FRISCO, Texas -- Byron Bell could earn an extra $500,000 in playing time incentives if he becomes the Dallas Cowboys' starting right tackle.
The Cowboys signed Bell to a one-year deal last week that included a $250,000 signing bonus and a $1 million base salary. He can earn up to $300,000 in 46-man roster bonuses for the season. If he plays 60 percent of the snaps, he can earn an extra $250,000 and he would get another $250,000 if he plays 75 percent of the snaps. It is the same incentive structure Jonathan Cooper received.
Bell can earn an extra $450,000 in weight clauses as well, bringing the max value of his one year deal $2.5 million.
Bell missed last season with the Tennessee Titans with a dislocated ankle. The Titans listed Bell at 6-foot-5, 340 pounds. Emmett Cleary was the heaviest Cowboys offensive lineman a year ago, listed at 324 pounds. Tyron Smith was listed at 320 pounds.
Bell will have a chance to compete for the right tackle spot with Chaz Green with Doug Free's impending retirement. Bell has started 72 games in his career and has experience at left and right tackle as well as guard.