A year ago, the New York Giants saw a number of players trigger escalators in their respective contracts due to solid play. Here at the end of the 2013 regular season? Only one: linebacker Jacquian Williams.
Williams, a sixth-round pick of the Giants in 2011, earned a $744,000 Player Performance Escalator (PPE), reports Over the Cap. The escalator will raise his 2014 salary from $645,000 to $1,389,000 and his 2014 cap hit from $664,670 to $1,408,670.
As described by Over the Cap, players can earn a PPE if they meet the following guidelines:
"The PPE is available to all offensive and defensive players selected between round 3 and 7 of the draft during the 4th year of their contract. If earned this raises the salary of the player to that of the lowest Restricted Free Agent Tender. To earn that escalator a player must play in at least 35% of the snaps in two of his first three seasons or 35% of the total snaps over the three year period."
A year ago, defensive tackle Linval Joseph, wide receiver Hakeem Nicks and offensive lineman David Diehl and Chris Snee all earned contract escalators. Those escalators effectively raised the Giants' 2013 cap number by $980,000. By comparison, Williams' PPE will raise the Giants' 2014 cap number by his escalator amount — $744,000.
27 other teams had players reach numerous escalators, with the Buffalo Bills leading the way, paying out over $7.08M.
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