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Jerry Jones denies collusion with Broncos as NFLPA drops investigation

Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, right, listens to team owner Jerry Jones during the team’s minicamp last month.
Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant, right, listens to team owner Jerry Jones during the team’s minicamp last month. AP

Not only did Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas get new contracts Wednesday, just before the deadline to sign franchise players, but so ends the NFL Players Association’s investigation into collusion charges.

An NFLPA source confirmed it Wednesday.

For what it’s worth, Jerry Jones strongly denied the Cowboys colluded with the Denver Broncos over the contract situations of the teams’ franchise receivers.

“We did not under any type of interpretation,” Jones said in a conference call. “We did not in any way have collusion. I didn’t know until just a second ago watching it on television that the player at Denver had signed. So there was none between the Cowboys and Denver at all.”

The receivers signed similar deals: Bryant’s five-year, $70 million deal with $45 million guaranteed was followed shortly by the Broncos’ announcement of a five-year, $70 million deal for Thomas, with $43.5 million guaranteed.

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