When Ravens veteran outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil sacked New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees twice Monday night, it created a $4 million financial windfall for the three-time Pro Bowl pass rusher.
With his 12th sack of the season, Dumervil triggered a $1 million one-time incentive clause for sacks in a single year.
Dumervil's contract has a base value of $26 million that includes a $7.5 million signing bonus and $11 guaranteed. He also hit an escalator clause that raises his base salary by $1 million annually in 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Dumervil now has 22 sacks in 26 career games with the Ravens. With 12.5 sacks this season, he's on pace for a career-high 19 sacks. He needs three more sacks to break Peter Boulware's single-season franchise record of 15 sacks.
His contract is now worth $30 million over five years with a maximum value of $33 million if he hits the 12-sack figure again in 2015.
Dumervil can also earn another $1 million bonus if he records 12 sacks in 2015 or 2016 and the defense improves as a team in points allowed, touchdowns allowed, total defense ranking, average net yards given per run play or pass play, sacks, interceptions or team wins or if Dumervil improves in interceptions, interception return yards, touchdowns on interception returns, fumble recoveries, fumble return yards or touchdowns on a fumble return. It can also be earned with 13 or more sacks.
Dumervil's 2015 and 2016 base salaries have gone up from $4 million to $5 million with salary-cap figures of $7.375 million those years. His 2017 base salary has gone from $5 million to $6 million with a salary-cap figure of $8.375 million.