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.