NFLPA records indicate that Seattle Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons, running back Marshawn Lynch, and 2010 first-round draft pick Russell Okung have triggered increases to their 2011 base salaries.
Acquired along with a fourth-round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft from the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for defensive end Darryl Tapp, Clemons led the Seahawks with 11 quarterback sacks in 2010.
Originally scheduled to earn $2.3 million, Clemons' performance in 2010 triggered an $800,000 escalator in his contract, boosting his 2011 salary to $3.1 million. Clemons' 2012 base salary, which has up to $2 million in escalation available, is currently unchanged.
The Seahawks traded a 2011 fourth-round pick and conditional draft choice to the Buffalo Bills for Lynch, who led the Seahawks with 573 rushing yards last season.
Lynch was to earn $1.14 million next season, the final season of his rookie contact (2012 voids), but by rushing for 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons in the league, he's added $1 million to this year's base salary, which will now be $2.14 million.
Okung was scheduled to earn $900,000 in fully guaranteed base salary next season. Hampered by a pair of high ankle sprains, Okung started 10 games as a rookie, triggering an easily attainable incentive in his contract that has added $500,000, fully guaranteed, to his base salary.
In addition to his $500K bump in 2011, Okung has added $5 million, fully guaranteed each year, to his 2012 and 2013 base salaries, which are now $6.48M (2012) and $7.06M (2013). Okung's 2014 base salary has increased from $2.64 million to $8.76 million, while his 2015 salary is now $4.8 million, a $1.58 million bump.
Update: Earl Thomas, the 14th overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, earned a $200,000 increase to his 2013 base salary, and a $750,000 increase to his 2014 salary based on his performance, both in terms of playing time and interceptions, as a rookie.
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