Earlier this week, there was a report that the Dallas Cowboys were a train wreck in terms of cap situation. It was estimated that the Cowboys will be over the salary cap by around $30 million dollars in 2014. After looking into the cap, I can confidently say that’s not true.
If we look at all the contracts we have signed for next year, we have a total of around $133,927,641 million dollars committed to 2014 already. This isn’t including dead money. Including the recently waived defensive tackle Jay Ratliff’s contract, we have around $11,667,701 in dead money. So for 2014, our total cap spending so far is $145,595,342.
We do not know the salary cap for 2014 year, but I’m going to estimate it being around $125 million dollars. So with this in mind, the Cowboys are around $20 million dollars above the cap rather than $30 million. I know what you’re thinking, that’s still a lot of money over the cap. That is true, but the Cowboys cap situation is a lot more manageable than you think. There are a couple of options that we can do next season to bring that number down.
But firstly, I would like to say I’m not a cap expert. I understand the salary cap well though, and I am confident in the calculations and research I did for this article. I would like to put a disclaimer on this article. All information that I provided may not be accurate. I do not have access to the specific details of the contracts that I talk about. Honestly, everything you read about the cap is a “best guess” situation unless your executive vice president Stephen Jones, in the Dallas Cowboys front office, or some sort of NFL accountant. All of the information I have provided within this article comes from spotrac.com and overthecap.com. They provide a simplified overview of all the contracts in the NFL. Without further ado, here are some options the Cowboys have for 2014 to bring the cap down.