Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Jason Hatcher (97) reacts after a sack against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Free Agency: This Is How It Should Be

Dec 22, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Dallas Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr (39) celebrates in the final seconds of the fourth quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. The Cowboys won 24-23. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Looking at the low-risk contract given to Henry Melton last night, it’s clear the days of giving blank checks to guys like Brandon Carr and Terrell Owens are behind the Cowboys.  It does them no good anyhow, it just ruins their cap situation.  Teams ALWAYS over-pay free-agents, and frankly it is hardly ever worth it.  The great teams use the draft to get stars and use free-agency to build depth and maybe get a bargain starter or two.

These so-called hard times are going to benefit this team for a long, long time.  Think about it, 6 years ago Jerry would have given a player like Dez Bryant or Tyron Smith an extension as soon as he was allowed.  He is holding off and the cap problems have nothing to do with it.  If he had wanted to re-sign either last year he could have made the room.  He is learning and it is refreshing to see.  The team gains nothing by jumping the gun, and you can bet your house that both of these players will be re-signed before next season.

You can see this team bracing for the future, they did not re-structure Brandon Carr or Jason Witten.  Witten is getting old and Carr somewhat struggled last year.  By not re-structuring these guys, they will make it easier to part ways when the time comes.  Instead, the Cowboys re-structured guys like Orlando Scandrick and Tony Romo, both of which will be here for a few more years.  These were smart moves.

The Cowboys are still bringing in quality players for visits, they have managed, however, to stay diligent and stick to their budget.  If they can stay disciplined in the future then this team is most definitely headed in the right direction.  Keep it up BOYS!

If the rival Redskins want to sign one of our 32 year old cast-a-ways to big money then all the better.

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