The Dallas Cowboys could be facing a fine of $250,000 for having three suspended players. This is based on last year’s club remittance policy. According to last year’s policy, a team having three players suspended would be required to pay a fine of a quarter million dollars. For this year, the league is still formulating the fine schedule.
LB Rolando McClain, Randy Gregory, and DE Demarcus Lawrence are the three players suspended from the team.
McClain has the largest suspension with 10 games to complete. He reportedly violated the policy of substance abuse. He was given 10 days suspension for being a repeating offender having been suspended last year. At that time, he was suspended for four games.
Randy Gregory already had a history of drug abuse, even before being drafted. Surprisingly, he used drugs during the combine, knowing that he would be tested, and test positive.
Damarcus Lawrence is also suspended for four games to a violation to the PED policy. This suspension is a bad situation for the Cowboys since they really had a hard time rushing the passer last year.
The purpose of the remittance club policy is to hold NFL teams accountable for hiring players that violated policies last year. The formula for the fine to the team is the 25% of the total value of the player’s salary.
The policy reads: "When a player is suspended without pay for a violation of the Personal Conduct Policy, Policy and Program on Substances of Abuse or Policy on Performance-Enhancing Substances, the club that employed the player at the time of the violation will be required to remit to the Management Council a portion of the player's salary that is deemed forfeited by virtue of his suspension. The collected funds will be used to support the steroid and drug policies, the Player Care Foundation, and other research and player engagement programs."