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Updated: January 31st, 2013 2:42pm
Vikings' Percy Harvin hits escalator, nearly doubling scheduled salary

Vikings' Percy Harvin hits escalator, nearly doubling scheduled salary

by Tom Pelissero
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The plan never has been for Percy Harvin to play out the last year of his rookie deal. But if the Minnesota Vikings can't work out a contract extension with their top receiver, he can make nearly double the expected money in 2013.

Harvin unlocked another $1.45 million in escalators with his performance last season, pushing his 2013 base salary to $2.9 million, according to NFL Players' Association salary data.

The dynamic receiver previously had unlocked $375,000 of the maximum $3.2 million escalator with his performance as a rookie in 2009. He also has a $27,500 workout bonus in 2013, pushing his total take to $2,927,500 before possible incentives.

The Vikings have a history of extending core players' contracts before they enter the last year of their rookie deal, and Harvin privately has made clear since last summer he expects a new deal in the offseason.

He led the Vikings with 62 receptions for 677 yards and scored five touchdowns despite missing the last seven games and the playoff with an ankle injury.

Four others get raises

Cornerback Chris Cook also got a bump in postseason accounting.

He hit the minimum play-time threshold to unlock a one-time roster bonus of $1 million that has been available since his rookie season, a source with access to NFL salary data said.

He also is expected to get a bump in base salary from $575,000 to $630,000 based on new minimum salary requirements dictated by the collective-bargaining agreement.

Cook is now scheduled to make $1.73 million in 2013, with a cap number of $2.305 million.

The other three remaining members of the 2010 draft class -- halfback Toby Gerhart, end Everson Griffen and quarterback Joe Webb -- also got the base salary bump to $630,000.

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