Earlier on day two of the NFL free agency negotiation window, it had been reported that Randy Gregory was set to sign a five-year, $70 million contract that would keep him with the Dallas Cowboys. But not so fast, now it sounds like the Denver Broncos have won over his heart, or probably more accurately, his bank account.
Although it sounds like it’s the same deal he was set to sign with the Cowboys, only now he’s taking it to Denver instead. According to Mike Garafolo, the deal fell apart while negotiating with the Cowboys, in some form or fashion.
Now we know why. According to Ed Werder of ESPN, the Cowboys made the inexplicable choice of trying to alter the contract after it had been agreed to. Obviously, this is a big no-no, so Gregory decided to leave them in the dust.
While on the surface, the year and dollar amounts are the same, it’s quite possible the Broncos included more money up front in the form of guarantees.
What does Randy Gregory’s deal mean for the Dallas Cowboys?
It could be that the Dallas Cowboys have someone else in mind. As we know, as Garafolo mentioned, the deal fell apart.
There are still plenty of pass rushers out there, now the Cowboys will surely be scrambling to find Gregory’s replacement.
Either way, with plenty more decisions to make, we’ll see if there’s any fallout from this sudden change.
This change of heart represents a good reminder in this early negotiation period of free agency. Until Wednesday at 4 PM ET, deals are not official. Which means we could hear of a few other players who end up elsewhere before free agency deals can be officially agreed to.