Representatives for nose guard Danny Noonan, the Dallas Cow
DALLAS (AP) _ Representatives for nose guard Danny Noonan, the Dallas Cowboys’ first- round draft pick, have made a counteroffer to the team’s initial deal, days before the NFL team will begin training camp in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Tony Agnone, who is representing the former Nebraska lineman with Tom Condon, said he has mailed a counteroffer to the Cowboys’ initial offer, which was believed to be for $1 million or less for four years.
Last year’s top pick, Mike Sherrard, signed a $1.38 million package for four years after he missed the first two preseason games. The team’s first offer to Sherrard was $865,000 for four years.
″I don’t think you’re seeing anything but ridiculous offers being made right now,″ Agnone said. ″I think the team’s attitudes are, ‘Let’s see if someone blinks.’ Right now, I don’t think anybody’s blinking.″
Cowboys Vice President Joe Bailey said he had made offers to 11 of the Cowboys’ 12 draft choices, but he doesn’t think some agents are inclined to make deals yet.
Last year, none of the top four picks signed until after camp had begun.
″I predicted we wouldn’t have this again this year, but maybe it was wishful thinking. You still get answers from a number of people that they don’t want to do anything until seeing what others do,″ Bailey said. ″It’s kind of up to them as to when they sign.″
Agnone said he thinks Noonan should get compensation similar to Detroit quarterback Chuck Long - four years, $1.75 million - and said last week’s meeting with Bailey was productive.
″Hopefully, we showed we have an understanding of Danny’s role with the team,″ he said. ″We think Danny’s walking into a defensive line where he will be asked to provide immediate help. I think (Bailey) knows that if he wants to make a deal, we’re willing to go ahead.″
The Cowboys have a July 19th starting date, one of the earliest in the league.