A long playoff run could mean a slight pay bump for Dallas Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott.
According to the Dallas Morning News, NFL players are paid by the league — not the team — in the playoffs. Every player receives a $27,000 check for each round of the playoffs.
For a player like Dez Bryant, who makes $527,411 per week during the regular season, that looks like chump change. But for an NFL rookie who makes $450,000 per season in the regular season, the $27,000 check is actually a $530 pay increase from the $26,470 they make on a weekly basis in the regular season.
Signing bonuses aren’t included in the weekly pay, so technically all of the rookies are making bank by playing in the playoffs. But after Ezekiel Elliott, the fourth overall pick, got a $4.087 million signing bonus to star the season we don’t think he’s too concerned with money.
Prescott only got a $95,848 bonus, for a total compensation of $545,848. So if the Cowboys make a run to the Super Bowl he’d be adding 33 percent to his yearly earnings.
Of course, he’d also set himself up for a nice payday down the line so future playoff paychecks wouldn’t feel like a raise.