In May, Dalton signed a one year, $3 million contract with the Cowboys. He is also eligible to receieve an additional $4 million in incentives based on performance and the team’s success. Here is what Dalton is playing for in 2020.
According to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, he listed the incentives for Dalton in the 2020 season. Although Dalton never thought he would have saw the field, he now has the chance to not only lead the Cowboys but earn more money as well.
Dalton’s five incentives are as followed:
- 50 percent regular-season playtime and the Cowboys make the playoffs: $1 million.
- 35 percent regular-season playtime and percent playtime in a wild-card playoff win: $500,000.
- 35 percent regular-season playtime and percent playtime in a divisional playoff win: $500,000.
- 35 percent regular-season playtime and percent playtime in a conference championship win: $750,000.
- 35 percent regular-season playtime and percent playtime in a Super Bowl win: $1.25 million.
What is the Likelyhood that Dalton can reach these?
After Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocated right ankle, that opened the door for Dalton to be the star of Dallas.
As long as Dalton stays healthy throughout the remainder of the year, he should play well over 50 percent of the snaps. In his 10-year career in the NFL, Dalton has only missed nine games due to injury.
The playing time aspect of the incentive should not be a problem for Dalton. However, the postseason success is what remains in question. Although the Cowboys are at the top of the NFC East, they are currently under .500. The only threat to the Cowboys in the division are the Eagles.
Even though the Cowboys lost Prescott for the season, they still remain the favorite to win the division with Dalton under center. According to Football Outsiders, the Cowboys have a 51.1 percent chance of winning the division. As for the Eagles, they only have a 27.1 percent chance.
The playoff success will most likely fall on Dalton and how well he can adjust to the Cowboys offense.
Meanwhile, in his nine year career with the Bengals, he led them to the playoffs five times including a combined record of 70-61-2 as a starter.
Dalton looks to step into the lead role in an extremely talented Cowboys offense.
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