Having started every game as a rookie, Prescott earned an extra $353,544.57 through the NFL’s performance-based pay system that rewards players that outperform their contract via playing time.
Prescott was one of 10 Cowboys to earn more than $100,000 through the program, and wasn’t the only middle- to low-round pick to receive a nice pay day.
Cornerback Anthony Brown, a sixth-round pick, earned an extra $346,198 for playing in every game with nine starts. He earned $584,948 through signing bonus ($134,948) and base salary ($450,000). Maliek Collins, the Cowboys’ third-round pick, earned an extra $205,873 after taking home $881,152 in a signing bonus and $450,000 in base salary.
Tony Romo had a $20.85 million salary-cap figure in 2016 and played in just one series of one game last season. He took home $64.11 through the performance-based pay system.
The money does not count against the salary cap, so no need to worry about the Cowboys losing more space. The league reimburses the Cowboys for the payments.