Aside from a brief dance with Nnamdi Asomugha, the Cowboys have been unexpectedly quiet. Despite the lock-out being over for nearly a week, Jerry has not made the splash that many thought was coming. While there is still a great chance that there will be some additions, particularly at safety, the quiet from the Cowboys is almost alarming. Jerry has never been one to exercise patience. And, as safety after safety is removed from the market, some are questioning whether or not Jerry is broke. I know this seems completely ridiculous, but I’d like to suggest that the Cowboys might actually be practicing fiscal prudence.
One byproduct of having an entire off-season in two weeks is that the contracts have been huge. This environment has created $30 million pay days for guys like Roman Harper and Stephen Bowen. And, just because the other lemmings are jumping off the cliff, doesn’t mean the Cowboys should do the same.
Right now, the ‘Boys are in a precarious cap situation, not this year but next year too. They just accepted $20 million of 2012 dead cap money when they cut Davis, Williams, and Barber. In other words, they were just given a reminder on why you can’t give out dumb contracts. Yes, the Cowboys desperately need a safety or two, but what good would it do them to sign a Michael Huff to an oppressive contract that ends up being a problem in a couple of years.
Of course, people may be right and Jerry is having a tough time financially. He just built a gargantuan stadium that is for better or worse the most significant sports stadium ever (at least for now) and it’s expensive to maintain. No doubt, he isn’t as liquid as he was before undertaken the enormous venture.
Honestly, I have no idea. Trying to figure out Jerry is an exercise in futility. But, whatever the case, this current approach is not something we are used to seeing with the Cowboys.
What do you think, reader? Does Jerry have a liquidity problem or is he trying to be wise?