CLEVELAND -- Cleveland Browns defensive end Billy Winn's salary will jump to $1.574 million in 2015, according to NFLPA records. Winn likely can thank a Proven Performance Escalator for mid- to late-round picks entering the fourth year of their rookie deals.
For Winn, whose salary was $570,000 in 2014, playing a large role in Mike Pettine’s defense proved lucrative. Winn recorded 31 tackles, a forced fumble, an interception and two passes defended in 13 games as a key part of the Browns’ rotation. He’s started in 18 of 40 career games.
Draft picks from rounds 3 through 7 of the 2012 draft are eligible for the PPE, which applies if a player logged at least 35 percent of his team’s offensive or defensive snaps in two of his first three years or based on a cumulative average. First- and second-round picks are not eligible for this provision.
Other current Browns – third-round defensive tackle John Hughes, fourth-round wide receiver Travis Benjamin -- did not get the bump, NFLPA records suggest. Their 2015 salaries are listed at $660,000, a standard amount for 2012 rookies drafted in those rounds.