I had originally planned on writing this week’s article about remaining Cowboy’s players that could or should be casualties of the salary cap, focusing mainly on the lines. We’ll get to that later.
The Cowboy’s participation in free agency this season has been, so far, non-existent. Now, this could be a good thing.
I have to admit I was a little concerned hearing that Dallas had intended on reworking upwards of a dozen contracts to free up cap space this season. I was concerned about what position that would put us in a few seasons down the road, stuck with big payouts to the renegotiated contracts and the possibility of expensive free agents from this season that might not have worked out as planned.
The Cowboy’s appear to be taking a more measured approach this year than in those previous. Although I appreciate the concept of looking before you leap, it’s just not very exciting is it? As it stands, the Cowboys have renegotiated half a dozen contracts, and now sit $175,000 below the cap.
Honestly, I had hoped that Dallas would have landed somewhere between where they are and where they wanted to be. Don’t negotiate over a dozen contracts and essentially hock the team’s immediate future, but do free up just enough space to address a few glaring needs.
Everyone knows you should draft based on talent and not need, and reworking two to three more contracts could put us into position to do that.
We already knew there was a definite need at offensive line, a strong need at defensive line, and a fair need at running back. Now with the release of Sensabaugh, safety has been catapulted into an absolute position of need.
Anthony Spencer’s franchise tag of a guaranteed $10.6 million in 2013 is beginning to feel like a punch to the gut with the missing pieces of this team left to be addressed. It’s not that we are seriously lacking talent on this team so much as lacking some talent in serious places.
As a Cowboy’s fan, I would feel a lot better if we had picked up at least one offensive lineman in free agency at this point. I would feel a lot better if we weren’t creating more needs for ourselves. I would feel a lot better, if we were a little more than $175,000 under the cap.
I am happy that we are being responsible in this offseason, but I long for the free agency excitement of year’s past. After all, If we don’t make any significant changes, how do we start talking about how much better this season will be?