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David Andrews, Jalen Mills among former SEC standouts earning top 2016 NFL bonuses

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David Andrews and Jalen Mills played their college football more than 500 miles apart, but the former SEC standouts both earned big bonuses for their NFL work in 2016.

Mills and Andrews are among the players receiving the league’s biggest performance-based bonuses, as detailed in a data set compiled by the NFL.

Andrews, the former Georgia center, earned the league’s fifth-biggest bonus at more than $340,000. An undrafted free agent in his second year with the New England Patriots, Andrews beat out Bryan Stork for the starting job and proceeded to start every game on the Patriots’ charge to the Super Bowl LI title.

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Mills, a former LSU cornerback, meanwhile, earned more than $320,000 in bonus money with the Philadelphia Eagles. The former All-American slipped to the seventh round of the 2016 draft, due in part to injury concerns, but rewarded the Eagles’ confidence with 67 tackles and steady performance in the team’s nickel packages.

Along with Atlanta Falcons cornerback Brian Poole (first), Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (second) and San Francisco 49ers lineman Trenton Brown (seventh), five of the seven leading bonuses this season went to former SEC players.

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