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Cowboys safeties Barry Church, J.J. Wilcox earn raises

IRVING, Texas -- By playing in more than 85 percent of the defensive snaps in each of the last two seasons, Dallas Cowboys safety Barry Church has earned a $1 million raise in 2015.

According to NFLPA figures, Church’s base salary for 2015 will be $2.75 million, up from the $1.75 million he was scheduled to earn when he signed a four-year extension with the Cowboys in 2012.

In the regular season, Church led the Cowboys in tackles with 110, according to the coaches' breakdown. He also had two tackles for loss, one quarterback pressure, two interceptions, six pass deflections, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery.

He signed a four-year extension in 2012 after suffering a torn Achilles that could earn him up to $12.4 million and included $3.8 million in guaranteed money.

Church’s running mate at safety, J.J. Wilcox, also earned a raise based on playing time, but it will not kick in until 2016. Under the NFL’s "proven performance escalator," players drafted in Rounds 3-7 since 2012 will receive increases by playing in at least 35 percent of the offensive or defensive snaps in two of their first three seasons.

Wilcox played 45 percent of the snaps as a rookie and 94 percent in 2014.

He is scheduled to make $690,000 in 2016, but that figure will go up to the restricted free agent tender for that year. In 2015, that figure checks in at $1.574 million. Tight end James Hanna, a sixth-round pick in 2012, narrowly missed out on hitting the escalator, playing in 31 percent of the snaps in each of the past two years.