Are Restructured Contracts a Ticking Time Bomb For The Cowboys?

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One of the best things about working at the Landry Hat is experiencing the passion and intelligence of our Dallas Cowboys fans. And in an effort to further serve our great community, we put out a request this week to answer your fan questions.  So here is today’s question:

“Are the Cowboys setting themselves up for failure in the future with all the restructuring of contracts now?” – Stefan G.

What follows are the responses from some of our great staff writers and passionate Cowboy experts.

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

Mike Burke, Staff Writer – Stefan, if they are then every team in the NFL is. This is the way operations are run in the Salary Cap era and have been for many years. For years we waited for the Redskins to come up against “Salary Cap Hell” and fans expected them to have to field a team of scrubs. They were sanctioned $36 million over last season and this and they are still operating, and won the NFC East. It isn’t about money, it’s about personnel on the field.

Kim Dunning, Senior Writer - Yes they are, once again Jerry Jones is mortgaging the future of the team by restructuring contracts of mediocre players for the maybe we’ll win now.

Todd Toombs, Senior Writer - Most likely. It’s not a smart long-term strategy and it will no doubt come back to bite them. It’s just a matter of when and how much. It should be one tool in the tool bag that is used sparingly, but it seems to be the only thing Jerry and Stephen know how to do.

Michael Huff, Staff Writer - Failure is a strong word. I do believe that it will continue to handicap them in the future with dead money when these players leave.

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  • californy

    The boys make it impossible to move players because of these contract. The only way these player get moved is by way of a cap hit, and that not a good way at all. Ratliff got in JJ face and JJ just extended him him to the year 2018 through his renegociation. There is no way Jimmy or Tom would of had him on this team a day after that incident. Percy harvin was aquired by Seattle for a nice ransom. Miles has better ability than Percy and that what we are missing by not being able to move our players

    • Old Frog

      I totally agree. Vikings got it right. Trade Harvin for draft picks but Cowboys keep Austin and his bloated contract? Another JJ example of “the devil we know (at 80%) is better than the devil we don’t…”

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    Jerry Jones is a risk taker and his past financial dealings have turned out to be very lucrative. However, someday his risk taking is going to be his downfall and it appears he may be taking the Cowboys down with him. Jerry is obviously betting on future increases in revenues from TV and other sources to boost the salary cap and find relief. This is not the first time he has done this. He is not the financial wizard that others have portrayed him. I wouldn’t trust him to help my 10 year old granddaughter with her math lesson.