Cowboys, Irvin finally make deal after day of talks

DALLAS — DALLAS -- Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin signed a three-year contract late last night, and plans to play against the Washington Redskins Monday night.

"Michael and the Cowboys have agreed to terms on a three-year deal," owner Jerry Jones said, "and I am not interested in getting into the numbers involved. We are very happy with what we're getting, and it's great to know he will be on the field Monday night against the Washington Redskins."


Irvin had been seeking a $1.4 million average salary that would make him the second-highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. But Jones had said Wednesday that the Cowboys were not going to change their offer of $1.25 million.

"I don't want to comment on that situation at all," Jones said.


L Said Irvin: "I'm very happy. It was a great deal for myself.

"All I need now is 100 catches," Irvin said.

His contract is believed to include incentive bonuses based on the number of receptions he makes.

Irvin was asked if he could have envisioned himself missing the Redskins game. "Hell, no, are you crazy?" he said. "Do you think I'd miss all that fun?"

Irvin earned a base salary of $300,000 last year, the final year of his original four-year contract with the team. He was able to take advantage of his contract situation by having an outstanding final year, setting team records with 93 catches and 1,523 receiving yards. He also was named the Pro Bowl's Most Valuable Player.