NFLPA To Pursue Collusion If Bryant, Thomas Don’t Sign By Wednesday
The NFL Players Association will go ahead with collusion charges against the clubs of Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas if they aren’t signed a long-term contract by their respective clubs before Wednesday’s deadline for franchise players, according to ESPN. Both players are seeking long-term contracts to no avail.
The NFLPA informed two clubs, the Dallas Cowboys and the Denver Broncos, the requirement of preserving all documents including email, phone calls, text and records of any other mode of communication between the two teams.
The Union said it has authentic information about the conversations of two clubs over a long-term deal of wide receivers Bryant and Thomas. The CBA grants the union the right to discovery in the case of a credible collusion claim.
Cowboys executive vice president/COO Stephen Jones had a conversation with Broncos GM John Elway about the negotiations, which is prevented by the collusion clause of CBA.
Cowboys’ management declined to comment on the issue.
If Thomas or Bryant doesn’t sign by Wednesday, the union would proceed with the charges. The Union believes that success would result in damages. This would entitle a player in question thrice the market value of the highest-played positional player.
Calvin Johnson of Detroit Lions, whose market price is $16.2 million per year, is currently the NFL’s highest-paid wide receiver.