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Greenlaw, Moseley, receive performance-based bonuses

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Well deserved. Both players had a huge impact for the 49ers in 2019.

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NFL released its top-25 performance-based pay distributions for 2019, and two San Francisco 49ers made the list. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted the information out, but couldn’t resist throwing in “a pool that will increase dramatically if a new CBA is passed.” He is the definition of a company man. Anyway, Dre Greenlaw, the 49ers fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, NFL released its top-25 performance-based pay distributions for 2019, and two San Francisco 49ers made the list. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport tweeted the information out, but couldn’t resist throwing in “a pool that will increase dramatically if a new CBA is passed.” He is the definition of a company man.

Anyway, Dre Greenlaw, the 49ers fifth-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, earned $339,981 in performance-based pay alone. Greenlaw took over as a starter for Malcolm Smith early on in the summer and never looked back. When Kwon Alexander went down with a torn pec to start November, he made big play after big play. So Greenlaw logging 730 snaps is nice, but making an impact for his team is the real win here. That, and an extra $300k in his pocket.

Greenlaw wasn’t the only 49er to receive a performance-based bonus. Cornerback Emmanuel Moseley, who played 589 defensive snaps in 2019, received $500,519 in bonuses. These are calculated by weighing the players’ salary against his playing time. For a first-year starter to step in during the season and to play at the level he did, Moseley absolutely deserves this bonus. He was so good that we’ve been discussing the past month if the 49ers should pass on a first-round or free-agent cornerback to give Moseley another shot. That’s high praise for an undrafted free agent.

If D.J. Jones doesn’t get injured, he likely cracks the top-25 as well. Jones missed five games in 2019. That’s a testament to the 49ers scouting department. During John Lynch’s time as general manager, the 49ers have been incredible at finding talent on Day 3. Quality depth players like the three mentioned turned into starters. It shouldn’t be too long before another Day 3 draft pick becomes the highest-paid tight end in NFL history.