December 9, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Dallas Cowboys free safety Gerald Sensabaugh (43) knocks the ball loose as Cincinnati Bengals tight end Jermaine Gresham (84) tries to hang on at Paul Brown Stadium. Dallas won the game 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboy’s Cap Chaos Continues

Sensabaugh.  Gone.  When I talked about players the Cowboys should release in last week’s article, Sensabaugh hadn’t even entered into my mind.  The Cowboys have now turned what I considered to be a position of want into an absolute position of need.

Sensabaugh may not have been a top tier safety, but he was fairly solid.  The problem now, as I said, is that the Cowboys suddenly HAVE to address the safety position.

The problem with that is….well, we have so many other needs to address.  If Jones and company start focusing on positions where they created a need instead of positions where a need already existed, they will find fans not too happy when we still can’t protect our quarterback next year.

I want to give Dallas the benefit of the doubt at this point.  Maybe they already have a plan.  Maybe they have a handshake deal with our next safety as I write this.  But what effect will it have on the cap?

In last week’s article I discussed that with the massive amount of contracts we are restructuring, we might very well be shooting ourselves in the foot for future seasons.  How will we ever make real progress if we are perpetually struggling to just get down to the cap with the players we already have?

My suggestion would be to get rid of players with large contracts they haven’t quite lived up to.

Miles Austin would be my first example.  Austin had a breakout season in 2009 (part of a season, anyway), and never quite got back to form.  Dallas rewarded him handsomely for what they thought would be consistently high performances.  He never quite got the consistency down, and seems to have spent as much time injured as healthy.

Another candidate would be Felix Jones.  Jones was, at one time, a very good running back.  You could still see flashes of that in his performance last season.  Again, the consistency just isn’t there.  Also, any skills position player (especially running back or receiver) that fails the conditioning test is just not putting everything into their job.  Ultimately, who wants a player in such an important position that is so unmotivated or lazy?

These are just two of the offensive skills players I feel hold more benefit in their release than their play, with the big hits their contracts pose on the salary cap.

Next week we will discuss the defense and offensive line.


Correction: It was brought to my attention by a fellow Landry Hat staff member that Jones is an UFA  and therefore does not cost against the cap for us.  My opinions of him remain the same.

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