So why do we wear out our F5 buttons and scour the Internet for every scrap of news about every Free Agent out there? Quite frankly it is because we are addicts and it feeds our addiction. I am as guilty of this as anyone. Last year in Free Agency I was thrilled as we landed Brandon Carr, Kyle Orton, Lawrence Vickers, and Dan Connor. I was a little less enthused about the two Offensive Linemen we added, but I still bought in. We all do. That is the addiction in control.
Let me tell you why above all else Dallas will not be going after big fish Free Agents this year. There are two huge reasons why; 2014 and 2015. You see, what we often fail to accept because of our greed and avarice is that teams don’t operate year to year like fans do. They operate upon contract windows. Soon Sean Lee, Dez Bryant, and others will be coming to the end of their rookie contracts. I don’t know about you, but I am going to want them back along with Bruce Carter, DeMarco Murray, and Tyron Smith. I’m going to want them extended and virtually guaranteed to be lifetime Cowboys. I admit it, I get a bit attached.
You can’t keep players like that if you spend too much on the Free Agent scrap heap. Don’t get me wrong, I think careful navigation of the Free Agent time period is crucial to success. The key word is careful. Right now, the truth is the Dallas Cowboys have a lot of money committed in 2014 and 2015, and if they spend frivolously now, they will be forced to watch helplessly as guys like Dez and Sean sign somewhere else. I don’t want that. I would much prefer they do very little in Free Agency, get new deals for Tony and Spencer, cut Free in June and have a ton of cap room that they can roll into 2014 and create cap relief that allows us to keep our core players.
I have ulterior motives every off season. I want to sign guys in Free Agency who are cut by another team, not guys who are Unrestricted Free Agents who played out a contract. I also rarely want our UFAs signed back. Why would I think this way? Easy answer, because for every UFA that a team loses who gets a decent contract somewhere else and performs well you can potentially add a Compensatory Draft pick in the next year’s Draft.