Mike Garafolo breaks down some changes in salary for some players:
Looking over the contract numbers on the NFLPA web site, I see three players who have received hefty pay raises for the upcoming season, most likely due to their hitting playing time and/or performance escalators in their contract. One of them is TE Kevin Boss, whose base salary jumped from $550k to $1.350 million. This is in addition to the $221k Boss received in performance based pay recently, so that’s a little more than $1m well-deserved extra coin in his pocket. Like Boss, S Michael Johnson went from $550k to $1.350m (in addition to his $235,445 in PBP pay). But unlike Boss, Johnson isn’t a lock to make the team and earn that figure. And DE Mathias Kiwanuka’s 2010 base salary skyrocketed from $726k to $1.776m, so dinner is on him.
First off, good for Kiwanuka. I really like him as a player and a person. His raise is well deserved. I think he’s going to be a huge part of the defense this season. He’ll probably be the 3rd defensive end, but he’ll put up numbers in the rotation. Same goes for Boss. You guys know how big of a fan I am of him. I think the Giants criminally under-utilize him, and their already good offense will benefit greatly from getting him involved. He has weaknesses as a blocker, but as a pass catching, seam stretching tight end, there aren’t many better.
Garafolo makes a good point on Johnson. He may get a raise, but he may not be on the team to get it. With the addition of Deon Grant, here’s the safety depth chart:
And there’s still a possibility that the Giants draft a safety. The Giants broke camp last year with three safeties: Phillips, Johnson, and our old friend, CC Brown. Will they do the same this year? If Phillips is healthy, you bet they will. If not, Michael Johnson has a spot on the team.