David Bakhtiari and Micah Hyde are going to cost the Green Bay Packers a little extra in 2016.
Both third-year players hit escalators in their rookie contracts that bumped their salary for next season from $660,000 to $1.696 million, according to the NFLPA salary database. Both players made $585,000 last season.
The salary jump is triggered by the rookie wage scale that was added in 2011 to the collective bargaining agreement. It allows players drafted from the third to seventh rounds to earn a proven performance escalator if they meet the guidelines. The new salary reflects the estimated low tender that will be given to restricted free agents this spring.
Bakhtiari and Hyde, who are heading into the final year of their rookie contracts, were eligible because they played at least 35 percent of snaps on their side of the ball in two of their first three seasons.
It begins what’s certain to be a significant salary climb for Bakhtiari, who has started 46 of a possible 48 regular-season games at left tackle for the Packers since he was taken in the fourth round of the 2013 NFL draft.
Hyde, a fifth-rounder in 2013, has played in all but one game for the Packers with 169 tackles, five interceptions, three sacks and a forced fumble. He’s also been the team’s primary punt returner for the past two seasons. He played 647 of a possible 1,045 defensive snaps in this year's regular season (61.9 percent) after playing 708 of 1,094 (64.7 percent) a year ago.
Defensive lineman Mike Daniels, who signed a four-year, $41 million extension Dec. 14, was the first Packer to qualify for the bonus last offseason. Center Corey Linsley already has qualified for the escalator in 2017 after starting 29 of 32 regular-season games during his first two NFL seasons, but that won’t be reflected in his contract until next offseason.