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Former Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott earns big rewards for stellar rookie season

Dallas Cowboys Dak Prescott
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A breakthrough rookie campaign meant an extra reward for former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott: Some of the top bonus money in the NFL and a near-doubled salary.

The Cowboys quarterback received the second-highest performance-based bonus in the league this year, part of a set of statistics released Thursday by the NFL.

In all, Prescott took home more than $353,544.57 in extra bonuses for his work, leading the Cowboys to an NFC East division title after taking over for the injured Tony Romo.

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That’s a big reward for the fourth-round draft pick, whose rookie deal is believed to pay him $450,000 in base salary. Those bonuses nearly double his pay for the year.

Earlier this month, Cowboys executive Stephen Jones said the team planned to have Prescott as its starter for 12 to 15 years. If that happens, he will likely surpass Hall of Fame quarterbacks Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman in most categories.

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