J.R. Sweezy cashes in with performance-based pay program

Seahawks right guard J.R. Sweezy earned an additional $259,704 for the 2014 NFL season from the league’s performance-based pay program, it was announced Friday.

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At various times during the 2014 season, offensive line coach Tom Cable and quarterback Russell Wilson referred to J.R. Sweezy as being one of the better guards in the NFL.

The league's performance-based pay program agrees, as it was announced Friday that Sweezy has earned a $259,704 distribution – which ranks 17th among the Top 25 in the program.

Sweezy not only was a seventh-round draft choice in 2012, he was making the switch from college defensive tackle to NFL guard. After the expected growing pains during his rookie season, Sweezy has started 31 regular-season games and six postseason games the past two seasons – when the Seahawks have advanced to the Super Bowl and ranked No. 4 and No. 1 in the league in rushing.

Under the performance-based pay system, a fund is created and used as a supplemental form of compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. Players will receive $116.256 million for their performances during the 2014 season, with Buffalo Bills tackle Seantrel Henderson topping the list at $373,671.

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