Escalator bumps Woodyard’s 2013 salary from $2M to $3M

Happy Friday, Broncos fans! Interesting post over at the DP regarding Denver's 2012 player salaries from Nick Groke, who writes occasionally for their First-and-Orange blog.

Groke isn't a beat writer or anything, but he's apparently replaced our friend Lindsay Jones as the DP's "football writer who actually cites intelligent sources from around the internet," as evidenced by his prior post which examined Foxball from the vantage of Brian Burke and Keith Goldner of Advanced NFL Stats.

Unfortunately, there appears some incorrect info in today's entry, as Elvis Dumervil is listed as being the team's highest paid player in 2012, at $18.95M. Our guess is Groke got this figure from Spotrac1, but as explained by the commenters on the salary site, Spotrac appeared to have treated Elvis's salary advances as extra bonuses on top of his base figure.

Nothing ever written about Dumervil's contract suggests he has any incentives or escalators, and he certainly doesn't have any roster bonuses or extra guarantees. His 2010 deal is for six years and $61.5M, with $43.156M guaranteed (which has will all have been paid out via a $3M signing bonus and his 2010, 2011, 2012, and 20132 salaries).

Doom's 2012 salary was $14M, and with the $500K annual proration of that $3M signing bonus from 2010, his cap number was $14.5M.

In 2013, he'll be making $12M in guaranteed cash, and with another proration of that initial bonus, his cap number is $12.5M.

Not the most exciting info, to be sure, but just wanted to do our part to set the record straight.

1 Update 9:32am ET - Indeed, Spotrac had the figures on Dumervil wrong, and they have made the proper correction.

2 Update 9:49am ET - We need to correct our own info here as well - Elvis's $12M salary for 2013 is guaranteed, and will conclude the guaranteed portion of his contract.


While scouring Denver's salary figures, we also noticed yesterday that Wesley Woodyard is now scheduled to make $3M rather than the $2M as had been stipulated in the two-year deal he signed prior to last season.

The original terms of Woodyard's deal called for him to earn $1.5M in 2012 and $2M in 2013, but presumably because he played such a large role in the defense, he triggered an escalator which increases his salary by a cool million.

Undoubtedly, Wesley deserves the bump; unfortunately, that would appear to mean Denver has that much less cap space to work with going forward.

Picking up where we left off yesterday, this would mean that if escalators weren't included in John Clayton's $18.5M figure, then the Broncos are down about $3M from that number, and we expect Demaryius Thomas to be playing at a higher salary than his scheduled $836,500.

So instead of $18.5M, it could be that Denver's cap room is somewhere between $13M and $14M. Escalators for Zane Beadles and Chris Harris could drop that number even further.

Again, we'll keep you posted.

Broncos

Von Miller says the next step in his progression as a player is to become more of a leader.

Johns Elway and Fox, and Adam Gase all say they're pleased with the progress in 2012 of Brock Osweiler.

As PFF sees it, Chris Harris was the second best sub in the entire league in 2012.

Jeff Legwold is sticking with his "Denver couldn't run well out of 11 personnel" tune, although it remains unclear how he thinks they should fix that supposed problem. If it's a matter of using more two-back sets, we all know that's not happening. If we want to blame players, then PFF says Dan Koppen, Manny Ramirez, and Chris Kuper fared rather poorly at run blocking in 2012.

News

The NFLPA has not given up the fight to lessen the Ginger Hammer's ridiculous power to unilaterally punish players as judge, jury, executioner, and appellate judge.

Packers WR Donald Driver says he's retiring after 14 seasons, despite rumors the Vikings were interested in signing him.

According to Trent Dilfer, Andy Reid is a big fan of Alex Smith, and could bring him to Kansas City.

Tony Dungy and Herm Edwards think the Rooney Rule is completely broken, while Jim Caldwell says it just needs a tweak or two.

Texans RB Arian Foster is expected to undergo a surgical procedure to correct an irregular heartbeat.

Dan Marino fathered a child with a CBS production assistant a few years ago.

From Bloomberg Businessweek, here's another fine chronicle of the NFL's handling of head injuries. (h/t Jonathan Dunn)

Super Bowl

A Ravens cheerleader says she was left behind for the Super Bowl because she had gained literally a pound or two of weight.

Predictably, Chris Culliver faced an endless barrage of questions yesterday about his anti-gay comments from Wednesday; Seahawks punter Jon Ryan thinks Culliver should be suspended.

Gwen Knapp says the handling of Culliver's comments is just as bad as what he said; Dan Wetzel says attitudes like Culliver's and Manti Te'o's response to Katie Couric about his own sexuality show why it will be hard for a high-profile athlete to come out as gay.

Randy Moss commendably says he doesn't think the NFL is currently ready to accept a gay player, but that it should already be past that point.

A couple of dummies on the Niners completely forgot that they had a part in the team's "It Gets Better" video from last year.

Analysis

Chris Brown explains how he expects the Ravens to try to account for Colin Kaepernick; the digital edition of his excellent book is currently on sale for just $0.99 on Amazon.

Matt Bowen studies the Niners' use of 'waste motion' to open the deep corner and lists the matchups he'll be watching for; Sam Monson examines the matchup between Joe Flacco's deep passing and the Niners secondary.

Ben Muth dissects offensive line play of the two teams, including the Ravens offensive line against Denver; J.J. Cooper discusses the shuffling of Baltimore's line and the recent struggles of Aldon Smith.

Brian Burke's data favors the Niners; Chase Stuart says Jim Harbaugh is more aggressive than brother John on fourth downs; Aaron Schatz says FO's numbers give the 49ers a slight edge; Ashley Fox predicts a Baltimore victory; Benjamin Hoffman thinks the Niners will win; Mike Silver says the Ravens have an 'it' factor on their side.

Bill Barnwell thinks Peyton Manning and Adrian Peterson should split the CPOY award, while he gives Peterson the nod on MVP due to the historic nature of his season.

Mike Tanier presents his case for the potential HOF enshrinement of Cris Carter, Will Shields, and Curley Culp.

By far the best column from the DP today comes via Benjamin Hochman, who discusses the inevitability of a major pro athlete eventaully coming out of the closet, with some important input from Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, who was raised by a lesbian couple and somehow, some way (ZOMG) turned out pretty well.

Doug is IAOFM’s resident newsman and spelling czar. Follow him on Twitter @IAOFM

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