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Roy Williams could be victim of salary cap

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Here’s yet another reason why Nnamdi Asomugha is a long shot to join the Cowboys:  It would be difficult to fit him under a proposed salary cap.

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.

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47 Responses to “Roy Williams could be victim of salary cap”
  1. kevinfromphilly says: Jul 6, 2011 1:24 PM

    Well, now you know why Roy wants that engagement ring back so badly.

  2. descendency says: Jul 6, 2011 1:25 PM

    Roy Williams will be a victim of his bad play, not a cap.

  3. usfmikeb says: Jul 6, 2011 1:26 PM

    I guess that 76K for the engagement ring might come in handy for Roy soon…

  4. usfmikeb says: Jul 6, 2011 1:27 PM

    I guess that Roy might need that 76K for the engagement ring…

  5. rayala3 says: Jul 6, 2011 1:28 PM

    More like of a victim of his sorry ass play.

  6. dccowboy says: Jul 6, 2011 1:33 PM

    Since Williams will cost 12.9 million against the cap to cut and 9
    Million to keep, why exactly would cutting him provide ‘cap relief’?

  7. eaglesfan290 says: Jul 6, 2011 1:35 PM

    120 million is a low figure for what the cap is going to be. Now that said Roy hasn’t lived up to the Hype……..I would cut him he is overpaid.

  8. thompgk says: Jul 6, 2011 1:35 PM

    Its more likely that they adjust his contract and he stays on at a more cap friendly rate.

    Columbo is as good as gone. Newman might stay on at a more cap friendly number.

  9. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 6, 2011 1:38 PM

    Time for Martellus Bennett to earn his pay this season…

  10. bigd4defense says: Jul 6, 2011 1:38 PM

    Big disappointment. I thought he’d be a big time player for years.

  11. asublimeday says: Jul 6, 2011 1:41 PM

    Somewhere, matt millen is counting a huge pile of unearned money

  12. battle23 says: Jul 6, 2011 1:42 PM

    Im a Cowboys fan..but cant say Id be sad to see Roy leave.had a better year last year..but never was was he was made out to be

  13. whathappenedtovox says: Jul 6, 2011 1:44 PM

    Williams costs more against the cap this year if they cut him than if they keep him. Personally, since cutting Williams is going to be a big cap hit anyway whether it’s now or down the line, I think they should just cut bait and get it over with now.

    But that’s why it’s not a no-brainer to cut him.

    It was a no-brainer to cut him last offseason, when there were no cap penalties.

  14. bleedgreen says: Jul 6, 2011 1:45 PM

    Its possible that existing ‘cap numbers’ won’t be factored into the new cap. They may have a chance to cut bait with bad contracts and not have it count against the cap this year simply to make it easier to get into the new numbers.

  15. bangthedrum22 says: Jul 6, 2011 1:48 PM

    Wouldnt be a huge loss.Wr is one of the positions that the cowboys are pretty solid at. Ive been saying for two seasons now that ogletree has potnetial, reminds me of alvin”the freak” harper.

  16. melonnhead says: Jul 6, 2011 1:52 PM

    A salary cap will be part of the new CBA, with estimates that the cap will be around $120 million.

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    Based on what? The LAST salary cap was $128 million. You think the players are going to let it go DOWN?

  17. realfann says: Jul 6, 2011 1:56 PM

    Pulease ..

    .. no way the cap will be $120 million.

    You need to learn how to google.

  18. berniemadoffsides says: Jul 6, 2011 2:03 PM

    I’m trying to think of where he’d end up: Washington, Chicago, Houston…?

  19. pacificamjr says: Jul 6, 2011 2:11 PM

    $9.5 mil for a WR that cant catch and sucks? muhahhahahahhahah. why not just line jerry jones’ corpse up at wideout?

  20. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Jul 6, 2011 2:22 PM

    He’s not a”victim” of anything other than his crappy play. Victim? LOL

  21. tbpdog says: Jul 6, 2011 2:58 PM

    Roy was actually playing well last year before Romo got hurt. Dallas should have used last year as a get out of jail free card and dumped him and Marion Barber, especially once they realized they were going nowhere. Makes no sense to dump Roy now, if Dallas keeps him he costs 9mil, if they cut him, he cost 12mil. Overpaid or not, it makes sense to keep him, even if he splits time with Ogletree or is a 9mil 4th WR.

  22. 1bigtex says: Jul 6, 2011 3:06 PM

    Roy basically has this year left to try and keep a job. The whole “it cost more to cut him than to keep him” pretty much guarantees it. Columbo is gone. MB3 is gone. They’ll pick up some money there and Roy was having a decent year before Romo went down. Additionally, Ogletree regressed badly last year. Kevin doesn’t have a Special Teams job he can do and about the only thing he has shown is that he can run the bubble screen.
    As to MartyB, Bennett has one year left on his contract at 500K. Not a huge number and the guy has too much physical talent to give up on at that price. Might see the old “contract year” performance from Martellus.

  23. ac0117 says: Jul 6, 2011 3:15 PM

    As a Cowboys fan, all I can say is…

    ….please make this happen

  24. ididntsaythat says: Jul 6, 2011 3:22 PM

    “Cornerback Terence Newman and tackle Marc Colombo are other options to go.”

    Barber will be the first out of the door! Then the 3 above will follow!

    Rework Romo, Ware and Austin and we can then get what we need. Knowing how JJ operates, you can bet he has a plan already done!

  25. childressrulz says: Jul 6, 2011 3:25 PM

    Man what has the world come to when a leathery old worthless fart bag can’t even buy a superbowl like he used to? I like the cowboys but I hate Jerry Jones.

  26. blackheld says: Jul 6, 2011 3:27 PM

    Detroit is short two receivers, as of last year. The rookie, Titus Young, is penciled in for one, but there’s room for Williams, too, and when he was last in Detroit he played well enough for Detroit to trade him to Dallas for enough draft choices to make Belichick jealous.

    Just sayin’…Roy ain’t gonna be looking for work very long, regardless…

  27. Soulman45 says: Jul 6, 2011 3:27 PM

    THE GREAT DETROIT LIONS
    Should be put under house arrest for the deal they pull off to get William out of Detroit a 1st and two more to fill in the gap between a great GM and a has been.

  28. blackheld says: Jul 6, 2011 3:38 PM

    Another thing. People here rip Jerry Jones, Al Davis and Robert Kraft like they’re all idiots. Those three teams have all been successful, and their owners are all three closely involved in that.

    You guys wanna rip owners, pick on Mike Brown, Bud Adams, Ralph Wilson and William Clay Ford.

    And yes, I know the Lions actually look less like a corpse, lately, but understand that Bill Ford, Jr, has managed to ease his father out of the management seat at the Detroit table. The other three haven’t produced a real winner in so long they need to look up the word in Webster’s, just to understand the concept.

    If you don’t like Al, Jerrah or Cheese, fine. But give them credit for winning.

    And no, Dan Snyder doesn’t make either list. Give him an incomplete til he hits a billion dollars spent.

  29. tbpdog says: Jul 6, 2011 3:41 PM

    @ childressrulz says: Jul 6, 2011 3:25 PM

    Man what has the world come to when a leathery old worthless fart bag can’t even buy a superbowl like he used to? I like the cowboys but I hate Jerry Jones.

    I hate JJ too…..but which SB did Jones buy? the ones in 1992 and 1993 with 0 FA’s? Or maybe the one in 1995 with 1 FA on the team?

  30. melonnhead says: Jul 6, 2011 4:21 PM

    Man what has the world come to when a leathery old worthless fart bag can’t even buy a superbowl like he used to? I like the cowboys but I hate Jerry Jones.

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    Would you like to explain why you think he “bought” a Super Bowl? As someone else explained the other day, there was no free agency prior to the 1993 NFL season. Jones had won a Super Bowl by then. Between Super Bowl 27 and Super Bowl 30 the only big name he picked up in free agency was Deion Sanders in 1995 and they had already won two Super Bowls by then.

    If you want to pick a team that really did buy a Super Bowl look at the 1996 Packers, who plucked Reggie White, Sean Jones, Santana Dotson, Lamont Hollinquest, Eugene Robinson, Keith Jackson, Don Beebe, Desmond Howard and Andre Rison off of other teams.

  31. dafranchize says: Jul 6, 2011 4:21 PM

    What a ridiculously bad trade that was for Dallas. If Dallas wouldn’t have traded that pick they could have had their pick from Alex Mack, Percy Harvin, Michael Oher, Clay Mathews, Hakeen Nicks, Kenny Britt or James Laurinaitis.

    That was a horrible trade, and one that Dallas fans should not forget. It’s also a prime example of why you never trade 1st round picks for anyone other than a bonafide superstar in their prime. Roy Williams was not that, and the Cowboys got burned by him.

  32. dafranchize says: Jul 6, 2011 4:27 PM

    Oh and yes the cap is estimated at $120 million, and the reason why the NFLPA will allow it is because of the 90% minimum, there can no longer be teams who don’t spend close to the cap. That means teams like Buffalo, Cincinnati and Tampa Bay are out of luck, they have to spend 90% of the cap, that will off set the difference.

    Actually the NFLPA loves the cap minimum, it maximizes players payroll across the league. More teams will be bidding on top players which drives the price up, it’s a fantastic idea and I’m surprised it wasn’t a forced rule earlier.

  33. melonnhead says: Jul 6, 2011 4:33 PM

    And yes, I know the Lions actually look less like a corpse, lately, but understand that Bill Ford, Jr, has managed to ease his father out of the management seat at the Detroit table. The other three haven’t produced a real winner in so long they need to look up the word in Webster’s, just to understand the concept.

    ——————————————————–

    Why give the Lions a pass? They haven’t had a winning season since 2000 and no amount of off-season hype will ever change that. Brown, Adams and Wilson have all had winning seasons since the Lions have.

  34. thegonz13 says: Jul 6, 2011 4:42 PM

    Good to see the Cowboys finally screwed in a trade!

  35. 1bigtex says: Jul 6, 2011 4:50 PM

    On the positive side of the Roy Williams trade, at least it gave Jerry the confidence to send Mr. Owens on down the road. We all know that cancer treatment is expensive and for all his ability, Terrell eventually becomes malignant.

  36. wryly1 says: Jul 6, 2011 4:52 PM

    Yes, myson, you are correct. It is absolutely true that Jerry Jones gave up TWO RD1 picks, plus tens of millions of dollars – for a Matt Millen draft choice.

  37. deenice810 says: Jul 6, 2011 4:55 PM

    That’s okay Roy Dan Snyder will pay you at
    least 10 million to under achieve in
    Washington.

  38. 1bigtex says: Jul 6, 2011 5:16 PM

    @wryly1

    “absolutely true that Jerry Jones gave up TWO RD1 picks”

    Absolutely false.

  39. Brian says: Jul 6, 2011 5:19 PM

    On the bright side, Roy won’t get quoted as much after every Cowboys game.

  40. melonnhead says: Jul 6, 2011 5:21 PM

    Oh and yes the cap is estimated at $120 million, and the reason why the NFLPA will allow it is because of the 90% minimum, there can no longer be teams who don’t spend close to the cap.

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    The last salary cap in 2009 was originally about $124 million. $4 million was added due to the fact that the actual amount spent on players in 2008 fell below the 59.5% of total revenue agreed upon in the CBA. The salary cap floor was established at about $108 million, and it was based on the original $124 million top end. That $108 million floor represents almost 88% of the ~$124 million cap.

    In order for the top end of the cap to go DOWN, it will have to be based on a smaller percentage of total revenue. That’s not going to happen.

    But just for fun, let’s assume the top end is set at $120 million for 2011 and the floor is set at 90% of that, or $108 million. The players potentially lose over a quarter billion dollars in a single season (32 teams X $8 million) because the top end of the cap is lowered and the floor remains (roughly) the same as it was in 2009.

    Sorry, but that’s just not going to happen. If the players were willing to do that this labor mess would have been over a long time ago.

  41. melonnhead says: Jul 6, 2011 5:24 PM

    Yes, myson, you are correct. It is absolutely true that Jerry Jones gave up TWO RD1 picks, plus tens of millions of dollars – for a Matt Millen draft choice.

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    I guess over time it will be an entire draft plus three extra first round draft picks.

  42. baronvonmonocle says: Jul 6, 2011 5:55 PM

    It was a 1st, a 3rd and a 6th for Roy and a 7th. Why is this so hard to understand?

  43. closisgood says: Jul 6, 2011 6:26 PM

    Screw a salary cap, its like something for poor people.

    Screw Jax fans and Browns fans

  44. txhc says: Jul 6, 2011 7:06 PM

    We Cowboys fans welcome this possibility with open arms.

  45. 1bigtex says: Jul 6, 2011 10:30 PM

    @Soulman45

    Please explain the “greatness” of a team that has had a grand total of, what, 6 or 7 winning seasons in the last 30 years. Your threshold for “greatness” seem to be more than a bit low.

  46. MichaelEdits says: Jul 6, 2011 10:52 PM

    Bring back T.O.

  47. stanklepoot says: Jul 7, 2011 10:02 AM

    bleedgreen says: Jul 6, 2011 1:45 PM

    Its possible that existing ‘cap numbers’ won’t be factored into the new cap. They may have a chance to cut bait with bad contracts and not have it count against the cap this year simply to make it easier to get into the new numbers.
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    Teams were already given that opportunity. It was called the uncapped year, and a number of teams took advantage of it to rid themselves of burdensome contracts. Unfortunately for the Cowboys, Jerry Jones wasn’t ready to cut the cord on Williams yet. Now they’re going to be stuck with either keeping and paying him, or cutting him and taking an even bigger shot to their cap. The league can’t institute a new cap and then say “let’s just pretend it doesn’t exist”. It’s going to be a major part of the new CBA, and the vast majority of teams will be fine with it. The league isn’t going to throw the whole system in the gutter for a year or so just because three teams spent recklessly in the uncapped year. The Jets and the Cowboys spent a lot of money either locking their own players up or bringing in new ones to make SB runs last year. They were well aware that there would be a cap again as soon as the new CBA was done. It’s called a calculated risk. When the new salary cap takes effect, it will be time for these teams to pay for the risks they took, and the bill could be rather large. the Jets will have to pick and choose who they can keep from a list of notable free agents, and the cowboys will be trying to fill holes in their roster on the cheap while trying to resign essential FAs and sign their rookies.

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