Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy played just 39 snaps in a relief role in three games during 2012, but his playing time and performance from his first two seasons in the NFL have increased his 2013 base salary from the league minimum to $2.325 million, according to the NFLPA's base salary database.
McCoy, a 2010 third-round pick out of Texas, started 21 games over his first two seasons in the NFL, completing 400 of 685 pass attempts for 4,309 yards with 20 touchdowns and 20 interceptions. McCoy's base salary was escalated by $1.5 million when he played in 47.18 percent of the Browns' offensive snaps as a rookie. McCoy added another $250,000 to his 2013 salary when he took 82.41 percent of the snaps and reached certain performance incentives in 2011. (An additional increase of $55,000 - which would raise McCoy's salary to $2.38 million - is expected to take place as the playing-time/performance increases were applied to a league minimum $575,000 base salary that the 2011 collective bargaining agreement increased to $630,000 for players with three accrued seasons.)
McCoy earned the league minimum $540,000 while completing nine of his 17 pass attempts for 79 yards and a touchdown in 2012. McCoy is expected to be a part of a competition, along with 2012 first-round pick Brandon Weeden, for the Browns' starting job.
John Abraham, Michael Turner earn seven-figure base salary increases
Atlanta Falcons defensive end John Abraham will see his 2013 base salary increase by $1 million after reaching playing-time and performance incentives in 2012, the first season of a three-year contract that had a base value of $17.5 million, but could have increased to as much as $21 million. The 34-year-old Abraham missed out on the Pro Bowl but played in 71.62 percent of the Falcons' defensive snaps and had a team-high 10 sacks in 2012, increasing his base salary from $3.25 million to $4.25 million for the 2013 season.
Falcons running back Michael Turner was scheduled to earn $5.5 million in base salary in 2013, the final season of a six-year, $34.5 million contract he signed on March 3, 2008. Turner's contract had a maximum value of $36 million, a figure Turner nearly reached as his performances will add $1.4 million to his 2013 salary, which is now at $6.9 million. With Turner turning 31 in February, his large salary and cap number ($8.9 million) could make him a prime candidate for release this offseason.
Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller triggered escalators in his rookie contract that will more than double his 2013 base salary. Originally scheduled to earn $1,300,834 in 2013, Spiller escalated his contract by $1.3225 million and will now earn $2,623,334 next season. Bills center Eric Wood, a 2009 first-round pick, will see his salary increase from $925,000 to $2.3 million in 2013.
Denver Broncos outside linebacker Wesley Woodyard had a breakout season, leading the team with 114 tackles, tying for the team lead with three interceptions and notching 5.5 sacks. Woodyard played in over 81 percent of the Broncos' defensive snaps, triggering a $1 million escalator to his 2013 salary, which now stands at $3 million.
Seattle Seahawks guard Paul McQuistan will also receive a $1 million raise for 2013. Originally scheduled to earn $2 million in 2013, the second season of a two-year, $4 million contract that was signed on March 19, 2012, McQuistan played in over 97 percent of the Seahawks' offensive snaps last season, triggering a $1 million incentive in 2012 and increasing his base salary in 2013.
Other 2013 base salary increases
The NFLPA base salary database is not 100 percent up-to-date, so more players will be added in the coming weeks. Most of the increases will involve 2010 draft picks who, like McCoy, reached playing-time and performance incentives that will increase their 2013 base salary to the low restricted free agent tender, which is worth a non-guaranteed $1.323 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: Corey Peters, DT - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Atlanta Falcons: Asante Samuel, CB - $3 million to $3.2 million
Baltimore Ravens: Michael Oher, OT - $3.085 million to $3.785 million
Buffalo Bills: Arthur Moats, LB - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Buffalo Bills: George Wilson, S - $2.45 million to $2.9 million
Carolina Panthers: Garry Williams, G - $900,000 to $1.025 million
Chicago Bears: Robbie Gould, K - $2.325 million to $2.425 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: Domata Peko, DT - $3.7 million to $3.9 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 $1,846,250
Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford, QB - $12 million to $12.5 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
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: Tony Moeaki, TE - $630,000 to $1.323 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: 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: 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: Jared Veldheer, OT - $630,000 to $1.323 million
Philadelphia Eagles: Jeremy Maclin, WR - $2.853 million to $3.203 million
San Diego Chargers: Cam Thomas, NT - $630,000 to $1.323 million
San Francisco 49ers: Donte Whitner, S - $3.75 million to $3.85 million
Seattle Seahawks: Red Bryant, DE - $6.5 million to $6.6 million
Seattle Seahawks: Earl Thomas, S - $1.575 million to $2.05 million
Seattle Seahawks: Max Unger, OC - $4 million to $4.9 million
St. Louis Rams: Eugene Sims, DE - $630,000 to $1,201,021
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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