Before Cowboys owner Jerry Jones pulled off the blockbuster deal with the Detroit Lions, he had another deal to make with Roy Williams‘ agents, Ben Dogra and Tom Condon of CAA (Creative Artists Agency).
Jones got the agents on the phone and agreed to the parameters of a five-year contract for Williams, who is headed into the last year of the contract.
The two sides agreed on the average money per year — neither side wanted to comment on the specifics of it — but they did not begin any extensive conversations on how the money is paid out, which is the most critical factor of the deal. So they have an agreement on the deal’s framework, but not the fine points of payouts.
The most important point to both sides is that they know they are connected for five more seasons after this season.
Chances are the deal will rival the ones given to other top-flight wide receivers. Arizona paid wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald $10 million a year; New England paid wide receiver Randy Moss an average of $9 million per year; Dallas paid wide receiver Terrell Owens $9 million a year; Oakland paid wide receiver Javon Walker $9 million a year; and Buffalo paid wide receiver Lee Evans $8.25 million a year, with the chance for him to get it to $9 million a year on incentives.
So Jones made one deal with the Lions, another deal with Dogra and Condon, and he paid a steep price to both for one of the top young wideouts in the game.
It’s a big gamble, but few have gambled as successfully as Jones.