34-year-old MLB Zach Thomas has come to a one-year, $3 million contract agreement with the Dallas Cowboys. The contract, according to the Dallas Morning News and Thomas’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, includes a $1 million signing bonus, $1 million base salary, and $1 million in easily reachable incentives.
Thomas, a native Texan who played collegiate ball for Texas Tech, flew to the NFL Scouting Combine to meet with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones and president Stephen Jones. In Indianapolis he principally agreed on contract terms with the Cowboys and plans to take a physical to finalize the deal Saturday.
Although Thomas played a limited season in 2007 due to suffering two concussions which caused unrelenting migraines, Zach has had an amazing career worth more than a $3 million contract. Obviously he’s pleased about heading to Dallas. According to Yahoo Sports, Rosenhaus is happy for Thomas’ return to Texas where his client preferred to play. Dallas became the right fit as Thomas passed up on contract offers from the New England Patriots and the New Orleans Saints.
Rosenhaus told the Dallas Morning News on Thomas playing for the Cowboys, “He’s going to be freed up to make tackles. He’s not going to have linemen all over him. And Zach’s got more tackles than anyone in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. You don’t want him wasting his time taking on linemen. You want him making plays finishing plays, tackling guys:The Cowboys had a huge advantage. They were so good last year. And they got a great defensive scheme, and Zach really likes Wade Phillips. Zach and Wade were a great fit. They’re both from Texas. Zach being a Dallas Cowboy is very natural.”