The NFL's Friday afternoon news dump continues. ESPN's Adam Schefter is reporting the NFLPA is investigating the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos for collusion. The two teams used their franchise tags on wide receivers Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas.
The teams and players have until next Wednesday to work out a long-term deal. After that, they have to wait until the offseason. Bryant and Thomas will eventually sign their franchise tags, but in the meantime, it does not appear they will be getting long-term deals done. Here is what Schefter had to say:
NFLPA is reviewing information to determine whether there was collusion between the Denver Broncos and Dallas Cowboys on the unsettled contractual situations of franchise WRS Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant, per an NFLPA official. The NFLPA believes the Broncos and Cowboys had contact about each players' contract when the collective bargaining agreement prohibits such contact. The NFLPA now is trying to determine if collusion did occur and when to possibly file a claim. The deadline for the WRs to sign long-term deals is Wednesday of next week.
Bryant and Thomas are two of the best wide receivers in the NFL, and I could see them ending up with somewhat similar contracts. They won't be identical, but they will be looking at a whole lot of money. They know they are two of the top receivers in the league, so the idea that the Cowboys and Broncos thought they could figure out a way to save some money is amusing. I do think both could still stick around, but any chance of a hometown discount is probably out the door if the collusion even appears to be true.