Dallas Cowboys: Breaking Bad (Contracts) in 2016

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Aug 29, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett leads the team unto the field prior to the game against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports /

As the Dallas Cowboys embark on their annual offseason player evaluations, some players, whose contracts exceed their performance, will be on the chopping block.

Prematurely breaking bad contracts is an annual tradition in today’s NFL. With knee-jerk reactions, back-loaded deals, non-guaranteed money, and the NFL salary cap limiting spending, breaking bad contracts is prevalent in every franchise – both good teams and bad.

In the coming weeks, the Dallas Cowboys are expected to start making moves on their own players. Some players will be cut, some will be restructured, and some simply will be allowed to exit in free agency. We’ll spend time looking at those players over the next week. For now, Let’s look at four Dallas Cowboys who may be cut this offseason…

As we discussed on Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys do not NEED to cut or restructure players this offseason to stay under the salary cap in 2016. The Cowboys, believe it or not, are in a good place with their salary cap situation and should be somewhat active players in free agency this season

Check out: The Dallas Cowboys 2016 Salary Cap Looks Good

But as we’ve learned over the years, just because a team has the money, doesn’t mean they’re going to spend the money. If a player is vastly overpaid and/or vastly underperforming, a team is likely to look into the financial implications of cutting said player.

Today, using numbers provided by overthecap.com, we look at four players who, if cut, could clear an extra $15.35 million.

Next: We start with the obvious candidate...