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Cowboys WR Dez Bryant Earns Roster Bonus

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Cowboys WR Dez Bryant Earns Roster Bonus

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant's rookie season is over, but he's done enough to increase his future financial security.

Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reports that Bryant has triggered benchmarks in his contract that has him eligible for a $1 million roster bonus in 2011 and a $1.4 million roster bonus in 2012.

According to a source with knowledge of the contract, Bryant's base salaries from 2011-14 are fully guaranteed. The $1 million roster bonus, which is fully guaranteed and paid out on the 5th day of the 2011 league year, whenever that may be, reduces the guarantee on Bryant's 2014 base salary from $1.78 million to $780,000.

Bryant's 2012 roster bonus, which is actually worth $1.4335 million, voids the remaining $780,000 base salary guarantee in 2014, and reduces the guarantee of Bryant's 2013 base salary from $1.5575 million to $902,000.

The Cowboys also have the option of converting Bryant's $1.4335 million roster bonus in 2012 into a signing bonus.

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