Andrews, Butler top performance-based pay earners for Patriots

Andrews, Butler top performance-based pay earners for Patriots

Malcolm Butler's looking for a much larger payday, but he'll take the performance-based pay he earned in 2016.

Every year since the launch of the performance-based pay program spelled out in the 2002 collective bargaining agreement, NFL players are paid a supplemental form of compensation based on their playing time and salary. In essence, it helps players who out-perform their contracts make some extra money. 

Butler was among the top earners in the league last year when it came to performance-based pay, and this year he pulled in $368,882.72, per NESN's Doug Kyed. He was not the highest performance-based-earner on his own team this year, though. That honor went to second-year center David Andrews, who received $426,344.26. 

After winning the starting job in training camp, beating out Bryan Stork, Andrews went on to play 99.7 percent of the snaps for the Patriots last season. An undrafted rookie out of Georgia two years ago, Andrews started all 19 games last season and played in every snap but four during a Week 8 win over the Bills. 

Other performance-based pay earners included the two teammates who played on either side of Andrews for the majority of the season: Shaq Mason ($352,350.79) and Joe Thuney ($305,206.63). Mason played 92.6 percent of offensive snaps, while Thuney played in 99.7 percent. (There's a veteran pool from which rookies are not eligible to draw, explaining why Mason was paid more than Thuney despite playing fewer snaps.)

Others who cracked the $100,000 mark were Trey Flowers, Malcolm Mitchell, Jonathan Jones, Eric Rowe, Elandon Roberts, James White, Cameron Fleming, Brandon King, Barkevious Mingo, Justin Coleman, James Develin and Logan Ryan.

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.