On August 26, the Dallas Cowboys must make tough roster decisions to reach 75 players on their active roster. Four days later, August 30th, teams cut rosters to 53 active/inactive players. I recently had a passionate discussion with Cowboys Jobu about players that have been occupying precious territory – a Cowboys roster spot. I would like to mention in advance that MY quarterback – Tony Romo – is definitely not on this list.
#3 – S – Matt Johnson. This one is probably obvious and the outrage stems from blue collar guys like myself. What would happen if a company hired me and during training I called in sick and stayed home for two years? Well, in the NFL, it results in a four year contract with base salaries of $390,000, $480,000, $570,000 and $660,000.
Financially, he’s not an anchor. He isn’t killing the team by under-performing – I should say NOT performing – while having a huge contract. However, he’s taking up a valuable roster spot that could be filled by a healthy and possibly future play-maker.
Matt Johnson was selected in the 4th round of the 2012 draft – 135th overall. Strong safeties drafted after him haven’t been extremely productive, but they are on the field. First round pick Mark Barron, taken 7th overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2012, only has 3 interceptions in 30 starts – but he’s starting games and playing on sundays. If you’re going to be on the team, being able to play in a game should be a mandatory requirement.
Finally, I believe that Ahmad Dixon, our rookie safety from Baylor has definitely made Johnson expendable. Let’s end the Matt Johnson experiment – nothing personal.