalen Mills was selected in the seventh round by the Philadelphia Eagles in last year’s NFL draft, but that didn’t stop him from making an impact on the team last season and being handsomely rewarded for his play.
Mills was one of 16 players in the NFL to earn at least $300,000 in performance-based pay in 2016 according to figures announced by the league on Wednesday.
The NFL gave each of its 32 teams $3.995 million to give their players in performance-based pay without affecting the salary cap. The money in performance-based pay for each team has increased in each of the last three years.
Some of the other players with at least $300,000 in performance-based pay were Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Poole.
The money Mills made in performance-based pay almost was as much as his base salary.
Mills signed a four-year, $2.4 million contract with a $76,856 signing bonus. He had a base salary of $450,000 last year.
Mills played on 65 percent of the Eagles defensive snaps. He played in all 16 games and made two starts. He finished the season with 65 tackles and broke up seven passes.
Mills was a four-year starter at LSU prior to being drafted by Philadelphia.