Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Cole Beasley avoids the tackle of Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall (23) during the game on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

WR Cole Beasley Brings Hope To Disgruntled Fan Base And A Frustrated Tony Romo.

All I have heard coming out of valley ranch is Dallas Cowboys Head Coach Jason Garrett wants Miles Austin in the slot because he is big, physical and they want mismatches. I am not a GM or even a scout, but I pride myself on my player evaluation skills. I have been sticking my neck out all year promoting Cole Beasley in my articles. Is it possible I was right?

A new meaning to R&B was born on Thanksgiving day in 2012. It’s ROMO&Beasley! I don’t wish injury on anyone, but sometimes it comes in the form of a blessing. With the injury to Kevin Ogletree, Beasley came in to this game as the #4 WR. After the Miles Austin injury he became #3. Here is  some food for thought. In 10 starts this season Miles only had 2 games with 7 or more receptions and is averaging 4.9 catches per game. Cole Beasley, in his first semi substantial role, had 7 catches. (keep in mind the hold that  prevented one resulting in a pick, Romo overthrew  him on one, and another time due to pressure, Romo didn’t see he was open in the endzone.) That doesn’t even bring in to consideration that pretty much every time he ran a route he was open.

The trust between Beasley and Romo is obvious. This gives me some hope for the future of the Dallas Cowboys. I just hope Jason Garrett saw what I did and doesn’t put him back on the bench when others become healthy. I look at it this way, cutting Doug Free and Miles Austin before June 1st will free up about 12 mil in cap space. If they wait until the 2013 season it’s an $18 million cap hit. The bottom line?

Tony Romo had his best game of the season putting up 440 yards and 3 TD’s with the so called backups playing along side Dez Bryant. Enough Said!

Once again, the performance Thursday brings Jason Garrets’ credibility in to question. I am also wondering at this point if Jerry Jones is senile. I posted a list below showing the 2013 salaries for some of the core players of the Cowboys. Keep in mind the new contracts recently given to Orlando Scandrick and Gerald Sensabaugh.

How could Jerry Jones possibly say he was pleased with the offensive line following the horrible 7 sack performance against Cleveland? Senility is the only reasonable explanation.

  • Doug Free: $11,175,000
  • Brandon Carr: $16,300,000
  • Miles Austin: $6,732,000
  • Jay Ratliff: $7,000,000
  • Tony Romo: $16,818,833
  • Demarcus Ware: $12,221,750
  • Jason Witten: $8,000,000
  • Total: $78,246,833

What does this mean? With the Sensabaugh and Scandrick contracts, well over 2/3 of the 2013 salary cap is devoted to only 9 players!

Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is helped off the turf by tackle Doug Free (68) during the game against the Washington Redskins on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. The Redskins beat the Cowboys 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-US PRESSWIRE

As you can clearly see, Dallas Cowboys GM Jerry Jones has gotten himself in to cap hell once again by jumping out there and overpaying sub par players. What this did was force him to restructure several contracts to get under the salary cap in previous seasons. The problem with that is: 2013 is the year it’s time to pay the piper because of all the back loaded contracts. How does he plan to pay 44 other players with less than 1/3 of the cap space? Enough said. Keep in mind, Anthony Spencer, Mike Jenkins and several other players are in contract seasons and are going to want to get paid. The biggest problem with that is, after so many years of bad drafts there is no depth to replace the players JJ can’t afford to pay. He has no choice but to cut bait and release overpaid guys like Free and Austin and let the young guys like Beasley step up. Draft a true LT in the 1st round and move Tyron Smith back to RT which is his natural position. Draft a decent OG and center and find a replacement for Spencer in either the draft or FA because this team will only get worse if he doesn’t. Anyone with a brain can see that the biggest weakness on this team is the offensive line.

Unfortunately, Jerry Jones has himself in so deep, I don’t see it possible to repair the damage to the Dallas Cowboys in one offseason. The best suggestion I can come up with is to fire Jason Garrett and bring in someone who can coach up the players they have and scheme to make up for the weaknesses. Otherwise, it will be another 16 years of mediocrity.

This team needs a West Coast Offense Guru with some fire  and Jon Gruden is waiting for his phone to ring!

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  • boysteamusa

    Cas, your #s are a little off I believe but your assessment of the dilemna we are in is true and not pretty. Based on the figures you presented I total $78,247,583.00. I 100% agree with cutting Free, Miles, and letting others like Felix walk. I’d cut Spears and Coleman as well. Hatcher Im really on the fence about now. JJ is certainly overpaying for subpar performance with a couple of these players. We will need a more durable RB to team with Murray for our RB duo. We will need an O-Line to include a OT and preferably it will be an LT. I like Beasley and Harris alot and I would throw Beasley at teams so much to see if they could defend him it would be sickening. But I still would rather have Dez, T.O. Harris, Beasley, and Holmes on this squad right now. I would love T.O. to show up DeAngelo Hall AGAIN in our next meeting with the Skins. Disgruntled is just one of the words to describe how I as a fan am feeling about the Cowboy organization right now. Majorly disappointed is another although I have many other words that come to mind to include CLUELESS concerning the Trenches.

    • boysteamusa

      you know, thats a lotta loot going to just 9 players. wow you really make the point about the other 44 has gotta be paid as well. Dont they have to pay the practice squad guys as well? With this many people I cant fathom JJ wasting money but he clearly has done so in personnel decisions.

      • Cowgirlcas22

        yes they have to pay the PS but it doesn’t go against the cap only the 53 man roster does

        • boysteamusa

          ok thanks, that pic of Doug Free helping Romo off the ground is starting to be a weekly occurance

    • boysteamusa

      R&B, love the music, would love the combo Romo&Beasley

  • Chris

    after little thinking your reasoning of JJ being senile is right on point. 110% with you on cutting free, i liked his play and effort back when he was a backup trying to earn a spot. Now i wont feel so bad when they cut him because hes paid like a pro bowler but is playing like a 3rd stringer if that. Miles is just injury prone, i like him and would like to keep him but not at his current salary and we all know he would rather go to a diff team than take a paycut. If we could have him at a lower price i would want to keep him as insurance. No doubt that Beasley has inspired some of the fan base with his play yesterday, that left handed grab was amazing. Its time to invest heavily into the offensive line. I mean it only protects the most important person on the field. No more make shift line.

  • Rob Norvell

    Doug Free has no chance of returning. Im not sold on giving up on Miles yet though, and there’s no way Im convinced by one game that Beasley is better than him, even just in the slot. Hes playing like hes got some lingering injury (yes, I know that stories getting old), but if hes done great things before, I believe he can do great things again. Ratliff is one I would consider letting go. He’ll be 32, I believe, and hes can withstand a full yeqars beating any more. He hasnt made many plays for us when he has been in. Id trash the entire Oline except Smith and Costa (not that Costa makes my panties wet, but he played better than everyone else when he actually made the field). If we drafted nothing but offensive and defensive linemen in this draft, it wouldnt hurtmy feelings at all. Hell, maybe Kowalski can do something before the season ends.

    • Cowgirlcas22

      you make some good points. thank you for sharing.

  • wayne t

    Doug Free,Felix,Ogeltree,and maby Ratliff need to go, but not Miles,at least not yet.He is still having a good year and has helped the young recievers out.

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