Will Roster Management 'Ripple Effects' Continue To Plague the Cowboys?

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  • Joel Dreessen (3yr /$8.5 mil) and Jacob Tamme (3 yr / $9 mil) Sign with Denver Broncos

Who knows if Dallas was even considering these guys at TE, or if they would have excelled in their system.  I doubt the money needed would match the empty spot they would be asked to fill.  I’m not suggesting they should have tried for either, even though both guys will be structured at around $2.5 mil cap hit each for 2012.  But the constant reminder here is skilled tight ends come and go and Dallas continues to be void at the tight end position Martellus Bennett vacated.

A very strong blocking tight end is not on the roster yet and very essential to the run game in double-tight sets.  Maybe the draft will solve that issue (compensatory 4th round pick received helps this task greatly), but how many solid immediate contributors are the Cowboys seeking to gain through draft picks?  It’s seems a daunting number when scanning the free agent signings, and if 4 or above is expected it becomes highly unlikely.  Just being aware of the limitations on solid immediate contributors one team can reasonably expect to find in a single outstanding draft should bring us all back to reality.

  • Jeff Saturday Signs with Green Bay for 2 years / $7.75 mil (2012 cap hit should be around $3 mil)
  • Samson Satele Signs with Indianapolis for 3 years / $10.8 mil / $5 mil guaranteed (2012 cap hit is $1.77 mil)

These last items truly hit several nerves at the very core.  Did I really just read Dallas could have gotten either of these guys to seriously upgrade on Phil Costa for a mere $3 mil or less cap hit in 2012?  In Satele’s case it was under $2 mil.  And also the guaranteed money on either deal wouldn’t have caused uncontrollable damage if Dallas had to cut the player after one season.

These articles are a prime example of two high-quality general managers making solid moves at a position they realize is imperative to success.  Green Bay lost a strong starter in center Scott Wells and smartly added Jeff Saturday to not miss a beat.  Indianapolis lost Saturday at center, and signed Samson Satele to capably fill his shoes.

Both of these deals were completely within reason for the Cowboys to pursue and made all the sense in the world to strengthen the guts of the line.  Similar sentiments on the center fiasco in Dallas were recently vocalized by Nate Newton on the Coop and Nate radio show on 103.3FM.

Jan 28, 1996; Tempe, AZ, USA; FILE PHOTO; Dallas Cowboys guard Nate Newton (61) in action against the Pittsburgh Steelers during Super Bowl XXX at Sun Devil Stadium. Dallas defeated Pittsburgh 27-17. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-US PRESSWIRE

“When I keep seeing that we’re ignoring center for some reason, I think if you’ve got the tip of the bullet, that’s the center, that’s your strongest point.  Then you can go out and find guards…Each year there is an abundance of guys at guard.”

“I will say this, guard versus getting you a quality center, I say put those two guys (Livings, Bernadeau) together and go out and get you a quality center…If he can’t block nobody, he can call defenses, and when the quarterback comes up to the line and changes the protection he can tell you who the one and two reads are.  These guys are smart enough to direct the offensive line.  Kyle Kosier from his right guard position was directing the offensive line, and that’s not right.”

— Former Cowboys All-Pro Guard Nate Netwon

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