Holdout running back Tony Dorsett agreed to terms with the Dallas Cowboys yesterday and will join the team at its Thousand Oaks, Calif., training base today, club officials said.
"I think what broke the logjam was that Tony wanted to play football," said Cowboys President Tex Schramm. "He's a football player. And when he saw his teammates playing Saturday night (in an exhibition against Green Bay) and he was not a part of it, he asked himself, 'What am I doing here? I'm a football player. I should be playing.' "
Dorsett, beset by tax problems that have eaten up his paychecks since last fall, reportedly wanted his contract renegotiated similar to one Dallas gave defensive tackle Randy White last year. That contract includes $6.4 million in deferred money and a $1.5 million real estate deal.
"We met for four or five hours (yesterday) with Will Stewart (Dorsett's adviser)," Schramm said last night, "and we were able to structure a five-year agreement that I think will . . . give Tony respect and complete his career and leave football with pride and financial security."
Dorsett has been fined $1,000 a day by the team for absenteeism since July 30 . . .
The Philadelphia Eagles refused to consider offensive tackle Dean Miraldi's offer to report to training if the team would forgive the more than $18,000 in fines against him for holding out.
"We're not going to rescind fines," General Manager Harry Gamble said. "These players know the rules." . . .
The Miami Dolphins have signed Wayne Peace, a record-setting college quarterback at Florida who has had little success as a pro. Peace was released Sunday by the Cincinnati Bengals. Starting quarterback Dan Marino and third-stringer Jim Jensen are Miami holdouts.