A salary cap will be part of the new CBA, with estimates that the cap will be around $120 million. Most teams will be well under the cap, but there are teams that could be over or tight to the cap depending on how the new CBA handles “dead money” and other issues.
ESPN.com recently estimated the Cowboys are at least $18.9 million over a cap of $120 million. That number could be massaged, but some high priced talent may have to go for Dallas to make necessary moves this offseason.
Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com smartly figures that wide receiver Roy Williams could be one of the first people to go, with Kevin Ogletree stepping into the third receiver role. Williams is due $9.5 million. Cornerback Terence Newman and tackle Marc Colombo are other options to go.
We haven’t heard the term “cap casualty” in a while, but it’s time to start thinking about the implications of the cap once again. We need to learn the fine print of the CBA, but teams like the Cowboys, Jets, and Raiders are among those that may have to make hard decisions based on their high current payroll.
Frankly, cutting Williams shouldn’t be that tough a decision anyhow.