October 12, 1995 in Sports

Cowboys Must Renegotiate Sanders’ $35 Million Contract

Compiled From Wire Services

The NFL approved Deion Sanders’ contract with the Dallas Cowboys on Wednesday, but said the contract circumvents the salary cap and must be restructured.

The conditional approval will allow the cornerback to play with the Cowboys as soon as he is healthy. Sanders is recovering from ankle surgery and is not expected to play until Oct. 29 in Atlanta at the earliest.

In the meantime, his $35 million, seven-year deal will have to be redrawn to fit under the salary cap of $37.1 million per team.

Harold Henderson, the NFL’s director of labor relations, said Sanders’ contract was designed to evade the cap by paying him a base salary at the league minimum of $178,000 for the first three years while setting his average salary at $5.5 million.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Dan Marino, who underwent knee surgery on Monday, continues to suffer from a bruised left hip.

Marino had blood drained from his hip and doctors are saying recovery time could take several weeks.

After years of family feuding, linebacker Ken Norton Jr. said he has made up with his father, former heavyweight champion Ken Norton Sr.

The Nortons have never publicly disclosed the reasons for their longtime estrangement.

Uncertain of injured placekicker Morten Andersen’s status for tonight’s game with the St. Louis Rams, the Atlanta Falcons today signed free agent Tony Zendejas.

Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Chad Brown, who blacked out briefly during the second half Sunday at Jacksonville, will undergo precautionary heart tests Friday.

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