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Friday, March 21, 2014
How Melton can make $5 million in 2014

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- Henry Melton can earn up to $5 million his first year with the Dallas Cowboys.

How?

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In case you missed it, we detailed the contract on Wednesday night, but there are a few more details now available. Melton received a $1 million signing bonus and will be paid a $1.25 million base salary. He also has weekly roster bonuses of $78,125 maxing out at $1.25 million.

The final $1.5 million is in incentives. He has $750,000 in play-time incentives and $750,000 in sacks.

According to NFL Players Association figures, Melton will receive $250,000 if he plays in 50 percent of the snaps, $500,000 if he plays in 60 percent and $750,000 if he plays in 70 percent.

He will earn $250,000 for six sacks, $500,000 for seven sacks and $750,000 for eight sacks.

So if Melton does something he has yet to do in his career -- play 70 percent of the snaps and get eight sacks -- he will make $5 million.

Melton had a career-high seven sacks in 2011. He has never played 60 percent of the snaps in a season.