Even though Adam Jones is under suspension without pay, it will be costing the Cowboys a steep price.
The NFL has confirmed that the Cowboys will remit to the league office $20,588 for each game that Jones remains suspended, up to maximum of $200,000 for this suspension — even if the team were to release him today.
As of August 1, clubs are required to pay to the league a portion of the salary forfeited by players who are suspended without pay under the personal conduct, substance abuse, or steroids policy, beginning with a team’s second such suspension of a league year.
Cowboys wide receiver Mike Jefferson was suspended in September for four games under the steroids policy.
When applicable, the club must remit a portion of the player’s salary to the league, capped at between $200,000 and $500,000 per suspension.
And the Cowboys, with Jones’ help, now have made history. They are the first NFL team to be hit under the new policy.