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DEION CASE TO BE RULED ON BY FEDERAL JUDGE
Published October 25, 1995
Deion Sanders' contested $35M contract with the Cowboys will now be ruled on by U.S. District Court Judge David Doty, according to Ed Werder of the DALLAS MORNING NEWS. The NFL reportedly told Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones they "would not attempt to take the position" that Sanders can't play against Atlanta this weekend. However, "they did not say for the rest of the year." Werder reports the league has prepared a 12-page brief for Doty in which they contend Jones has spent $64M this season in signing bonuses and base salaries for players while "theoretically restricted" to a $37.1M salary cap. Werder reports the NFL "wants an expedited judgement" and the matter "could be heard this week" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 10/24). In Ft. Worth, Josie Karp writes the league's arguments "stretched beyond one $35 million player to focus on the way the Cowboys -- and presumably other teams -- have used signing bonuses to obtain more flexibility under the salary cap" (FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM, 10/24). In Washington, Dave Sell reports if the league's position is upheld and the Cowboys do not ask Sanders to renegotiate, the Cowboys "would have to rework several contracts or cut players" (WASHINGTON POST, 10/24). Jerry Jones, on the Sanders situation: "Just because we get word from the NFL, we're not going to not line up Deion Sanders on the football field. He's going to walk out there and play. And just because we get word from the NFL that we're over the cap based on those interpretations, we're not going to walk out of here and do any meaningful thing to this roster. So, they obviously aren't too sure where they stand with their interpretations since they're going all over the map here" ("Sports Tonight," CNN, 10/24).