This brings me to the Cowboy’s personnel moves so far. To get under the cap, the Cowboys were going to have to make some tough decisions. I was ready for that. After all, why not. What have the players, even the good ones, done to make the Cowboys anything but average? Felix Jones, Victor Butler, Mike Jenkins and others were going via free agency. Doug Free, Jay Ratliff and Miles Austin would surely be cut. Free just sucks, and Ratliff may have seen his better days what with his injuries and the switch to a 4-3 and all, and Miles is not worth what we are paying him.
They were also surely going to let Anthony Spencer walk. A cap luxury the Cowboys can’t afford. Besides, because of poor contract planning, have to renegotiate Tony Romo’s contract as it is. Those are givens, right?
Well, in another mixed message to CowboysNation, looks like nothing is a given. Free may still be a designated June 1st cut, but it looks like Ratliff and Austin aren’t going anywhere, having their contracts changed instead – not pay cuts mind you, just changed. Core Cowboy’s players – Brandon Carr, Jason Witten, and DeMarcus Ware among them – also reworked their deals to get the Cowboys under the cap. All that reworking worked. Even though I didn’t agree with keeping some of the players, the Cowboys were under the cap and looking like they were in good shape.
Then, the Cowboys franchised Spencer. Is paying so much money to a good player that may not fit that well in the new defensive scheme a smart move? It might be if Spencer signs a long term deal at a much lower base salary, but even then we are paying too much to one player when we have bigger needs. Hello! The offensive line!
On the subject of the Cowboy’s offensive line, Jerry Jones recently mentioned that if the Cowboys had to neglect an area of the team for cap reasons, the offensive line is a good area to neglect because Tony Romo is so mobile and elusive. Does that line of thinking scare anyone? Does that sound remotely Romo friendly? What message is that sending to the team? What about the franchise QB?
What message is being sent to the Dallas Cowboy fan when the owner of the team suggests its ok to put the most important player on the team in harms way so we can keep the Austins and Ratliffs and Spencers around?