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February 18, 1994 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pro football's version of the Hot Stove League begins today--but with a hitch. Twenty-eight NFL teams go shopping as the free-agency period opens. For the first time, however, they do so facing a salary cap. A $33.8-million cap kicks in March 1, and teams will be scurrying in the next few weeks to fill out rosters without breaking the bank. Player contracts expired Thursday, and more than 400 free agents are on the market.
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December 24, 1993 | From Associated Press
Troy Aikman became the richest player in NFL history, agreeing Thursday to a $50 million, eight-year contract with the Dallas Cowboys. Aikman, a 27-year-old quarterback, will receive an $11 million signing bonus and salaries ranging from $1.75 million in 1994 to $7.5 million in 2000. Leigh Steinberg, his agent, said Aikman is the first NFL player signed through the rest of the decade.
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December 23, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Barry Sanders of the Detroit Lions became the highest-paid running back in the NFL on Wednesday by signing a $17.2-million, four-year contract that will pay him an average of $4.3 million per year, agent Lamont Smith said. The deal makes Sanders the league's third-highest-paid player behind San Francisco's Steve Young, who earns a reported $4.9 million per year, and Denver's John Elway, who gets a reported $4.7 million.
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December 23, 1993 | STEVE SPRINGER
Receiver Tim Brown is not the only Raider affected by today's deadline, set by an arbitrator Monday, for adjusting 1993 salaries. Defensive lineman Anthony Smith is hoping to hear something from the Raiders. Fellow defensive lineman Howie Long doesn't expect to hear anything. Smith, whose contract expires after this season, said he would be interested in at least listening to a club proposal. "I'm waiting to hear," Smith said as he went out to practice Wednesday.
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December 21, 1993 | Associated Press
NFL clubs have until Thursday to increase player salaries without the increases counting against the 1994 salary cap, under a ruling handed down Monday by an arbitrator. The deadline, approved by the Player-Club Operations Committee made up of representatives of club ownership and the players' union, was assigned to arbitrator John D. Feerick of the Fordham Law School after a grievance was filed by the Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, among others.
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September 17, 1993 | DANNY ROBBINS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dallas Cowboy running back Emmitt Smith, who held out in an attempt to become the highest-paid player at his position in the NFL, got his wish Thursday, signing a four-year contract worth a reported $13.6 million. Smith's signing, two games into the regular season, breaks an impasse between the two-time NFL rushing champion and Cowboy owner Jerry Jones that had inflamed Dallas players and fans. Without Smith this season, the defending Super Bowl champions are 0-2.
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September 16, 1993 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Robert Young, who thinks he knows best, is determined to prove the Rams wrong this season and then make them pay dearly for a mistake in judgment. Young, the lowest-paid defensive starter on the team, said he requested a new contract from the team in May and then again during training camp. The Rams were not interested in talking with their 24-year-old defensive end. They had him tied up for the 1993 season and were required to pay him only minimum wage for a third-year player--$150,000.
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September 14, 1993 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wide receiver Henry Ellard of the Rams is probably in the final year of his football career, and he doesn't know it. Ellard, one of 33 players in NFL history to have caught more than 500 passes, will earn $850,000 this season. When the season ends, Ellard will become a free agent and, based on the recent off-season's payoffs to free agents with his credentials, he expects to become a millionaire. "No way," said an official from one NFL team. "Salary cap.
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August 11, 1993 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He's back, a little richer, a little poorer, but as confident as ever in the wealth of the talent he possesses. Raider defensive lineman Howie Long ended his 25-day holdout Tuesday after testing the limits of his worth and the value of his loyalty and service in a bid to renegotiate his contract. The result: An adjustment in that contract, but a deduction in his salary to pay a stiff fine for his efforts.
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July 22, 1993 | Associated Press
After some last-minute fine-tuning, Thurman Thomas became the NFL's highest-paid running back, agreeing to a four-year, $13.5-million contract. Thomas' agent, Leigh Steinberg, told the Associated Press of the agreement Wednesday morning. His partner, Jeff Moorad, then called back later in the day to say the contract hadn't been finalized yet. But early in the evening, Steinberg confirmed that he had reached agreement with Buffalo General Manager John Butler.
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