Written by theMBIIIeffect
Aside from Miles Austin and Gerald Sensabaugh, the Cowboys won’t be too busy working on big-money deals for players on their current roster this spring.
Sometimes, it’s better for the team when these deals don’t get done.
Think back to last spring and a Cowboys player who didn’t get the big contract he wanted.
Think about Chris Canty.
Check out this season’s numbers for Canty, the former Cowboys defensive end that the Giants signed on a 6-year, $42 million contract.
Now, check out the numbers for his replacement, Igor Olshansky. The Cowboys signed him on a 4-year deal worth $18 million dollars.
Yes, Canty had injury problems that limited his efficiency this year. He’s a great athlete and when he’s healthy, he’s going to help the Giants’ already deep defensive line. The only question is whether or not he’ll live up to his contract. Fair play to Canty for getting that deal done, but he might find himself stuck behind the likes of Osi Umeniyora, Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka for a while. Having Canty on the roster might eventually hurt the Giants more than it helps them when considering the depth at that position.
But let’s think about how this trade in personnel affected the Cowboys. Did the Cowboys experience a huge drop-off with Olshansky?
Did letting Canty walk give the Cowboys a lot more cap space?
Would keeping Canty have created more problems in getting DeMarcus Ware a new contract?
There’s plenty that Canty did for the Cowboys during his time in Dallas. But Olshansky came in and did the same right away. This was a smart piece of business from Jerry Jones and Wade Phillips, who coached Olshansky during his time as the defensive coordinator of the Chargers.