Andy Dalton hasn’t been a terrific playoff quarterback in his NFL profession, but when he can get the Cowboys to the postseason, he’ll a minimum of rake in a hefty bonus.
Labored into Dalton’s one-year contract he signed with Dallas (6-9) in Might is a $1 million bonus for making the playoffs. With a purpose to accumulate, Dalton needed to have performed 50 p.c of the snaps within the season — he is carried out that because of Dak Prescott’s season-ending damage in Week 5.
This is what you might want to learn about Dalton’s probabilities of cashing in on these further seven figures.
How the Cowboys win the NFC East in Week 17
Dallas wants two issues to occur to make the playoffs in Week 17. The primary is straightforward: Beat the Giants (5-10) at 1 p.m. ET.
The Cowboys enter Sunday with the identical document because the Washington Soccer Group however dropping out on tiebreaker. If Dallas wins Sunday afternoon, it places the strain on Washington.
Washington performs the Eagles on “Sunday Night time Soccer” to shut out the common season. If the WFT wins, they’re within the playoffs. But when Washington loses and Dallas already gained Sunday afternoon, the Cowboys will head to the postseason because the NFC East champion and No. 4 seed within the NFC.
How Andy Dalton earns contract bonus
Dalton signed with the Cowboys in Might on a one-year contract to again up Dak Prescott. Dalton’s deal is value $3 million assured ($2 million base wage and $1 million signing bonus). The contract consists of one other $4 million in incentives.
The primary incentive could be cashed if Dalton leads the Cowboys to the playoffs Sunday. The requirement was taking part in 50 p.c of the snaps whereas making the postseason, and Sunday can be Dalton’s ninth begin of the yr. So if Dallas does certainly make the playoffs, Dalton will earn one other $1 million.
The remaining $3 million could be earned by wins within the playoff’s first spherical ($500,000), second spherical ($500,000), NFC Championship Sport ($750,000) and Tremendous Bowl ($1.25 million).
Whereas it is unlikely a 7-9 NFC East champ goes on a run to the Tremendous Bowl, Dalton has a minimum of positioned the Cowboys to have an opportunity after taking up for Prescott. Dallas is 4-4 in Dalton’s eight begins coming into Week 17, and he is thrown for 1,926 yards and 14 touchdowns with seven interceptions whereas finishing 65.4 p.c of his passes.