Rodgers' cap number grows with pay bump

Atlanta Falcons running back Jacquizz Rodgers was supposed to count $692,750 against the 2014 salary cap. Now, his cap number has grown to $1,436,750.

Rodgers was one of a handful of players from the 2011 draft class who were awarded with the Proven Performance Escalator, according to the NFLPA records. Players qualify for this increase in Year 4 of their contracts if they participate in a minimum of 35 percent of their club’s offensive or defensive plays in two of his first three regular seasons or a cumulative average of at least 35 percent of the plays over all three seasons.

Rodgers, a former fifth-round pick from Oregon State, saw his base salary grow from $645,000 to $1.389 million. The cap number factors in prorated signing bonus.

Now, the Falcons are one of seven teams with three running backs with cap numbers exceeding $1 million in ’14 with Rodgers, Steven Jackson ($4,166,666) and Jason Snelling ($1,733, 334). But remember, Rodgers' value extends beyond what he does in the backfield. He is the team’s kick returner and compiled a team-leading 1,248 all-purpose yards this past season.

The Falcons’ cap situation is sure to fluctuate from now until the start of the new league year (March 11) based on cuts, extensions, and possible re-signings and restructurings. Players typically don’t get released until after the Super Bowl and there is no immediate rush for teams to re-sign their own free agents.

Here are the cap numbers for the players under contract for 2014, with Rodgers’ figure updated and then retiring Tony Gonzalez ($8.75 million) omitted.


Matt Ryan $17,500,000

Dominique Davis $570,668

Sean Renfree $506,474

Running backs

Steven Jackson $4,166,666

Jason Snelling $1,733,334

Jacquizz Rodgers $1,436,750

Antone Smith $762,500

Josh Vaughan $645,000

Bradie Ewing $616,048

Patrick DiMarco $570,00

Wide receivers

Roddy White $6,325,000

Julio Jones $5,149,375

Harry Douglas $3,645,833

Darius Johnson $495,000

Tight ends

Levine Toilolo $570,146

Adam Nissley $496,000

Andrew Szczerba $495,000

Offensive linemen

Justin Blalock $7,660,000

Sam Baker $6,250,000

Garrett Reynolds $1,578,750

Peter Konz $978,709

Lamar Holmes $703,400

Harland Gunn $570,000

Ryan Schraeder $495,666

Terren Jones $495,000

Defensive ends

Osi Umenyiora $4,750,000

Kroy Biermann $3,583,334

Cliff Matthews $656,750

Jonathan Massaquoi $612,215

Malliciah Goodman $594,272

Stansly Maponga $541,685

Defensive tackles

Travian Robertson $581,474

Adam Replogle $420,000


Stephen Nicholas $4,000,000

Sean Weatherspoon $2,670,000

Akeem Dent $860,725

Joplo Bartu $496,666

Paul Worrilow $495,666


Asante Samuel $5,125,000

Desmond Trufant $1,855,931

Robert Alford $773,045


William Moore $5,150,000

Thomas DeCoud $4,800,000

Zeke Motta $506,474

Kemal Ishmael $506,474

Sean Baker $420,000


Matt Bryant $3,312,500

Matt Bosher $668,950

Josh Harris $570,834

*Total for 49 under contract in 2014: $108,367, 314. Projected 2014 cap: $126.3 million.