Cowboys To Ask Allen Hurns To Take Pay Cut

Allen Hurns’ agent Drew Rosenhaus said today that the team hasn’t asked his client to take a pay-cut or restructure his contract yet, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t coming. “It is only a matter of time” and the team does plan to ask him to take a pay cut, a source told Clarence Hill Jr. of The Forth Worth Star-Telegram (Twitter link.)

The Cowboys exercised Hurns’ 2019 option a couple of weeks ago, but apparently don’t actually want to pay him that salary. Hurns signed a two-year, $12MM deal with Dallas last offseason, and is slated to have a cap hit of $6.25MM this year. Given his level of production last season, it’s not surprising that the Cowboys want to reduce that.

With Dez Bryant gone, Hurns was supposed to compete for one of the Cowboys’ top receiving jobs after Dallas signed him away from Jacksonville. But he never showed much chemistry with Dak Prescott, and he quickly got buried on the depth chart after the emergence of rookie Michael Gallup and the trade for Amari Cooper. Hurns caught 20 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns during the regular season.

His season ended with a devastating ankle injury suffered in the first round of the playoffs against the Seahawks. The injury was gruesome, but Hurns is recovering well, and Calvin Watkins of The Athletic tweets that Rosenhaus said he’s hoping to be ready by training camp. With Cole Beasley now gone to the Bills, perhaps Hurns can take on a bigger role next season, assuming the two sides can get his contract sorted out.

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6 comments on “Cowboys To Ask Allen Hurns To Take Pay Cut

  1. TheTruth12

    Hurns should absolutely refuse a pay cut, they have plenty of space and essentially screwed him over by exercising the option when they clearly have no intention of paying him that amount. Go ahead and cut him though Pats will gladly take him.

    • GeauxRangers

      Lol what? He can refuse but that just means he is going to get cut. The pats can have him he isn’t very good and he’s coming off a horrible injury.

    • connfyoozed

      Eh… I don’t blame Hurns if he refuses a pay cut, but I also don’t blame the Cowboys for picking up his option and then making the request. It gives them control in the situation. I’m a firm believer that players should ask for the moon if a team is dumb enough to give it to them, but Hurns didn’t play well last year, is rehabbing a bad injury, and frankly isn’t going to generate a lot of interest from other teams until he’s healthy, if at all. It might be a ruthless move by the Cowboys, but it’s also smart business. Hurns could take a chance now by saying no, but he could just as well take the pay cut and gamble on his proving himself this coming season.

  2. Guest617

    nfl contacts are beyond rigged against the player into accepting whatever terms the team says they want – players union’s been bought/paid

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