According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement with the NFLPA will give Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray will get a pay bump for the 2014 season.
The new CBA has a “proven performance escalator” for players drafted in Rounds 3-7. Picks in the first two rounds and undrafted free agents are not eligible for the escalator.
If a player is on the field for 35 percent of the snaps in any two of his three regular seasons or if he plays in an average of 35 percent of those snaps in three seasons, then the player’s base salary in his fourth year will accelerate to the right of first refusal tender given to restricted free agents.
So instead of making a $755,469 base salary in 2014, Murray will earn a base salary of $1.389 million. When you add in his signing bonus proration and a $25,000 workout bonus, Murray will count $1.554 million against the cap in 2014.
This coming season is actually the final year of Murray’s contract. I would expect the Cowboys to let him play it out and possibly let him hit the free agent market in 2015.