Tackle Trent Brown, a former seventh-round pick who played more snaps than any other 49ers offensive player in 2016, was the team’s top earner from the NFL’s performance-based pay program and veteran performance pool.
The big right tackle earned a total of $396,837.78 from the two programs, which weigh a player’s salary against his playing time. Brown played 1,089 snaps last season and earned a base salary of $525,000.
His payout was followed by receiver Quinton Patton ($203,523.16), outside linebacker Eli Harold ($190,491.20), guard Andrew Tiller ($180,228.34) and receiver Jeremy Kerley ($180,105).
The 49ers gave Kerley, their leading receiver last season, a three-year contract extension earlier this month; Patton and Tiller are free agents.
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Rookies are not eligible for the veteran’s-pay portion of the program. Rashard Robinson, a fourth-round pick who started six games last season, received the biggest performance-based bonus among 49ers rookies, $177,061.39.
Here are the top 10 payouts for the 49ers when the two programs are added together:
T Trent Brown, $396,837.78
WR Quinton Patton, $203,523.16
OLB Eli Harold, $190,491.20
G Andrew Tiller, $180,228.34
WR Jeremy Kerley, $180,105.00
CB Rashard Robinson, $177,061.39
LB Nick Bellore, $176,407.72
WR Aaron Burbridge, $168,277.18
CB Keith Reaser, $146,165.17
RB Shaun Draughn, $137,434.27