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Former Gators cornerback Brian Poole earns NFL’s biggest performance-based bonus

Brian Poole
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Brian Poole exceeded everybody’s expectations with the Atlanta Falcons. Now, he’s set to get his reward in the form of a nice paycheck.

The rookie cornerback earned the most performance-based bonus money in the NFL this season, part of a set of data released by the league Thursday.

Poole brought home more than $370,000 in bonuses for his efforts this season, which included helping the Falcons to the Super Bowl. His base salary was $450,000, so the bonuses nearly double that figure.

Poole was an undrafted rookie free agent who was usually overshadowed in college by high-profile secondary teammates like Vernon Hargreaves and Jalen Tabor.

Poole finished the season with 59 tackles, one sack, 10 passes defended and one interception.

Poole wasn’t the only former Florida player to bring in a big-time bonus this year. Former Gators offensive lineman Trenton Brown, now with the San Francisco 49ers, collected the seventh-biggest bonus with more than $320,000.

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