The Cincinnati Bengals are one win away from winning the AFC and making a second consecutive Super Bowl appearance. As exciting as that is, two members of their roster have already won, on the financial side that is.
Proven Performance Escalators, or PPEs, are financial boosts given to rookies who were drafted in the second through seventh rounds and have participated in a substantial number of plays for their teams. According to Over The Cap, Bengals’ wide receiver Tee Higgins and linebacker Logan Wilson will see salary increases in 2023 based on this formula.
Higgins was a second-round pick in 2020 and qualified as a Level-Two PPE. This is given to a player who participates in a minimum of 55% of his team’s offensive or defensive players in each of his first three regular seasons.
In three seasons, Higgins has played no less than 68% of the Bengals’ offensive snaps. As a result, Higgins will see his salary go from $1.7 million next season to $2.8 million.
A Level One PPE is given to a second-round pick if he participates in 60% of his team’s offensive or defensive plays in two out of three of his first three seasons, or if he participates in an average of 60% of their team’s offensive or defensive plays throughout his first three years.
Third through seventh-round draft picks are also awarded Level-One PPEs. This occurs when a player logs 35% of their team’s offensive or defensive plays in two out of three of their first three seasons, or if they participate in an average of 35% of their team’s offensive or defensive plays throughout their first three years.
Wilson was taken in the third round by the Bengals, the same year as Higgins. He played in 43% of the Bengals’ defensive snaps as a rookie and has taken that to 83% and 97% over the last two seasons. Now, Wilson’s salary will elevate from $1.2 million next season to $2.6 million.
It’s a safe bet that Higgins and Wilson want to win a Super Bowl. However, if they don’t, a few extra dollars next year may soften the blow a little.
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