Nov 28, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware (94) walks on the field during a NFL football game on Thanksgiving against the Oakland Raiders at AT&T Stadium. Dallas beat Oakland 31-24. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Current "Cap Hell" Could Be Good For Them


Nov 18, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on the field before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cowboys Stadium. The Cowboys beat the Browns 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

The Dallas Cowboys current salary cap mess could be good for them in the long run.   That is of course if they learn from what got them there.  Re-signing old players, over-paying free-agents and frankly, Jerry being a little too loyal are all factors that have contributed to this financial disaster.

If Dallas can avoid these mistakes in the future, then this could be worth the current strife.  Besides, it forces them to stay away from high-priced free-agents and look towards the draft and low-cost free-agents to build their team.  This my friends, is a good thing.

You can already see some signs of the Cowboys “getting it”.  In recent years, there would never have been a doubt about the return of a player such as DeMarcus Ware.  This year however, there are some serious rumblings about him not being a Cowboy next year.  And rightfully so.  If he is not interested in taking a pay-cut (which he stated after the season finale), then so long, it’s been fun.  I seem to be one of the few people who believe that Ware should be cut.  It would send a message and it would show that the players produce or they put their house on the market.

Dallas will not have a problem getting under the cap, and if they stop restructuring the wrong players then they will eventually be in good shape. The fact that they do not have 60 million dollars to blow in free agency does not bother me at all.  Would I like them to be 15 million under, without having to restructure?  You better believe I would, but every team restructure deals.  Tony Romo‘s and Sean Lee‘s restructures were built into the original agreement, so I have no issues with those.  The Miles Austins and the DeMarcus Wares from years past are the real causes of some of this. Dallas is learning and it’s about time.

If the Cowboys stay the course and start eliminating these old, expensive players (Ware, Austin, and Witten), then they will be well on their way.

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  • SmartThinking

    Saying the Cowboys’ current $25M cap overage is a good thing for this organization is like saying it’s a good thing that this country currently has 15% unemployed because it makes them humble. In both cases, a self-possessed ego maniac has injected his own misplaced need for power and control over the better needs of the group. Dallas won’t see the light of day on this cap mess for three, maybe four years at best. Monkeying with the system only leads to someone paying more down the line. And in this case, that someone is the Dallas Cowboys football fan.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Until we actually see JJ cutting and not restructuring, then he has learned nothing. IMO, he has not learned anything. The ego maniac believes is smarter than everyone else. That’s why he overpays and plays with the cap every year and drafts the way he does. He thinks he has outsmarted everyone else when picking an unknown player, but all he did was waste a pick.
    Miles has be cut. Ware has to take a major pay reduction or be cut. Cowboys need to make reducing their cap problem a priority and take concrete actions toward resolution every year for the foreseeable future.

  • Scott.

    I and a lot of others have been saying cut ware and move on in damn near every article that mentions ware, so not too sure about you being only person saying he needs to go. A few others is Austin, hatcher and Orton.

  • Jack Farguson

    I’m glad your not running the team, We would be the Browns. If you don’t pay good Players, they end up beating you on a different team. Some loyalty is necessary, so lets don’t blanket those comments!