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McDonald's play rewarded

By Marla Ridenour Published: March 24, 2009

Browns second-year cornerback Brandon McDonald received the fifth-highest performance bonus from a league fund last season, according to figures released by the NFL Tuesday.

McDonald received $329,803 from the league's performance-based pay system, which compares playing time with regular-season salary (including bonuses). While McDonald had a rocky season, victimized on several touchdown passes, he started 15 games. His benching Nov. 17 at Buffalo, which seemed like a motivational ploy by then-coach Romeo Crennel, lasted only one play.

McDonald was named the winner of the Pro Football Writers' Dino Lucarelli Good Guy Award for his cooperation with the local media.

San Diego Chargers offensive tackle Jeromey Clary received the most money from the performance fund in 2008, getting $405,859.

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