Cincinnati Bengals center Kyle Cook scored $268,122 from the NFL’s performance-based bonus pool. That was the 18th-largest check cut by the league, which overall handed out $109 million in bonus checks.
Cook was one of just 22 players league-wide to earn more than $250,000 in performance-based coin. An undrafted free agent in 2007 out of Michigan State, Cook was initially signed by the Vikings, was cut after preseason, and ended up on the Bengals’ practice squad. Cook was active on special teams in 2008, and was rumored to be replacing the ineffective Eric Ghaicuic prior to the Dallas game, but was injured in pregame warmups and eventually scratched for the year.
In 2009, Cook stated all 16 games at center for the Bengals, earning praise for his smarts and run-blocking strength.
UPDATE: in other news today, LB Rashad Jeanty will be back for at least one more year. A tough, physical player who is best in a run-stuffing role, Jeanty is a key backup and his return is good news.