Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Cowboys eye multi-year deal with Tony Fiammetta
By Calvin Watkins
The Cowboys had plans to offer a tender to only one restricted free agent, fullback Tony Fiammetta.
That has now changed according to a source, because the team is now working on a new multi-year contract with Fiammetta.
The Cowboys were expected to give Fiammetta a tender offer of $1.26 million, which would also give the team the right of first refusal. If a team matched the tender, the Cowboys would pick up a fourth-round pick because that's the round Fiammetta was drafted in by Carolina in 2009.
Fiammetta played in 10 games last season, but he was viewed as a valuable asset to the running game. Starting running back DeMarco Murray praised the blocking of Fiammetta during the season.
A health scare cost Fiammetta three games in late November/early December. He was diagnosed with an inner-ear infection. There was some uncertainty about bringing Fiammetta back due to this health issue, but once the Cowboys' medical staff deemed Fiammetta was physically fit to play, the team felt it best to bring him back long-term.