Church, Wilcox to Get Pay Raises

Barry Church and JJ Wilcox anchored the defensive backfield in 2014

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Dallas Cowboys safeties Barry Church and JJ Wilcox have earned themselves raises.

Church’s raise kicks in in 2015, as a result of his playing more than 85 percent of the team’s defensive snaps in 2014. He will have a base salary of $2.75 million next year, rather than the $1.75 million he would’ve made if he would’ve fallen short of that 85 percent mark.

Wilcox won’t see his raise until 2016. As Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas deftly explains, the league’s “proven performance escalator” stipulates that players drafted in rounds three through seven who play 35 percent or more of his team’s offensive or defensive snaps in two of their first three seasons are due a bump in pay in their fourth year.

So Wilcox--who was drafted in the third round last year--was scheduled to earn $690,000 in 2016, but will earn the restricted free agent tender instead, as he played 35 percent of defensive snaps in 2013 and 94 percent in 2014.

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