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Playing time will help Jonathan Cooper earn more

FRISCO, Texas – The more Jonathan Cooper plays for the Dallas Cowboys in 2017, the more he will make.

Cooper’s one-year deal is worth as much as $2.5 million. He received a $1 million base salary and a $500,000 signing bonus. He will earn $31,250 for every game he is on the 46-man roster, up to $500,000. Because he played in only five games last year, only five of those per-game roster bonuses count against the cap, which means he will have a $1.656 million cap figure.

While this is essentially the same deal defensive tackle Stephen Paea signed with the Cowboys, what could have swayed Cooper’s decision to re-sign with Dallas was $500,000 worth of incentives.

He can earn $250,000 if he plays in 60 percent of the snaps and another $250,000 for 75 percent of the snaps.

If the Cowboys move La'el Collins to right tackle and allow Cooper the chance to be the left guard, then he would likely earn the extra money barring injury.

Here are the 2017 cap figures for the Cowboys’ seven signings:

Terrance Williams - $2.25 million

Nolan Carroll – $2 million

Stephen Paea - $1.906 million

Jonathan Cooper - $1.656 million

Brice Butler - $1.1 million

Damontre Moore - $825,000

Darren McFadden - $695,000

(Note: McFadden signed a minimum-salary benefit contract. He received an $80,000 signing bonus and will earn a $900,000 base salary, but he will count only $695,000 against the cap.)