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Chukwuma Okorafor Gets over $500,000 in Performance Bonuses to Lead Steelers



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Many of the Pittsburgh Steelers will see a bonus on top of their 2020 salary thanks to the NFLPA’s performance-based pay initiative, but they may have to wait a while to see the extra money they’ve earned.

The NFLPA released the full list of players that qualified for performance-based bonuses after the 2020 season on Tuesday, and there are dozens of Steelers included.

Right tackle Chukwuma Okorafor topped the list, earned an additional $567,469 in addition to his base salary for playing in 94.4% of the team’s offensive snaps in 2020. Okorafor became the team’s starting right tackle after a Week 1 injury to Zach Banner.

Wide receivers Chase Claypool, Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster, cornerback Cam Sutton and linebackers Alex Highsmith and Robert Spillane also earned more than $300,000 in bonuses. The full list can be found here.

The extra money does not count toward the Steelers’ salary cap, and each team handed out a total of $8.5 million in additional money. The payments will be deferred until 2024 because of the NFL’s loss of revenue during the pandemic-impacted 2020 season.