C.J. Gardner-Johnson was a great pick by the New Orleans Saints back in the 2019 draft; that’s become more clear day by day, with the latest proof of it being the performance based pay benefit Gardner-Johnson cashed in after a strong second season. This system was recently introduced as a way to reward players on rookie contracts or near-league minimum salaries for playing more often than their peers; the Saints have drafted well lately, and Gardner-Johnson’s new windfall is a testament to it.
The NFL and the players union announced these bonuses for all qualifying players across the league on Tuesday, with Gardner-Johnson leading 40 of his Saints teammates in bonus pay (you can find the full list at this NFL release).
Gardner-Johnson led the team in performance-based pay last year, too, but he’s doubled his intake after taking on a more prominent role as New Orleans’ starting nickel back. And he’s currently training to become the best in the game. Here’s how he stacks up against the top 10 Saints players in this year’s bonus pay: