The Dallas Cowboys have several players who’ll they have to make serious decisions about after this season. In August, the Cowboys made a large financial commitment to linebacker Sean Lee. It is expected they will do the same with wide receiver Dez Bryant and defensive tackle Jason Hatcher some time in the near future as well. But the Cowboys salary cap only stretches so far. And there are a handful of players who will need to have their salaries adjusted or they might not be on the Cowboys roster next year.
One of those players is wide receiver Miles Austin. Austin signed a a seven-year, $57.168 million deal back in 2010. He is scheduled to make upwards of $23 million in the next three seasons. Austin has struggled with injuries and inconsistency since signing his large contract. He has yet to achieve the same type of success he experienced during the 2009-10 season when he recorded 81 receptions for 1320 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Orlando Scandrick is considered one of the best non-starting cornerbacks in the league. He’s paid like it as well. In 2011, Scandrick signed a six-year, $28.2 million contract. He is scheduled to make $13.5 million in the next three years. With starting corners Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, and the emergence of rookie corner B.W. Webb, it is unknown whether the Cowboys can afford the luxury of Scandrick past this season.
All-Pro defensive tackle Jay Ratliff is on the downside of his career. The 32 year old signed a seven-year, $48.625 million deal back in 2011. He’s scheduled to make $20 million in the next three seasons. But Ratliff’s production has been on a steady decline since 2008. Last year, he played just six games due to injury and was placed on the Cowboys PUP list this season. Not helping Ratliff’s chances of returning to the Cowboys next year is the fact he had a very publicized argument with Cowboys owner Jerry Jones last season as well as a DWI charge earlier this year.
Defensive end Anthony Spencer was the Cowboys defensive MVP in 2012. In his sixth season with Dallas, he had his best statistical year ever recording 95 tackles and 11 sacks. Spencer also got his first invite to the Pro Bowl. But he elected to have microfracture surgery on his left knee, ending his 2013 season before it got started. After two season, the Cowboys have been unable to reach a long term deal with Spencer. They elected instead to place the franchise tag on him for the last two years. At seasons’ end, Spencer will be a free agent. But it is unknown how this latest surgery will effect the 29-year old. Will the Cowboys take the chance on signing Spencer to a long term deal now?
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