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Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson earns big raise in 2013

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Andre Johnson triggered a $3.3 million escalator (USA Today Sports Images)

Over the last few days, "Shutdown Corner" has reported on some of the base salary increases for the 2013 season. In the first report last Saturday, which was updated on Monday, the highest increase belong to Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy, whose performances during his first two seasons in the NFL added $1.75 million to his 2013 base salary.

Move over, Colt.

According to NFLPA records, Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson triggered a $3.3 million escalator in his contract and is now scheduled to earn $9.5 million in base salary in 2013. Johnson, who turns 32 in July, caught 112 passes for 1,598 yards – both numbers ranked in the Top 5 in the NFL – with four touchdowns in 2012 and was named to the Pro Bowl for the sixth time in his career.

In addition to Johnson, Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Clay Matthews will be on the receiving end of a hefty pay raise in 2013.

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The 2009 first-round pick out of USC was originally scheduled to earn $805,000 in 2013, the final season in Matthews' five-year rookie contract that had a maximum value of $13.275 million. Matthews could have increased his 2013 salary by up to $3.1 million based on his playing-time and nearly reached the maximum amount of salary escalation. Matthews is now slated to make $3.73 million in 2013, coming up $175,000 short after failing to achieve 85 percent playing-time in two of his four seasons in the NFL (2009, 2012).

Also receiving a base salary escalator in excess of $2 million is San Francisco 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown, a 2007 fifth-round pick out of Texas who was a nickel corner when he signed a three-year extension with a base value of $8.2 million midway through the 2009 season. Brown has become a full-time starter for the 49ers and his 2013 base salary, originally scheduled to be $925,000, has increased by $2 million to $2.925 million.

To beef up their secondary last offseason, the Arizona Cardinals signed cornerback William Gay to a two-year, $3.2 million contract that could have increased to over $5 million in value based on Gay's playing time in 2012. According to official playing-time documents, Gay played 1,005 of the Cardinals' 1,080 defensive snaps, triggering a $1.75 million escalator to his 2013 base salary, which now stands at $3.225 million.

Another cornerback earning a seven-figure pay raise is Tim Jennings of the Chicago Bears. Re-signed to a two-year, $6.6 million by the Bears last March, Jennings earned Pro Bowl honors for the first time in his career after leading the NFL with nine interceptions. Jennings' playing-time percentage (84.3 percent) triggered a $1 million escalator in his contract, boosting his 2013 base salary to $4.25 million.

Team-By-Team Base Salary Increases

Arizona Cardinals: William Gay, CB - $1.475 million to $3.225 million
Arizona Cardinals: Andre Roberts, WR - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Arizona Cardinals: O'Brien Schofield, LB - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Arizona Cardinals: Beanie Wells, RB - $1,157,500 to $1,407,500
Arizona Cardinals: Dave Zastudil, P - $975,000 to $1.475 million
Atlanta Falcons: John Abraham, DE - $3.25 million to $4.25 million
Atlanta Falcons: Corey Peters, DT - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Atlanta Falcons: Asante Samuel, CB - $3 million to $3.2 million
Atlanta Falcons: Michael Turner, RB - $5.5 million to $6.9 million
Baltimore Ravens: Corey Graham, CB - $1.8 million to $2.05 million
Baltimore Ravens: Michael Oher, OT - $3.085 million to $3.785 million
Buffalo Bills: Alex Carrington, DE - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Buffalo Bills: Arthur Moats, LB - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Buffalo Bills: C.J. Spiller, RB - $1,300,834 to $2,623,334
Buffalo Bills: George Wilson, S - $2.45 million to $2.9 million
Buffalo Bills: Eric Wood, OC - $925,000 to $2.3 million
Carolina Panthers: Thomas Davis, LB - $1 million to $1.5 million
Carolina Panthers: Greg Hardy, DE - $630,000 to $1.35 million
Carolina Panthers: Brandon LaFell, WR - $630,000 to $1.35 million
Carolina Panthers: Garry Williams, G - $900,000 to $1.025 million
Chicago Bears: Roberto Garza, OC - $1.75 million to $2.05 million
Chicago Bears: Robbie Gould, K - $2.325 million to $2.425 million
Chicago Bears: Tim Jennings, CB - $3.25 million to $4.25 million
Chicago Bears: J'Marcus Webb, OT - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Chicago Bears: Corey Wootton, DE - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Chicago Bears: Major Wright, S - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Cincinnati Bengals: Geno Atkins, DT - $630,000 to $1.423 million
Cincinnati Bengals: Domata Peko, DT - $3.7 million to $3.9 million
Cleveland Browns: Shawn Lauvao, G - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Cleveland Browns: Alex Mack, OC - $3.132 million to $3.732 million
Cleveland Browns: Colt McCoy, QB - $630,000 to $2.325 million
Dallas Cowboys: Mackenzy Bernadeau, G - $1.75 million to $2.25 million
Denver Broncos: Champ Bailey, CB - $9 million to $9.5 million
Denver Broncos: Eric Decker, WR - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Denver Broncos: Jacob Tamme, TE - $2.5 million to $2.625 million
Denver Broncos: J.D. Walton, OC - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Detroit Lions: Brandon Pettigrew, TE - $1,146,250 to $1,946,250
Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford, QB - $12 million to $12.5 million
Green Bay Packers: Morgan Burnett, S - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Green Bay Packers: Clay Matthews, LB - $1,492,500 to $3.73 million
Green Bay Packers: Marshall Newhouse, OT - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Green Bay Packers: Andrew Quarless, TE - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Green Bay Packers: B.J. Raji, NT - $4.09 million to $4.49 million
Houston Texans: Andre Johnson, WR - $6.2 million to $9.5 million
Indianapolis Colts: Mike McGlynn, G - $1.25 million to $1.5 million
Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyson Alualu, DT - $1,722,500 to $1,822,500
Jacksonville Jaguars: Eugene Monroe, OT - $3.55 million to $3.8 million
Kansas City Chiefs: Jon Asamoah, G - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Kansas City Chiefs: Kendrick Lewis, S - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Kansas City Chiefs: Tony Moeaki, TE - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Miami Dolphins: John Jerry, G - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Miami Dolphins: Reshad Jones, S - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Minnesota Vikings: Percy Harvin, WR - $1.55 million to $2.9 million
New England Patriots: Zoltan Mesko, P - $630,000 to $1.323 million
New England Patriots: Rob Ninkovich, LB - $900,000 to $1.4 million
New Orleans Saints: Jimmy Graham, TE - $630,000 to $1.323 million
New Orleans Saints: Garrett Hartley, K - $734,00 to $2.166 million
New Orleans Saints: Malcolm Jenkins, S - $2.264 million to $2.414 million
New Orleans Saints: Lance Moore, WR - $2.5 million to $2.6 million
New Orleans Saints: Zach Strief, OT - $1.925 million to $2.225 million
New York Giants: David Diehl, OT - $4.1 million to $4.475 million
New York Giants: Hakeem Nicks, WR - $2.425 million to $2.725 million
New York Giants: Chris Snee, G - $6.45 million to $6.7 million
Oakland Raiders: Jacoby Ford, WR - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Oakland Raiders: Jared Veldheer, OT - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Philadelphia Eagles: Jeremy Maclin, WR - $2.853 million to $3.203 million
San Diego Chargers: Donald Butler, LB - $630,000 to $1.323 million
San Diego Chargers: Cam Thomas, NT - $630,000 to $1.323 million
San Francisco 49ers: Tarell Brown, CB - $925,000 to $2.925 million
San Francisco 49ers: Donte Whitner, S - $3.75 million to $3.85 million
St. Louis Rams: Eugene Sims, DE - $630,000 to $1,201,021
Seattle Seahawks: Red Bryant, DE - $6.5 million to $6.6 million
Seattle Seahawks: Kam Chancellor, S - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Seattle Seahawks: Breno Giacomini, OT - $3 million to $3.5 million
Seattle Seahawks: Paul McQuistan, G - $2 million to $3 million
Seattle Seahawks: Earl Thomas, S - $1.575 million to $2.05 million
Seattle Seahawks: Max Unger, OC - $4 million to $4.9 million
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Demar Dotson, OT - $1.5 million to $2 million
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Cody Grimm, S - $630,000 to $1.2 million
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ted Larsen, OC - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Erik Lorig, FB - $630,000 to $1 million
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mike Williams, WR - $630,000 to $1.4 million
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jeremy Zuttah, OC - $3.625 million to $3.875 million
Tennessee Titans: Eugene Amano, OC - $3.685 million to $3.935 million
Tennessee Titans: Alterraun Verner, CB - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Tennessee Titans: Damian Williams, WR - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Washington Redskins: Perry Riley, LB - $630,000 to $1.323 million

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