Cowboys offer up more pay for more play in recent contracts

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys have been judicious with how they have structured their contracts and in their past two free-agent deals, they offered up playing-time incentives to offensive lineman Joe Looney and defensive end Jack Crawford should they play more than expected.

Crawford’s one-year deal is worth a maximum of $1.6 million. In addition to a $240,000 signing bonus and $860,000 base salary, he can earn up to $500,000 in playing-time incentives.

For playing in 55 percent of the snaps, he can earn an extra $125,000. At 65 percent he will earn $250,000, and he can fully cash in with $500,000 for playing 75 percent.

Last year, Crawford played in 46 percent of the snaps.

Looney is expected to replace Mackenzy Bernadeau as the backup center and guard on game day. He received a $100,000 signing bonus and has base salaries of $775,000 and $800,000.

He can earn an extra $750,000 over his two-year deal in playing-time incentives. In 2016, he will earn an extra $100,000 for playing 65 percent of the snaps and $250,000 for playing 85 percent of the snaps. In 2017, he would earn the same money for the same playing time but if he plays in the same percentage in back-to-back years he will earn an extra $700,000.