Cowboys have been using strong terms for voiding guaranteed payments

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The Cowboys are expected to include in any final offer to receiver Dez Bryant strong, broad language that would void future fully-guaranteed payments under a wide variety of specific circumstances. The Cowboys are expected to do that with Dez primarily because they’ve done it with other deals in 2015.

Most notably, first-round cornerback Byron Jones, according to multiple sources, agreed to language wiping out all future guarantees not only in the event of a suspension imposed by the league or the team, but if the player is arrested, incarcerated, or even detained by police. Also, any fines under the substance-abuse policy or Personal Conduct Policy would trigger a voiding of the guarantees, as would something as simple as missing a rehab session while injured.

One source told PFT that the Cowboys included similar language in other contracts signed by veteran free agents in 2015. In contrast, undrafted offensive lineman La’el Collins will have his guarantees voided only if he retires or if he’s arrested or charged in connection with the double murder about which he was questioned immediately after the draft.

Even though Bryant hasn’t had any off-field issues in several years, the Cowboys most likely will want the same protection that they got from Jones and others, if a long-term deal is negotiated before Wednesday’s 4:00 p.m. ET deadline. Don’t be surprised if the Cowboys make one last move from their current position on Wednesday, putting in front of Bryant an amount that will be hard for him to reject — and tying any fully-guaranteed money before 2015 to the same kind of language that Jones accepted earlier this year.

47 responses to “Cowboys have been using strong terms for voiding guaranteed payments

  1. All future guarantees voided if he’s DETAINED by the police? Damn that’s pretty harsh. Byron Jones’ agent was crazy for agreeing to a contract like that. Anything could happen in the future.

  2. Sounds like the Cowboys are smart at their contracts. Why wouldn’t you want be protected against 20-something year olds and the millions of dollars they make that you’re restricted to spend because of them?

  3. “Fully Guaranteed payments” that are voidable seems to approach the oxymoronic realm.

    In a sense, the payments are NOT fully guaranteed at all.

    A guarantee is an assurance that a pledge will be fulfilled. And voidable appears to be a term that refers to creating a reason to renege on a pledge.

    So, it’s absolutely fully rock solid guaranteed … unless it’s not.

    #tautology

  4. Dez shoukd totally hold out. The way front offices use the franchise tag now a days is not how it was intended in the initial spirit of the tag.

    If I’m him, I hold out, play 1/2 the season. Dallas tags me again next year I get a 20% raise and I’m making $ 17.64 million in 2016. Then, then next year I’m leaving Dallas just as Tony Romo retires and I’m going to a team that has another pro bowl type qb.

  5. They knew this dude came with possible baggage. If you scared to pay him , then why draft him ?

  6. “In contrast, undrafted offensive lineman La’El Collins will have his guarantees voided only if he retires or if he’s arrested or charged in connection with the double murder about which he was questioned immediately after the draft.”

    So as long is its not an arrest on the FIRST double murder, he still gets paid on the second one, third one, etc ok… Poor Hernandez, didn’t have that language in his contract!

  7. Trade him, he cant even catch the ball in big games, Cowboys should of advanced to the NFC Championship,they would of destroyed Seattle.

    It wasn’t a catch, because DB did not hold onto the ball. Worthy receivers hang onto the ball in big games, deserve big money, the Cowboys can replace Owens Junior, with somebody else, for much less.

    Owner Jones is correct in his examination of DB, trade him for some picks.

    Buffalo him.

  8. Here comes the overreactions from all you weirdos. If he gets “detained” for something under some wierd circumstance trust me the cowboys aren’t going to cut a top 5 reciever. You put that language in there so if there is an issue that’s serious they’ll be able to cut ties easily and void the contract. You people are so predictable. It’s the same as those tools who always say “if you let gay people get married whats next? People will want to marry their dog”. Come on. Show some common sense. Everything’s not as extreme as you think it is. The sky isn’t falling.

  9. I guess you have to read the fine print. Dez has been spectacular for the Cowboys. He should be paid, but I like how the Cowboys have been frugal.

  10. brandonj21 says:
    Jul 15, 2015 1:10 AM
    They knew this dude came with possible baggage. If you scared to pay him , then why draft him ?

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    Why draft him? Because he’s at worst, a top 3 receiver in the NFL. Very simple answer to a question from a very simple person.

  11. As a Cowboys fan, Im hoping Dez doesnt come to terms on long term deal. Would rather have Hardy long term. Also, Fredbeard and Martin contracts will be coming up soon.

  12. kferguson2002 says:
    Jul 15, 2015 12:39 AM
    All future guarantees voided if he’s DETAINED by the police? Damn that’s pretty harsh. Byron Jones’ agent was crazy for agreeing to a contract like that. Anything could happen in the future.

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    ANYTHING! He has to be on his Ps & Qs, even if he pisses somebody off it can be over.

  13. I agree, some of these guys put themselves in very stupid situations during their off time where the voiding of their contract is warranted, but the contract terms described here are just ridiculous; as an agent, I would advise my client NOT to sign.
    Suppose, for example, the Cowboys gave a large garranteed deal to a player and after a few years in they wanted to get out of it. They go to one of the teams security guys( all of which are former cops), they get a friend in uniform to do a traffic stop on the player and tell him to push the players “buttons” causing an argument where arrest is necessary……contract voided!

  14. theashleyguy says:
    Jul 15, 2015 1:27 AM
    So if you are stopped for a traffic violation, the police are detaining you. So that voids your guarantees???

    Thats how we keep em on the cheap in Green Bay

  15. Thing about this is, go look at the pay grade a 1st round draft pick makes, and the pay grade an undrafted player makes. There’s quite a bit of difference there, and it’s no wonder NFL teams want some insurance.

    A lot of this is just due to an increase in players being chuckleheads and doing things that screw themselves and the team both.

    It’s no wonder the NFL is so vehemently against fully guaranteed contracts like MLB has.

  16. So it’s a non-fully guaranteed fully guaranteed arrangement. (Sounds like that Seinfeld episode where he made a car reservation but they didn’t have his car reserved. “But the reservation keeps the car here. That’s why you have the reservation”. “I know why we have reservations”. “I don’t think you do. If you did, I’d have a car”.)

  17. He is not the first Cowboy that had to hold out and sit out games dealing with Cheap owner Jerry Jones. DON’T TRUST THEM DEZ. They are crooks. As soon as you get hurt they will throw you away and it’s “next man up” what ever that means. DEZ has played with no complaints and now he deserves to get paid. Paid without all of this bull in the contract. PERIOD.

  18. I thought these football owners were business men?????.

    They should have been doing this decades ago, why now? If you are going to employ and draft animals………who would complain?

  19. It’s funny cause I haven’t been detained by the police in 20 years. Haven’t even had to talk to one outside being pulled over for speeding twice. It’s not that hard. If these guys have figured that out then it’s a no brainier to sign the contract

  20. What the Cowboys are requiring is what EVERY reputable employer requires of employees. What the poor athlete doesn’t want to suffer any consequences for : drugging, shooting people, beating people ? you make it sound like the cowboys are the bad guys here.

  21. starfan79 says:
    Jul 15, 2015 7:50 AM

    It’s funny cause I haven’t been detained by the police in 20 years. Haven’t even had to talk to one outside being pulled over for speeding twice. It’s not that hard. If these guys have figured that out then it’s a no brainier to sign the contract

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    You’re clearly not a black man driving an expensive car then.

  22. number1hawkfan says:Jul 15, 2015 2:08 AM

    Here comes the overreactions from all you weirdos. If he gets “detained” for something under some wierd circumstance trust me the cowboys aren’t going to cut a top 5 reciever. You put that language in there so if there is an issue that’s serious they’ll be able to cut ties easily and void the contract. You people are so predictable. It’s the same as those tools who always say “if you let gay people get married whats next? People will want to marry their dog”. Come on. Show some common sense. Everything’s not as extreme as you think it is. The sky isn’t falling.

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    Unfortunately, this is the Internet, where every argument is automatically taken to it’s ultimate extreme, and then that is treated as a legitimate concern.

    For example: FBI needs backdoors into every electronic device, beacause without it, terrorists would be blowing up buildings daily and child molesters would be on every street corner. Think of the children! Or whatever I can yell that will pull your heartstrings! And if it doesn’t? Obviously you’re a child molester-in-waiting!

    Or: The Patriots were caught taping from the wrong spot on the sidelines that one time, therefore everything they have ever done and ever will do is now tainted.
    Forever and ever.
    Amen.

  23. All future guarantees voided if he’s DETAINED by the police? Damn that’s pretty harsh. Byron Jones’ agent was crazy for agreeing to a contract like that. Anything could happen in the future.

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    Yeah, that is harsh but I doubt it will be a simple cut bait process by the Cowboys should he get detained. They just want that protection in case they are detained for felony as opposed to unpaid traffic tickets.

  24. Pretty sure I just read someone in here calling Jerry Jones CHEAP. It’s really mind boggling at times how a lot of people have survived in life this long.

  25. Lawyers will argue any technicality. If it actually says “detained” (rather than an ad lib by the source or reporter) then they could void the guarantees via a simple traffic stop or questioning during an investigation. It is not that they would do it, it is that they legally could do it if they wanted to save that money. There are legal definitions for detention and arrest. The simple fix is to modify the contract language to avoid the technical arguments.

  26. Number1hawkfan-

    Here comes the overreactions from all you weirdos. If he gets “detained” for something under some wierd circumstance trust me the cowboys aren’t going to cut a top 5 reciever. You put that language in there so if there is an issue that’s serious they’ll be able to cut ties easily and void the contract. You people are so predictable. It’s the same as those tools who always say “if you let gay people get married whats next? People will want to marry their dog”. Come on. Show some common sense. Everything’s not as extreme as you think it is. The sky isn’t falling.

    You should change your name to naivehawkfan if you don’t think the Cowboys wouldn’t use these ridiculous provisions to void him for underperformance. The word “if” contradicts guarantee. Simple as that.

  27. Being detained by police is definitely too harsh. Any crazy person could make an unfounded accusation and technically lead to voiding his contract.

    I think something along the lines of voiding the guaranteed part of the contract if he’s suspended for 4+ games would be fair.

  28. abanig says:
    Jul 15, 2015 1:07 AM
    The way front offices use the franchise tag now a days is not how it was intended in the initial spirit of the tag.
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    Exactly. The tag value could be moved up to combat this. Maybe average of top 3 at position, or top 2 even.

  29. Sounds like these players should have a union or something to counter these terrible owners and their franchises. Wait… They do…

    NFLPA and NFL CBA already identifies what is acceptable and not acceptable in contract language (you can find it online, look it up). The Cowboys and many other organizations are using language that NFLPA leadership and their lawyers have signed off on.

    If Dez or any other player for that matter doesn’t like the contract language that his union has approved the real answer is simple. Get new leadership in the NFLPA.

    Or Dez, you can keep your nose clean, perform at your craft, and collect checks most fans could only dream of.

  30. number1hawkfan says:
    Jul 15, 2015 2:08 AM
    Here comes the overreactions from all you weirdos. If he gets “detained” for something under some wierd circumstance trust me the cowboys aren’t going to cut a top 5 reciever. You put that language in there so if there is an issue that’s serious they’ll be able to cut ties easily and void the contract. You people are so predictable. It’s the same as those tools who always say “if you let gay people get married whats next? People will want to marry their dog”. Come on. Show some common sense. Everything’s not as extreme as you think it is. The sky isn’t falling.
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    Fine print is fine print. There is no “common sense” when millions are at stake. Try arguing your “point” in front of a judge and you’d be laughed out of court.

  31. Why would the Cowboys need to use such strong language? Do they think Dez would change just because he got paid?

    It’s Dez Bryant!! Does he seem like the kind of guy who would be changed by money?

    Doh!!!

  32. So a player detained by police, but found to have done nothing wrong, can have their entire remaining guarantee forfeited? That sounds like a terrible employer to work for.

  33. It’s no wonder the NFL is so vehemently against fully guaranteed contracts like MLB has. — One of the biggest reasons major league baseball sucks.

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