Nov 11, 2012; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones (center) talks with COO/EVP Stephen Jones (left) and EVP Jerry Jones, Jr. (right) prior to playing the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Cowboys defeated the Eagles 38-23. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Still Over Salary Cap

Even with the Cowboys restructuring contacts and cutting players they are still roughly 6 million dollars over the cap.  With the deadline of March 12th, 2013 to be under the cap, Dallas has some more moves to make to beat that deadline.  What happens if they don’t beat the deadline of March 12th?   If a team goes over the salary cap, it must forfeit a contract or restructure contracts to assure the player is under the salary cap.   The punishment is basically left up to the NFL Commissioner and can include a forfeiture of games.

Now Dallas will more than likely be under the cap.  Latest reports are that the Cowboys are looking to restructure more deals namely those of nose tackle Jay Ratliff, guards Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings and cornerback Orlando Scandrick to make more cap room.  The other reports are they have asked linebacker Dan Conner to take a pay cut or be cut.  Fullback Lawrence Vickers name has popped up on some news feeds as being released along with defensive end Marcus Spears.

Getting under the cap is necessary to getting the NFL 2013 season kicked off.  With the Cowboys so salary capped strapped, don’t expect them to make a big push if any at all in the free agency market and this will require the Cowboys to draft smart and for their current needs.

The most important current needs of the Cowboys are to figure out whether or not to extend quarterback Tony Romo or to let him walk in 2014 or even use him as draft bait.   Team needs include offensive line help, defensive line help and at least one good quality safety.

With March 12th looming right around the corner the Cowboys have less than 48 hours to get under the cap and get things together to start the NFL Free Agency Frenzy and get ready for the draft.  In the future, we’ll be able to tell if this was once again Jerry Jones mortgaging the future for the now, or if the Cowboys organization is really going to try to start building a team using draft picks.


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