Cowboys' Ace In The Hole For 2014

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Sep 8, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) is escorted off the field with team physician Dan Cooper and training personnel in the second quarter of the game against the New York Giants at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports


The list is jam-packed with crucial players seeking to recover from injury, and prove they’re still able to excel in Dallas.  None more critical to success than QB Tony Romo.

Romo is recovering from substantial back surgery.  A scary injury that prevented him from finishing 2013, as he bowed out of the biggest game of the season.

Romo is due a King’s Ransom over the next several years.  Following the 2014 season, Dallas will still have to account for $41 mil in dead money.

If he reinjures his back and has to miss games or even the rest of a season, Dallas is in an awful financial bind with no relief in sight.

Over 1/6 of the salary cap in both 2015 and 2016 would be consumed by a player that no longer plays well or possibly at all.

Not to mention there is no groomed replacement in sight going forward. Bottom line is simple…Romo better recover and succeed, or Dallas’ roasted duck is forked.



It’s extremely unlikely Dez Bryant will go elsewhere after his contract ends this season.  JJ loves Dez, Dez loves being a Cowboy.  This will likely get done in-season.

Just how much he gets paid is riding on his 2014 performance.  With 2 straight seasons recording 1,200+ yards / 12+ TD’s, Dez will receive a long, fat contract.

1,500+ yards / 14+ TD’s this season, JJ would give Dez his PIN code.  If production drops, so do contract demands.  FYI, the 2015 free agent WR’s list is stacked.

Julio Jones, A.J. Green, Demaryius Thomas, and Brandon Marshall.  If Dez demands too much, JJ has options.  Every one of those players is a game changing #1 WR.

The final trump card Dallas holds over Dez is the Franchise Tag.  It shouldn’t come to that, but they’d likely use it here if an agreeable deal couldn’t be reached.



LT Tyron Smith is in a very similar boat to Dez Bryant.  Considered one of the best young LT’s in the game, Smith’s rookie contract expires in 2015 also.

Which means Tyron is in line to get paid like a star.  No mystery here, he deserves to be paid like a top-5 LT and will be.  Jerry will sign him for another 4+ years.

Regardless, it’s still a contract year for Smith.  His play will certainly be 100%, as any decline could effect his leverage and lower his maximum market value.

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