McBriar is making that money!
Cowboys give McBriar 5-year deal
Pro Bowl punter cashes in with $2.5 million signing bonus
02:44 PM CST on Wednesday, February 28, 2007
By TODD ARCHER and CALVIN WATKINS / The Dallas Morning News
IRVING – The Cowboys and restricted free agent Mat McBriar agreed to terms Wednesday on a five-year deal with a $2.5 million signing bonus.
McBriar, who reached the Pro Bowl for the first time in his career last season, led the NFL in punting with a 48.2-yard gross average. McBriar also had 22 punts inside the 20 and had a career-best 75-yarder.
McBriar's signing bonus rivals that of other punters across the league.
When Cleveland's Dave Zastudil signed a five-year deal, he was given a $2.1 million signing bonus, and Tampa Bay's Josh Bidwell signed a five-year deal with a $2 million signing bonus.
McBriar is the first of seven restricted free agents the Cowboys have signed. Dallas, however, isn't totally committed to re-signing all of them, but McBriar was the most important one of those restricted.
The Cowboys are also in the process of re-signing some of their unrestricted free agents, including right tackle Marc Colombo and kicker Martin Gramatica.