July 2015

The Dallas Cowboys settled the contract saga surrounding star receiver Dez Bryant on Wednesday after agreeing a long-term deal worth a reported $70 million over five years. The Cowboys and Bryant inked the deal shortly before the expiration of a deadline for franchise-tagged players to negotiate a multi-year contract. The National Football League powerhouse signalled the deal in a series of posts on Twitter, showing pictures of Bryant putting pen to paper before posing with the contract alongside Cowboys executive Charlotte Anderson, the daughter of owner Jerry Jones.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- A person close to the negotiations says defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul did not get a new long-term contract deal from the New York Giants ahead of a deadline for players who have franchise tags.
It wasn't really collusion , but Demaryius Thomas needed Dez Bryant to set the market so he could get his own deal. Less than an hour after reports came out that Bryant agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys, news broke that Thomas got his own deal with the Broncos. For five years and $70 million, of course. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the deal was for $43.5 million guaranteed. Bryant got $45 million guaranteed. The Denver Post's Troy Renck said the deal has $35 million fully guaranteed over the first two years. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football: Sign up and join a league today!l ] It makes sense the deals were almost identical, because Thomas and Bryant are very similar talents, going back to when they were drafted just a few picks apart in the 2010 NFL draft. Thomas has at least 90 catches, 1,400 yards and 10 touchdowns in each of his last three seasons. He has benefited from playing with quarterback Peyton Manning, but Manning has certainly benefited from having Thomas as his No. 1 receiver as well. The only franchise-tagged player who didn't get a multi-year contract on Wednesday, which was the deadline to sign tagged-players to a long-term deal, was New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, but that wasn't unexpected. Pierre-Paul's situation became very complicated after he injured his hand in a fireworks accident on July 4. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) -- The New York Giants have added depth at the safety position, signing veteran Jeromy Miles.
The Chiefs and Justin Houston agreed to a six-year, $101 million contract just hours before the Wednesday afternoon deadline for a long-term deal, the culmination of long negotiation that made the All-Pro the highest-paid linebacker in NFL history. ''In situations like this, you have to have a degree of patience,'' Chiefs general manager John Dorsey said. The sides had been trying to work out a contract to keep Houston in Kansas City since last offseason, but had made little progress.
Buffalo Bills offensive line coach Aaron Kromer was placed on indefinite paid administrative leave Tuesday after his weekend arrest for allegedly punching a boy and threatening to kill his family in Florida. Kromer was arrested by sheriffs on a misdemeanor battery charge in Walton County, Fla., last weekend. In a statement issued Sunday, the Walton County Sheriff's office said Kromer and son Zachary were fishing on Saturday when they confronted three boys over beach chairs.
New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul was discharged from hospital Tuesday after having his right index finger amputated following a fireworks accident that has jeopardized his NFL career. Pierre-Paul was hurt by firecrackers on July 4 celebrating the US Independence Day at his Miami-area home.
I understand Dez Bryant's threats, and I'd do the same. Bryant, the Dallas Cowboys' star receiver who was given the $12.8 million franchise tag, reiterated on Monday that he would sit out of training camp and maybe even regular-season games if he doesn't get a long-term deal. That's the only leverage he has left, and he has to use it. The deadline for a long-term deal is Wednesday. There are four franchise-tagged players who haven't signed, and they're all under the same deadline. If Wednesday passes with no deal, by rule they have to play 2015 under the franchise tag. That's the problem. A holdout does him no good because the Cowboys can't give him a new deal during the season no matter what. That's the rule. Maybe sitting out training camp and avoiding more injury risk makes some sense. Bryant will do just fine without camp practices and preseason games. But missing regular-season games won't accomplish much. All he would be doing is missing out on about $752,000 per game. That's an expensive stand to take, with no real benefit. Would sitting out games cause the Cowboys to not franchise tag him again next year? That seems unlikely. Bryant could report after 10 weeks (you may remember then-San Diego Chargers receiver Vincent Jackson doing that under his restricted free agent tag in 2010), but that probably wouldn't help his reputation around the league. Though, we all know, some team would sign him for big money no matter what. And it still might not dissuade the Cowboys from tagging him again. Let's rule out Bryant, who has made about $11.8 million in five years according to Spotrac , sitting out 10 weeks and giving up more than $7.5 million. And let's also rule out him doing something crazy like sitting out the whole year. If Bryant doesn't get that deal by Wednesday's deadline, his best option will be to play. And it's not a bad one. [ Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football is back: Sign up for a league today! ] The new collective-bargaining agreement makes it very tough for teams to tag a player three times. If you go to page 45 of the CBA ( the 60th page of the PDF online ), it outlines the rule, which is basically that the third tag the Cowboys give him would be at the quarterback level, which was more than $18 million this year. That won't happen. So if Bryant decides to play it out for two years, he'd collect about $26 million and hit free agency at age 28. That's not the solution he wants because it clearly comes with some risk. But that ideal option doesn't exist if Wednesday passes without a deal.
Dallas Cowboys star receiver Dez Bryant warned Monday that he is willing to miss upcoming season games unless he is awarded a lucrative new multi-year NFL contract. Bryant, who led the NFL with 16 touchdown catches last season as Dallas went 12-4, has a one-year franchise player designation for next season that will pay him $12.8 million. Bryant wants a new contract worth $100 million over seven or eight years by Wednesday's deadline for franchise players to ink long-term deals or he threatens to skip pre-season training camp and miss regular-season games.
It's hard to believe Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant would turn down more than $12.8 million in salary this year as a protest aganst the franchise tag, but he continues to dig in. ESPN's Ed Werder reported that Bryant "personally informed" Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones that if a long-term deal isn't reached by Wednesday he'll sit out training camp and regular-season games. Wednesday is the deadline for any franchise-tagged player to sign a long-term deal, or those players have to play for the franchise tender in 2015. Bryant, Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas, New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and Kansas City Chiefs outside linebacker Justin Houston are the four franchise-tagged players who haven't signed their tender offers. A couple hours after the original report, Werder tweeted that Jones denied Bryant ever made any threats about missing games to him. But Bryant himself confirmed the basics, that he won't show up without a long-term deal: As much as I love football...on my beautiful babies.. I apologize #cowboynation but I will not be there if no deal #fact — Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) July 13, 2015 Werder reports that Bryant's camp and the Cowboys exchanged proposals just once, before the July 4 holiday weekend. That doesn't indicate a long-term deal is close. Bryant's threat seems empty, considering that after Wednesday nothing could be done anyway. All Bryant would do by sitting out regular-season games would be to give up $752,000 each game, according to Werder's report. And Werder's report said Bryant threatened to sit out not just one game but "games." But Bryant's options dry up after Wednesday; it's either play or not get paid. That's the reason to remind the Cowboys of his threat to sit out. Bryant wants to be paid in line with the top receivers in the game, and that's fair. He has double-digit touchdowns each of the last three seasons, topping out with 16 last season as the Cowboys won the NFC East. Once the Cowboys didn't sign free agent running back DeMarco Murray it seemed that Bryant would be the one to get the mega-deal, but that hasn't happened. It should be an interesting couple days around the Cowboys — and with the other three franchised players looking for long-term deals and their teams — to see if a long-term deal can be worked out with Bryant. It might get much more interesting around Valley Ranch if it doesn't get done and if Bryant follows through on his threat. - - - - - - - Frank Schwab is the editor of Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at shutdown.corner@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YahooSchwab

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