Dec 23, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) in the huddle against the New Orleans Saints at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Get Smart

The Free Agency period began on Tuesday and many of the big names are signed, sealed, and delivered to their respective new owners. The Dallas Cowboys began Free Agency with 175k below the cap, and all things are quiet on The Valley Ranch Front. There have been a few rumors here and there regarding possible interests to fill the 2013 squad but nothing more than that, rumors.

Just like with everything Cowboys related, some are not too keen on the idea of not being major players in the overspend sweepstakes of the year. Many have voiced their frustrations with the franchising of Anthony Spencer and the slow negotiations with Tony Romo. The recent re-worked deal of Tom Brady has fans filled with demands of a similar case for the quarterback with the blue star on his helmet.

The fact of the matter is that Tony Romo doesn’t owe this team anything. Tom Brady has a wife that grosses $100 million dollars a year, Tony doesn’t  Tom Brady will be 36 by opening day and already has cashed in quite well, Tony won’t and hasn’t  Tom Brady is given extra attention to his Offensive Line and not relied on to make magic with his feet. You get the point here? Tony Romo deserves to cash in at this point for the sake of his family and future. If these executives are wise, things will end up accordingly.

Now onto the real topic of this week’s article; I believe The Dallas Cowboys are being very smart right now. There is a common theme that tends to happen when you overpay to riddle your team with Free Agents that this organization is well aware of after succumbing to it themselves every so often; it usually hurts in the end. Teams will break the bank to find every last penny for a Nnamdi Asomugha or a Mario Williams. The percentage of the player living up to the contract they receive is slim to none.  My case in point is Asomugha and Rodgers-Cromartie being snagged by Philadelphia with the notions of a “Dream Team”; 2 years later they were unloaded on the 1st day of Free Agency.

The Dallas Cowboys are not going to pull the trigger until these players start getting desperate for a team to play on. This team will get a deal done with Romo, and hopefully get a deal with Anthony Spencer; but for those looking for excitement, start looking forward to The Draft. The only way this team is going to be set-up for success this year is by drafting well. I’m not implying that this team won’t find some decent role players or a veteran that will suit this team well, but they are trying to get younger and more affordable.

The powers at be understand that with the restructures they have executed just to get under the cap, they will have to pay later. That is precisely the reason they don’t want to continue that habit in the future. In a couple years, this team will most likely be resigning Lee, Bryant, Murray, Smith, and others. No team wants to lose that caliber of players.

The past few years since the dreadful 2009 draft, this team has done a good job at not only drafting better but also finding gems in other team’s garbage cans. The draft is a mere 42 days away and it’s going to be an exciting time for the fans of The Dallas Cowboys. Something tells me that these guys may be looking to collect more picks in a draft that offers depth at every position in need. I have restored faith in these scouts to not let another disaster like 2009 happen again. Another thing that should give fans solace is the emergence at the end of the year of players like Bryant, Carr, Harris, Moore, and others. For the first time in a while it seems they may have found their 3rd Receiver.

The competition this summer is going to be fierce, I’m not predicting this team will be injury-free and soar to the playoffs but before we start shuffling our feet and dragging our lips, let’s “hold-out” a minute and see what the next few months have in store. It’s not all over, there are still plenty of 2nd tier Free Agents out there that will need a new home, and there is the Draft to look forward too as well. If this year brings a few good men on the Offensive Line, I know most fans will be stoked.

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  • Juanito Juanito

    spencer will be cap casuality next season, thats why he should no sign for long, or from what money cowboys could sign the next stars

  • ‘mericas_team2013

    F*** signing Spencer, I dont know why every article I read say sign Spencer… The guys is not worth the money the media says he will command… Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett to me are comparable players to Spencer and they signed for $7.5 and $5 mil respectively, and they have played DE their entire NFL careers.

  • CashDeniro

    They need to go get Benard Pollard and R. Barber especially since since Barber knows the new system. Then address the rest of our needs in the draft.

  • Anthony Acker

    I am hoping that 2009 both the release of Williams and the fact that not one player is starting from that draft has finally taught this organization and JJ they need to put all of their work and focus into the draft and not get caught up in the FA circus. I think the Scandrick deal and how he has worked out so far, though only a mid level deal, was icing on that cake for them.

    Here is to hoping that they finally see this and make this their draft. All the stars are aligned with so much OL,DL and Safety talent they need to go all in those first 3/4 rounds – heck even sell some of next year for more talent cuz there are going to be some good linemen in the third round this year.

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    I am quite sure JJ is reeling from not having money to over-spend in free agency which has been one of his trademarks in the past. What will we do not having a bone-headed signing in free agency to discuss? Not having money to sign a free agent removes one possibility of the Cowboys making personnel and financial mistakes.Now if they can just figure out how to evaluate players who are in the upcoming draft.

  • Patrick Cardenas

    Are you seriously trying to get people to feel sorry for Romo because he doesn’t have a millionaire wife? He needs to plan for the future of his family?? He is a millionaire already! He’s a f***ing football player! Not a teacher or a doctor. Romo, as good as he is, also better learn the people that will never see that kind of money in several lifetimes are a helping to make him rich buying his shirts and paying ridiculous $ to watch him throw 4th quarter interceptions. What the h*ll are you arguing here? That he doesn’t need to be willing to make some concessions for the team’s success? Romo (and you) can argue for salary entitlement when we get to a goddamn playoff. You gotta be kiddin me…….

    • Michael Sisemore

      I’m not arguing that he deserves more money because of he doesn’t have a super model wife, I’m arguing that he doesn’t owe this team anything. I agree with Emmitt, Romo needs to ask them if they are going to use the money they would save and get some offensive linemen instead letting him take 36 sacks, besides those int’s your referring to would go down if he didn’t have pressure in his face every down. I have bought Romo merchandise and I’m fine with it, Romo needs to stop being everyone scapegoat, without him this team is the Oakland Raiders.

    • Cowgirlcas22

      You have got to be kidding me: There isn’t a top 5 QB in the NFL that could survive behind that poor excuse of an OL Romo has. Receivers that he has to tell where to line up, run routes wrong and don’t know the playbook. No running game and a suspect pass rush. Only the uneducated and the media judge a quarterback based on the success of the team. Romo restructured several times to help this team and JJ rewarded him by doing absolutely nothing to protect him.He has suffered a broken bone 3 yrs in a row now. Yet JJ still says I am not as concerned with the OL as I am other positions because of Romos’ agility. I would tell JJ to go jump in a glory hole If I was him. Think of my health and future and say pay me or I go where I have a fair chance to play to my ability without running for my life on every play!