PFT: QB Orton Close to Reaching Contract Escalators

From: ProFootballTalk.com

Bears quarterback Kyle Orton is hoping to earn a playoff berth in the final three games of the season. And he’s also hoping to earn about $1.5 million in contract escalators.

Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports that Orton’s contract is structured to give him a shot at earning four different $375,000 escalators. He’s already achieved one of them, and he has a realistic chance at the other three.

The first escalator is that he gets an extra $375,000 if he plays in 66 percent of the Bears’ offensive plays. He already has that locked up even if he doesn’t play another down.

The other three are all close: He can get escalators of $375,00 if he plays 75 percent of the Bears’ plays and the team makes the playoffs, if he plays 75 percent of the plays and completes 60 percent of his passes (he’s currently at 58.7%) and if he plays 75 percent of the plays and throws 20 touchdown passes (he has 15 so far this season).

Overall, the last three weeks of the season could turn out to be very lucrative for Orton — not just because he could pick up a total of $1.5 million in escalators, but also because he could get himself into good negotiating position to earn a long-term extension after the season.

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