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FOOTBALL NOTES: NFL TO PUT SANDERS DEAL UNDER THE SCOPE
Published October 12, 1995
While giving Deion Sanders permission to play with the Cowboys, the NFL also declared his contract with the team is a "circumvention of the salary cap," according to today's DALLAS MORNING NEWS. The league has asked the Cowboys to restructure the deal "to significantly inflate the relatively minuscule $2.035 million Sanders would charge to their cap his first three seasons with the team." Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones: "There have probably been 50 contracts structured like this. The only thing different about this contract is that it is bigger than any they have seen." At issue are the low base salaries to be paid to Sanders and the fact that the seven-year deal could be voided to five, allowing the Cowboys to spread the signing bonus over more years. NFL Exec VP Harold Henderson: "The CBA is completely undermined if contracts for superstars are structured with artificial, substandard salaries and outsized bonuses." NFLPA General Counsel Richard Berthelsen: "Our agreement specially states that anything permitted by the collective bargaining agreement cannot be considered circumvention." Jones said any dispute on Sanders' contract would be a matter for the NFLPA to pursue (Ed Werder, DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/12).