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Cowboys have to wait to sign draft picks

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Teams are starting to sign their draft picks to contracts, but it will be a while before we get any reports of that kind out of Dallas.

The Cowboys won’t be signing any of their draftees until after June 1, according to a report from Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The issue is cap space, something that the Cowboys won’t have enough of until after that date because of the decision to cut Terence Newman. While Newman was released two months ago, it went on the books as a June 1 cut and that means the Cowboys don’t get $6 million of related cap relief until that date.

As of now, the Cowboys have about $2.14 million in cap space. They need roughly $5.7 million to sign their draft picks so the Newman money is crucial to the cause. Most of it will wind up going to first-round pick Morris Claiborne, whose addition could wind up forcing another cornerback, Mike Jenkins, off the roster.

Per Williams, the cap squeeze is also keeping the Cowboys from getting involved in the chase for wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Jones. He could potentially help the offense and the special teams, but the Cowboys need the money for other players.

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  1. ndnut says: May 6, 2012 9:40 AM

    Please pick up Jenkins Vikings! Please!

  2. garryjercia says: May 6, 2012 9:44 AM

    One of the rare times I’m on Jerry’s side.

    Go after that exemption big dog, and then hold it hostage for Godell’s resignation letter.

  3. angrycorgi says: May 6, 2012 9:47 AM

    In 5 days we’ll hear results of the cows/skins case from the arbitrator, which may pave the way for an additional 5 million in cap space this season.

  4. majbobby says: May 6, 2012 10:01 AM

    Could not happen to a better team. Media darlings but flops on the field.

  5. eeeeeeetme says: May 6, 2012 10:10 AM

    That’s good for the Jerrahs. They should be punished more severely for cap-gate. Drop the hammer on them Roger. You have the ultimate power to do so and there is not a thing Jerry can do about it.

  6. ham1 says: May 6, 2012 10:30 AM

    I dont like this team but that doesnt matter.
    What does matter to me is that they would be able to sign their players were it not for the sucker punch by Goodell and the silver spoon snot nosed boy, Mara.

    I expect to see both the skins and cowboys recoup in some fashion their hijacked cap money.

    Seeing these teams get stronger and competing is what its all about.

  7. stevebozeman says: May 6, 2012 10:59 AM

    As soon as Dallas gets back their stolen cap space they will be able to sign the free agent they need.

  8. clw1906 says: May 6, 2012 11:30 AM

    ndnut says:
    May 6, 2012 9:40 AM
    Please pick up Jenkins Vikings! Please!

    Yes you he would love playing in LA!

  9. parasonic says: May 6, 2012 12:08 PM

    I don’t understand why they’re so quick to dump Jenkins. He’s scheduled to make around 1 mil this season. 1 mil for a pretty decent slot CB is nothing. Especially for the cowboys who can’t afford to lose any decent DB play based on last year’s performance.

  10. jsrdc says: May 6, 2012 12:18 PM

    @eeeeeetme, “That’s good for the Jerrahs. They should be punished more severely for cap-gate. Drop the hammer on them Roger. You have the ultimate power to do so and there is not a thing Jerry can do about it.”

    Seriously? There are still people as ignorant as you commenting on a topic you obviously know nothing. You obviously never read the details. More has come to light since the “penalty” was instituted, which happened to be ONE DAY before FA began. That should tell you volumes right there.

    The NFL already stated the Cowboys and Skins did nothing wrong. They violated no rules. Are you seriously this inept where you don’t understand the basics of this decision? It was ALL POLITICS. DeMaurice Smith was up for re-election and wasn’t about to go against the other teams crying about this. Goodell didn’t want any balcklash and he voted for it as well. Both are spineless wussies.

    This was said to gain a competitive advantage, but it’s time to educate you. The cap would have been LESS in 2012 than the previous year had the Cowboys and Redskins not been forced to give up the 46 million or so in cap space to be distributed amongst several teams. What about the teams that CHOSE to spend little money in an uncapped year that parlayed that into huge amounts of cap space? You have to look at this on both sides of the coin. If “penalties” are to be levied (for breaking zero rules), than more than just the Cowboys and Skins should be penalized.

    Mara is a Cowboy and Skins hater, and chimed in with his two cents on how draft picks should have been taken away. The question is why should draft picks be taken when neither team broke ANY RULES? And I don’t see him complaining about the teams who gained more cap space as a result. As the owner of the SB champs, I mistakenly thought he would act accordingly.

    When the arbitrator rules in favor of the Cowboys and Skins, we will all see why this was a big load of political BS.

  11. warrenmoon says: May 6, 2012 12:36 PM

    I don’t understand why adding a cornerback would make you cut your old one? You still need 2 on the field and often 3. That would be like the Browns cutting Joe Thomas because they drafted another tackle. They need 2!

  12. gmacbigd says: May 6, 2012 1:12 PM

    First off they have Carr so they do have a second corner and Scandrick is one of tbe better slot corners in the game. that being said, keep Jenkins as insurance. Someone is bound tonget hurt. He is a former pro bowler.

  13. macgee10 says: May 6, 2012 1:19 PM

    I still can’t believe that they had got penalized $5 million for this year and next year. I feel bad for the skins too bc they had so much more taken away. If the the nfl approved the contracts in the first place then they don’t know their own cba they created. I hope that both teams get their cap money back.

  14. itsmammoth says: May 6, 2012 1:27 PM

    gmacbigd says:
    May 6, 2012 1:12 PM
    First off they have Carr so they do have a second corner and Scandrick is one of tbe better slot corners in the game. that being said, keep Jenkins as insurance. Someone is bound tonget hurt. He is a former pro bowler.

    ——

    OH, PAH-LEEEASE.

    Do you even watch the games? Scandrick gets burnt nearly every play! Eli and others constantly target him on the field! He has always been the weak link. They need to keep Jenkins, Carr, and the Rook.

  15. Soulman45 says: May 6, 2012 1:39 PM

    You go Cowgirls again the team is in a mess no brain at the top when will he learn he can make money but not run a football team.

  16. storebrandcookies says: May 6, 2012 1:50 PM

    Jones should cut Scandrick. That 5 yr/$25 million contract is a joke. He’s being paid #2 corner money and he is getting torched on almost every play.

  17. eeeeeeetme says: May 6, 2012 1:54 PM

    It’s always a conspiracy theory with these Jerrahs fans. It couldn’t be that you actually manipulated the cap and that’s why you are crying about not being able to sign 1st rounder Corky Claiborne.

  18. marissa227 says: May 6, 2012 2:16 PM

    Itsmammoth….. thanks for being right on… i dont understand where this scandrick love comes from… it confuses me

  19. theharshestreality says: May 6, 2012 2:38 PM

    All I want to know is what kind of name is Charean?

  20. ragingmouse says: May 6, 2012 2:39 PM

    It’s simple, keep Jenkins lose “scamderick”… Get some cash back, or trade him.
    I be never liked scam as a corner!

  21. sfsaintsfan says: May 6, 2012 2:42 PM

    Serious Question for the “reporters” out there:

    If the decision in the Redskins and Cowboys Cap Case is in favor of the teams, what happens to the “extra” cap space that was distributed to the other teams for 2012? Does the cap get “reduced” for the other teams 28 teams it was originally re-distributed to?

    (The Raiders and Saints were left out of the party for the “extra” cap space re-distribution initially, therefore only 28 teams benefited.)

    I would think that if the Redskins and Cowboys “win” their case, and they should, that the cap space taken from them will go back to them AND the extra cap space given to the other 28 teams will be taken away.

    Does that sound right?

    If not, the total overall compensation for the 2012 year would be in excess of the CBA allocated percentage of revenue and I can’t see Roger letting that happen. That would bring the cap down for the 28 teams by about $1.65 million each.

  22. jsrdc says: May 6, 2012 3:49 PM

    @eeeeeeetme, “It’s always a conspiracy theory with these Jerrahs fans. It couldn’t be that you actually manipulated the cap and that’s why you are crying about not being able to sign 1st rounder Corky Claiborne.’

    “Manipulating” the cap? Really? Do you understand what an “uncapped year” means, Einstein? It is called uncapped because it is uncapped. How did Jerry Jones “manipulate” the cap in an uncapped year? Please, do tell……..

    Show me where a rule was broken. ALL contracts that year were approved by the NFL, so exactly HOW did he manipulate the cap? If Jones manipulated the cap, so did all the teams that chose NOT to spend any $ in an UNCAPPED Year.
    That would have also been manipulating the cap for future gain, but no teams were penalized for that. Do you see the hypocrisy here, or are you really that inept?

    What we have here in eeeeeeetme folks is an uneducated hater who blabs his mouth without even understanding the situation. Go back and read what actually happened. Reading is fundamental, jerky. And you are on here calling Claiborne Corky….. Get a clue, loser.

  23. bluebongzilla says: May 6, 2012 4:58 PM

    The Cowboys usually wait until the week before training camp to even start negotiations with draft picks anyway.

  24. adamjt13 says: May 6, 2012 9:06 PM

    This post is full of inaccurate information.

    The Cowboys DON’T “need roughly $5.7 million (of cap room) to sign their draft picks.” Because of the Top 51 Rule, using the entire $5.17 million rookie pool will reduce the Cowboys’ cap room by less than $2.7 million.

    Also, the Cowboys DON’T “have to wait to sign draft picks.” They could sign all but Claiborne today. Signing their other six draft picks would use up only about $200,000 of cap room — again, because of the Top 51 Rule.

    Reporters shouldn’t try to write about the salary cap when they don’t even understand the basics.

  25. daysend564 says: May 7, 2012 1:30 AM

    Cowboys will have $5M extra funds after the 10th

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