Cowboys Offseason Moves Sending Mixed Messages

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Dec 16, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin (19) runs after a catch against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

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?

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  • P.j. Doyle

    You hit the Nail right on the Head. That’s just how I’ve been feeling lately.

  • Old Frog

    +1. Agree with everything you said.

  • Juanito Juanito

    what can you expect with the gm that cowboys have ? and i agree

  • Kaylee

    Jerry’s sold his soul for signing Deion Sanders back in 1995. We’ve been going downhill ever since.

  • Rodney Guidry

    Ryan being Jerry’s scapegoat. (the real problem is Jerry Jones). The Saints will benefit by having Ryan as DC. Ryan did a great job considering all the injuries Dallas had. Dallas’s lost Saints gain. Sean Payton is doing a great job in New Orleans already. I am so glad we have Tom Benson as our Saints owner.

  • Howleyesque

    Well said Artie! two DC’s fired (you left out Wade getting the axe BEFORE Garrett was given the HC job) and the redheaded wonder is still there making the same stupid mistakes with the offensive playcalling. 44-6, gee; two whole FG’s and one more in that mess in Minnesota the following year. I WONDER WHY the defense got tired?! Three and out WAY TOO OFTEN! That’s why! If it weren’t for Romo and Witten (with a little OCCASIONAL help from “others”) the Cowboys would have NO offense!

    • Artie C

      That’s right, i forgot about Wade! (who’s doing a great job in Houston) Garrett is a smart guy, so I don’t, for the life of me, understand why Garrett is sticking to his predictable offensive scheme – and because of that, why Jerry is sticking with Garrett

  • BradAustin

    Excellent article and my sentiments exactly. What are we looking at now, hopefully a few new starters we get in the draft added to the same 8-8 players from last year. And somehow those limited additions plus defensive coaching changes should turn this leaky ship into a speed boat? The roster is where maximum discomfort should have been enforced, instead we continue to fully support mediocre players and cross our fingers for enough improvement among them.

    A real GM is constantly looking to improve his personnel in any way he can find the means. Our GM throws full support behind his incapable current roster and hopes blind loyalty and clapping for them will make a huge difference. Continuing to take the same unsuccessful actions and expecting better results…madness.