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Four Packers Players Will More than Double Their Salaries in 2019

A host of third-year players around the league earned hefty pay raises for their fourth season thanks to something called the "proven performance escalator."  The four Packers players are Kyler Fackrell, Blake Martinez, Dean Lowry and Antonio Morrison.

Part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, this escalator rewards third-year players drafted in Rounds 3-7 that have exceeded expectations for their draft position as determined by having met either of these two criteria: 

1) The player participated in a minimum of 35% of his team’s offensive or defensive plays for either two of his three seasons.

2) The player participated in a “cumulative average” of at least 35% of the offensive or defensive plays over the course of his first three years. 

The escalator increases the fourth-year compensation to the low RFA tender amount - based on playing time thresholds met during the player’s first three seasons.

The four Packers were each scheduled to make $790,000, the league minimum for third-year players. They will now each make just over $2 million for their fourth year. That is, if they make the team next year or are placed on injured reserve - the money is not guaranteed. As pointed out by ESPN's Rob Demovsky in his detailed article about this, all four of these players will be making more in base salary than Kenny Clark, the Packers first-round pick the same year. Of course, Clarke banked a nice $5 million signing bonus, but it still feels strange...


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Old School's picture

Good to read this. Lots of people like to smear crap on our players for being "just a guy", but you've got to have guys who line up and play week in and week out.

Clark's deal will almost certainly be reworked this season.

I think Brice would be on this list except he's not currently under contract.

egbertsouse's picture

I’m not disputing the fact that they need JAGs to fill out the roster. I just think they need more playmakers sprinkled in among those JAGs. If you have Reggie White on one end you can have a JAG like Gabe Wilkins on the other and still be a great team.

Old School's picture

JAGS don't fill out the roster; JAGs are the bulk of the roster. And a bunch of JAGs, playing together like a team, can win a bunch of games.

Jonathan Spader's picture

How many JAGs did the Patriots have?

Old School's picture

Oh, about 30 or so.

zoellner25's picture

Can't believe I'm saying this, but Kyler Fackrell deserved it. Thumb me down

Skip greenBayless's picture

Zoellner, a thumbs down must be earned. You can't just ask for one. I gave you a thumbs up because Kyler Fackrell does deserve that nice pay raise. Had you said he didn't deserve it than I would have given you a thumbs down. Sorry but I just couldn't do it.


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KamThomps's picture

I agree with you both. He always had potential. I am glad they hung on to him long enough to get a DC who knows how to get the best from him.

I always liked that he and Geronimo Allison had such great outlooks before making the roster. They really believed they would be given a fair chance. I wanted both their faith to be rewarded and for each of them to succeed.

This season, I will get to enjoy seeing them both play in many, many games!

Jersey Al's picture

" a DC who knows how to get the best from him." That was the key. Main reason I so much wanted Pettine back. He's more about scheming to let the players do what they're best at, rather than trying to force them into something else.

PatrickGB's picture

Improvement deserves reward. It’s a great motivator. Clark will get his pay after his next contract. The aforementioned players have probably reached their peak and so they got paid for it.

Packer Fan's picture

For sure for Martinez and Lowry. Both steady, durable players. Fackrell and Morrison not so much. But Fackrell played a lot better than Perry. So yes for him. Cut Morrison and get a better value.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Morrison is a one-down player. For $2.1M, I hope we find someone better to be a backup ILB.

HankScorpio's picture

TFW you get a pay raise that makes you a target for being a cap casualty.

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Yup. Richard Rodgers earned the PPE, and I had a lot to say about cutting him. As a UFA, he got $880K with a $720K cap hit on a qualified contract, but GB couldn't/didn't cut him since there was even less behind RR.

Morrison has a bullseye on him. Lowry, Martinez, and Fackrell should be in good shape.

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