Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas have both been seeking long-term contracts—so far to no avail—but a report suggests the pair of elite receivers might’ve been running up against a major obstacle.
According to ESPN’s Dan Graziano, “a source close to the situation” said the NFL Players Association is prepared to file collusion charges against the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos if either Bryant and Thomas don’t sign long-term contracts by Wednesday’s deadline.
“The union says it has credible information that the Cowboys and Broncos have had conversations about the negotiations of long-term deals for franchise wide receivers Bryant and Thomas, and the CBA grants the union the right to discovery in the case of a credible collusion claim.”
A player designated with the franchise tag by his respective team during free agency is prohibited from signing a long-term contract until the 2015 season concludes.
Graziano notes the player’s union believes a successful suit would result in treble damages and entitle Bryant and Thomas to more than $48 million—three times the salary of the biggest contract for an NFL receiver (Calvin Johnson).
Without a long-term deal, Bryant and Thomas are each slated to earn approximately $13 million next year.
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