Rookie contracts are given to unproven NFL players, but if that young player reaches certain benchmarks built into their contracts, those contracts escalate. Two first-round picks from the 2010 NFL Draft earned these escalators based on their play in 2013: C.J. Spiller and Jerry Hughes.
Per Brian McInyre, Spiller's base salary will increase to $3.499 million in 2014. He was scheduled to make $1.749 million. With the new salary, his cap hit will increase to just under $6 million, including the prorated portion of his signing bonus.
Hughes, drafted in the same first round by the Indianapolis Colts and acquired via trade last May, earned a jump in salary much larger than Spiller's. Scheduled to make $1.095 million in base salary in 2014, Hughes will now draw $3.995 million in salary - a $2.9 million jump - thanks to his 10 sacks, again per McIntyre. That nearly $4 million figure is roughly the same as Hughes' earnings from the first four years of his career combined.