It shouldn’t have come as a surprise that the Dallas Cowboys reworked a few contracts this week to move closer to the Salary Cap threshold. Tony Romo, Orlando Scandrick, and Sean Lee (the three players who just reworked their deals) were all operating under shiny new extensions here in 2014. Re-working their deals was planned from the day the original contract was signed.
I mentioned these exact moves back in January as forgone conclusions. It’s not like I predicted lottery numbers or anything – these moves were pretty obvious to most of us.
We can (and will) discuss the intelligence behind a Salary Cap Strategy such as this, but for now let’s just look dealing with this year’s situation. With these three moves the Cowboys are now very close to getting under the salary cap. But more will be needed.
More Moves on the Way
The Cowboys need to clear considerably more cap space if they want to be able to sign any free agents and their draft picks. They can’t avoid free agency altogether since the have more holes on the team than draft picks. They need players and player cost money.
I think everyone can agree Miles Austin will be a designated June cut. We won’t have to wait until June to find out either. The Cowboys can announce this move and file paperwork in advance which would free up money now. Designating Austin would spread his dead money into next year and give the Cowboys more cap space this year.
The Cowboys also took a firmer stance with Ware on Tuesday. They respectfully demanded a pay cut – something Ware hasn’t been very open to in the past. This may turn out to be a game of chicken resulting in Ware’s release. At this point it’s really difficult to speculate so we will be watching it closely these coming days.
Reworking a deal again for Jason Witten is still a possibility too. Like the three players who already reworked their deals, it wouldn’t be a pay cut but rather just moving money. A couple smaller moves here and there could also be done, but in the end, something will need to be done to clear up another $6M or so.
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