According to reports, two New Orleans Saints players have received salary bumps for the 2016 season due to their snap count participation over the past two years.
Defensive tackle John Jenkins and offensive left tackle Terron Armstead are certainly smiling a bit more on Tuesday, as their base salaries have increased nearly $1 million each. Jenkins and Armstead will both receive salaries of $1.69 million in 2016. Per Over the Cap, Armstead’s previous base salary was $705K while Jenkins’ was $700K.
The pay increase was a product of the NFLPA’s Proven Performance Escalator under the Collective Bargaining Agreement. According to the CBA, this is mandatory for any rookies drafted in the third through seventh rounds. So, Kenny Vaccaro would not be eligible for this type of compensation. As for the criteria, here’s a brief overview:
"An eligible player will qualify for the Proven Performance Escalator in his fourth League Year if: (1) he participated in a minimum of 35% of his Club’s offensive or defensive plays in any two of his previous three regular seasons; or (2) he participated in a “cumulative average” of at least 35% of his Club’s offensive or defensive plays over his previous three regular seasons."
Terron Armstead played in 80.4 percent of the offensive snaps, while John Jenkins played in 49.8 percent of the defensive snaps for 2015.
Both players enter the last year of their contracts after being drafted in 2013, and there’s a good bit of interest for Saints fans to keep an eye on with Terron Armstead. Recently, the Philadelphia Eagles locked up a five-year extension with their franchise offensive tackle Lane Johnson. The deal gave Johnson $35.5 million in guaranteed money, and has an upward max value of $63 million. Needless to say, Armstead could be in for a very large payday as the team’s franchise tackle. He had one of the best seasons of his career in 2015.