Money the reason Mat McBriar is not a Cowboy

OXNARD, Calif. -- Mat McBriar is not a Cowboy because of $300,000.

Philadelphia gave the two-time Pro Bowl punter a $150,000 signing bonus and guaranteed $150,000 of his $875,000 base salary. He can also earn more through incentives.

“He had a real nice workout for us and obviously Mat has done a lot of great things for the Dallas Cowboys with his career here,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “What we wanted out of that situation was a competitive situation and we didn’t want to get into a contract that pretty much had it where he’d be on the roster regardless. And the money got there in terms of how we looked at it, that it was pretty much guaranteeing him a spot on the roster. We wanted it to be a competitive situation.”

McBriar worked out for the Cowboys last Tuesday at Valley Ranch, a day after working out for the Eagles.

McBriar admittedly is not all the way back from a nerve condition that cost him two games last year and required offseason surgery. The Cowboys believe in Chris Jones, who averaged 42.6 yards per punt in McBriar’s absence last year, and also have Delbert Alvarado in camp.

A healthy McBriar is among the best punters in the league and has bailed the team out of trouble on numerous occasions either in pinning opponents deep or getting the defense favorable field position. The Cowboys have to hope that $300,000 does not come back to bite them.