Bears cornerback Zackary Bowman's base salary was $310,000 in 2009.
This week, Bowman actually topped that figure through the NFL's Performance Based Pay Distributions, which, through a formula, rewards low-salaried players who participate in a significant number of snaps. Playing 64 percent of the team's defensive snaps, Bowman, who started 12 games, earned $355,355 through the PBP system, the second-highest total in the league.
Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan, who started all 16 games, received $397,555.
For Bowman, that still doesn't seem just. A fifth-round pick in 2008, Bowman's total take is still nowhere close to Nathan Vasher, who started just two games but earned $2.95 million in base salary alone in 2009.