A trip to the Pro Bowl was not the only reward Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings received at the end of the 2012 season.
He is also in line for a bump in pay.
NFLPA documents. The clause pushes the total value of his contract to $7,604,495.
The escalator, which was based on playing time, could have wound up costing Jennings money too. The escalator maxed out at $1 million but had he not worked out this past season it could have served as a de-escalator and reduced his 2013 base pay by as much as $1.6 million. As it was, Jennings started 14 games and was on the field for 886 of the defense’s 1,051 snaps (84.3) according to NFL statistics. Coming off his first Pro Bowl, the 29-year-old Jennings now prepares to enter the final year of his contract.
Jennings also has a $250,000 roster bonus and $100,000 workout bonus meaning he can collect $4.6 million in 2013 while carrying a cap number of $5.1 million.
Center Roberto Garza also triggered a playing time escalator in his contract that gives his base pay a bump of $300,000 to $2.05 million. Garza did not miss a single snap on offense. His deal includes a $75,000 workout bonus. Kicker Robbie Gould also triggered an escalator that will increase his base pay by $100,000 to $2.425 million. Both Garza and Gould are entering the final year of their contracts.
Three players from the 2010 draft class have achieved a playing-time incentive that increases their 2013 base salary to the low restricted free agent tender of $1.323 million. Left tackle J’Marcus Webb, safety Major Wright and defensive end Corey Wootton are all getting a raise from $630,000, meaning their pay is more than doubled.