Running back LaMont Jordan has some added incentive to have a big year for the Patriots.
As part of the one-year contract he signed with the club on July 26, Jordan is slated to earn a base salary of $850,000. There is no signing bonus as part of the deal, but Jordan can earn up to $1.15 million in performance-based incentives.
That is one of the highest incentive figures for any player on the team.
Jordan received the bulk of the work at running back in the Patriots' preseason opener last Thursday against the Ravens. He played deep into the fourth quarter and finished with 76 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown.
After the game, Jordan talked about his motivation in joining the Patriots (to come to a winning organization), and how he felt like a rookie all over again in having to prove himself during "opportunity" periods in practice with younger players. For a player who was a top free-agent signee with the Raiders in 2005, Jordan seems to be embracing his climb-back-to-the-top type of situation.