Due to the proven performance escalator that was put into the 2011 collective bargaining agreements, players picked in Rounds 3-7 can earn more in the final year of their rookie contracts provided they play in 35 percent of the offensive or defensive snaps in two of their first three seasons or 35 percent of the cumulative snaps in all three seasons.
Williams has played at least 67.9 percent of the snaps in each of his first three seasons; Wilcox has played in at least 45.2 percent, topping out at 94.4 percent of the defensive snaps in 2014.
As a result, Williams and Wilcox will earn base salaries of $1.686 million in 2016, according to the NFL Players Association records. Williams was set to earn a base salary of $707,500 and Wilcox was set to earn $690,000.
Williams and Wilcox were the Cowboys’ third-round picks in 2013.
The Cowboys' final three picks that year -- B.W. Webb, Joseph Randle and Devonte Holloman -- are no longer with the team.
Williams has not missed a game in his career, with 37 starts. He has 133 catches for 2,197 yards and 16 touchdowns in his career. Wilcox has started 32 games in three seasons but lost playing time in 2015 after subpar play and has four career interceptions.