Oct 28, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones prior to the game against the New York Giants at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Cowboys Salary Cap Woes Blessing in Disguise

The free agency frenzy started on Tuesday and things out of Dallas were quiet.   As Dallas fans everywhere watched other teams bank big name free agents off the market and shock at some of the power house teams having to dismantle because of getting contracts signed or cutting players to get under the salary cap there was very little news except that Dallas had roughly 175k under the cap left.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing.


Usually during free agency fans like me wait on baited breath.  We know that the Cowboys front office has notoriously over signs players or made deals that leave Cowboy fans scratching their heads going “what were they thinking?”  The organization had to do something different this year because well they just didn’t have the money.  Now, the front office can be blamed as they dropped the ball, theoretically speaking on not getting quarterback Tony Romo’s extension done or waiting to late to cut players and spent most of their time restructuring deals because they had to get under the salary cap.


Now I know from trolling social media sites that Cowboy fans were grumbling and throwing jokes around especially when the Free Agency Frenzy heated up after 4pm on Tuesday.  However, we can look at the positives of this.  Not having any money means we didn’t make any bone headed deals.  Perfect example would be when Dallas acquired Roy Williams from Detroit. Dallas over paid for him in both draft picks and money alike and he performed very little on the field when he was a Dallas Cowboy.


Finally and I think the biggest positive is the fact that Dallas will have to learn to build a winning team with the draft, at least for this year.  All those wholes left to fill will be addressed, hopefully, through the draft this year. Let’s just hope it’s a better draft that 2009 was since all of them are no longer apart of the Cowboys team.  This is how not to win consistently.


On a side note, as a Cowboy fan and having Irish blood, I would like to wish all my Irish Cowboy Fans a very Blessed Saint Patrick’s Day! Sláinte!

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  • jrcowboy49

    No sence spending money on mediocre players we don’t need with money we don’t have!

    • Jeff

      But Jr Cowboy if management would have done what they are supposed to do in the first place it never would have come to this. We needed to be in a spot where we could fill all our needs (and theres a lot of them) through free agency AND the draft. For example Denver’s management has killed it in my opinion. They picked up the best OL in free agency Louis Vasquez and franchise tagged Ryan Clady! They are keeping manning and whoever will run for them loving their life and then they turn around and sign Wes Welker! And they still have Draft picks to replace dumerville with. Dallas needs to take OL w the first pick, chance Warmack, Jonathan Cooper or DJ fluker. One of them will definitely be there! Don’t be stupid. We drafted Tyron smith in the first round a few years ago and I don’t hear any complaints. Gotta love Warmack for the beast in him and his intimidation factor. I also love Cooper cause he can play Guard and center. Fluker is the player I would want least out of the three but he will still do fine for us and most importantly here we know what we are getting when we draft any of these guys. If we try to be gangster and draft a safety in the first round like vaccaro we will regret it. Maybe LSU safety Reid will be available in the 2nd. He is a fine SEC player playing on the same defense as Mo Claiborne was playing. We obviously need OL and S. but we also need another nasty DL and who will be our 3rd linebacker in this new 4-3? I love Sean lee an Bruce carter and I hope both of them play every game this season. All these needs and we still haven’t even restructured Tony Romos contract and thought about paying the players we need to pay. The future of our franchise. Claiborne Bryant Murray Tyron Smith. Any other team in the NFL doug free would be out after playing a season like this last one. So why does Dallas have him? Because we still owe him a grip of money even though he can’t play!

      • Guest

        Yah they killed it so good they forgot to fax a contract to retain their best pass rusher – lol

      • Anthony Acker

        Yah, they killed it so good they forgot to send a contract in at the right time after they spent how much time and energy reworking it for their best pass rusher …

  • Anthony Acker

    I think 2009 was a tipping point for Dallas and they have had some time to reflect on all of those bad FA signings from T.O. to Williams and that years bad draft. It was a major step for JJ to release TO and Williams and start that process of not signing high profile FA’s after that year … sure he has gambled on some mid level FA’s since then we shall see if Scandrick will stick but I put that one on Ryan as much as JJ.

    SO what does this all mean no signings sitting pat not pushing to rework deals for more cap space before FA? I am hoping that JJ and the organization TOGETHER realize that this is their draft and it really is the amount of talent in the first three rounds for their needs is a once in a generation draft (OL, DL, Safety). This is the year for JJ to step up in the draft and even sell part of next year to get more picks in those first 3 rounds – so lets hope there is a little of the old JJ left, just enough to pull the trigger on getting a few more picks in those rounds and even through in a 7th to do it!

  • ‘mericas_team2013

    The late rounds and post draft are the key, that is where roster depth needs to be built young hungry guys that play hard and could possibly net you more picks down the road or be a non cap threatening signee…

  • disqus_kLJwdEdnOL

    I agree that the Cowboys having no money to sign free agents is a good thing. No done-headed deals this year!! Now if they could just draft some players who have enough talent to stick on the team. In other words, find somebody who can evaluate talent or listen to those who they trust who have a proven history of talent evaluation….and please JJ don’t interfere.

  • Juanito Juanito

    when romo could sign and how much money he is asking for ?