#4 – Cutting Insurance
While he isn’t a starter on the Cowboys offensive line, offensive tackle Cameron Fleming has a crucial role with the team. He is the replacement for either offensive tackles Tyron Smith or La’el Collins.
Why is a backup role so important? Well, Smith was held to only 13 games the past four seasons and Collins missed one game this past season. If one of them goes down, then Fleming is up.
The Cowboys do have a couple of young tackles that would be able to step in, but the question is if they are ready or not. Dallas might not have a choice.
Sophomore tackles Wyatt Miller, Mitch Hyatt, and Brandon Knight are all waiting for their opportunity. The 22-year-old Knight played 110 snaps and got one start in 2019, while Miller and Hyatt never played a snap in the NFL yet.
The chance of cutting Fleming is buzzing around. Especially when you consider cutting him would free up $4.4 million. Sure, this would put more pressure on the young tackles, but there aren’t too many other options out there.
Leaning on Knight and then having Miller and Hyatt ready right behind him isn’t a bad idea. This allows them to get better and possibly take over for Tyron Smith if he has an early retirement. It’s better to have young options just in case anyway, so why not get them ready?
Tough times are ahead without a doubt. The majority of the eyes will be on Dak’s contract since that will take up the most room. It is important to remember there are other ways to save money as previously mentioned.
Will Tank Lawrence’s contract be restructured? Will the defensive line lose yet another member? So many options will need to be seriously considered by Jerry Jones.
There is still time, but I would prefer things not to be done last-minute. At the end of the day, whatever works, I won’t complain. Good luck Jerry, and I hope Cowboys fans aren’t as anxious as I am right now.
Do you have an idea of how the Dallas Cowboys can save some cap? Let me know in the comments section below. Help me and other fellow Cowboys fans relax a little bit.