Three Bengals earned contract escalators in 2013

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

At least three Bengals earned contract escalators for 2014 for their performance in 2013.

Most players have escalators written into their contracts, ranging anywhere from playing time to achievements (statistical, awards, and Pro Bowl).

Escalators are a lot like incentives, with the primary difference being how that money is applied. Escalators increase a player's contract for the following season and gives teams a little more control on financial distribution -- for one thing, most escalators are not guaranteed. Incentives force teams to adjust for possible payment because it's tied into that team's salary cap.

A good agent will ask for incentives but teams clearly favor escalators.

According to OverTheCap.com, three Bengals earned escalators this season (it's unknown what they were).

Clint Boling - $744,000
Adam Jones - $500,000
Jermaine Gresham - $500,000

NOTE: More numbers/information could be released soon.

Over 80 players achieved escalators in 2013 in the NFL, raising their salary for the 2014 season. Andre Johnson earned the biggest increase with a $3.5 million escalator. Lions defensive tackle added a $1 million escalator for making the 2014 Pro Bowl.

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