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Cowboys give Dan Connor pay-cut ultimatum

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Teams that need to create salary-cap space are using two devices:  a “restructuring” that moves cap dollars from this year to future years with no pay cut and a “restructuring” that shrinks the cap number in 2013 by paying the player less money.  (Then there’s the Tom Brady-style extension, in which the player does a deal that creates the impression he’s taking less, actually paying him more, and qualifies him for automatic canonization upon death.)

The Cowboys have asked linebacker Dan Connor to take the second kind of restructuring.  If he doesn’t, he’ll be cut.

Specifically, the team wants Connor to reduce his $3 million base salary in 2013, the final year of his current deal.  It’s unclear how much the Cowboys want to save.  If he refuses, they’ll save $3 million by dumping him.

A third-round pick in 2008, Connor would instantly become a free agent if/when he’s cut.

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33 Responses to “Cowboys give Dan Connor pay-cut ultimatum”
  1. phillyphan72 says: Feb 27, 2013 9:16 PM

    He’s a good player that should come home to Pa and play for the Eagles…

  2. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 27, 2013 9:18 PM

    Connor became more dispensable with the development of Carter, so Jerrah is trying to throw his weight around.

  3. thesmartest1 says: Feb 27, 2013 9:19 PM

    Always liked him at PSU. Pretty good player.

  4. pjd2012 says: Feb 27, 2013 9:24 PM

    I thought Ernie Simms did a better job last year. Conner just didn’t do the job that he was brought here for.

  5. buddybowl69 says: Feb 27, 2013 9:25 PM

    Dan Connor who?

    The cowboys don’t need him anyways, he’s a 3-4 linebacker on a team switching to a 4-3 style defense.

  6. chattcowboy says: Feb 27, 2013 9:27 PM

    The Cowboys need to cut his ass so fast..They should already have his stuff packed for him! The same thing goes for Free..A. Spencer..D. Connor..F. Jones..G. Sensabaugh.

  7. enikville says: Feb 27, 2013 9:28 PM

    Good player. I think he’d actually fit much better in Kiffen’s scheme than Ryan’s 3-4.

  8. coolguycolin says: Feb 27, 2013 9:33 PM

    Looks like Roseanne’s gonna have to pick up some more hours at the restaurant to help make ends meet after Dan gets another paycut.

  9. bobhk says: Feb 27, 2013 9:37 PM

    Then there’s the Tom Brady-style extension, in which the player does a deal that creates the impression he’s taking less, actually paying him more, and qualifies him for automatic canonization upon death.
    —————-
    Hilarious! It apropos since everything Brady does seems to portray him as a saint.

  10. joshmeeker says: Feb 27, 2013 9:45 PM

    I always thought the show Roseanne was a lot worse after Dan and Roseanne Connor won the lottery and got rich.

  11. iamapatsfan says: Feb 27, 2013 9:50 PM

    Then there’s the Tom Brady-style extension, in which the player does a deal that creates the impression he’s taking less, actually paying him more, and qualifies him for automatic canonization upon death.

    This is why I read PFT, haha. As a pats fan, I often find, at least it seems to me (probably no more than other fan of any other team sees it from their team’s point of view) that the pats get picked on quite a bit. However, the not-so-subtle sarcasm is right up my alley. Well done. Even if I think that when you look at it, he’s still definitely taking a hometown discount. I know for a fact there are other teams out there that would up that yearly salary by 5-10 mil a year just to have Brady on their team.

    Oh, and I think the Catholic Church is already looking into his 3 miracles for sainthood.

  12. skiss68 says: Feb 27, 2013 9:59 PM

    That is funny how if u hold out you are a greedy cancer in the lockerroom who wont honor their contract. But the team can cut u loose at any time and thats part of the business.

  13. pftbad says: Feb 27, 2013 10:17 PM

    Pathetic hater – your QB is a rapist and looks like a bloated corpse.

    And maybe stop acting like a 13 year old girl.

  14. tjacks7 says: Feb 27, 2013 10:23 PM

    Hurry up and refuse Dan. This could be your only chance to get out before next year.

  15. mrcogburn says: Feb 27, 2013 10:34 PM

    Thanks for publically humiliating Dan Connor. I think we all can hold our heads a little higher now, don’t you?

  16. jerryjonesmustdie83 says: Feb 27, 2013 10:40 PM

    Just cut him. Ernie Simms did a much better job. Even though neither if them could stay healthy at least Ernie could keep up in the middle of the field.

  17. tinbender2000 says: Feb 27, 2013 10:41 PM

    Why pick on a 3 mil linebacker? Give that no good S.O.B. GM an ultimatum, and save a lot more than 3 mil.

  18. selbyrj82 says: Feb 27, 2013 10:49 PM

    Makes sense. The guy might be good but Sean Lee and Bruce Carter are better. He did an okay job filling in when they both went down, but just okay, nothing to write home about. I do think they might be better off letting him go if it frees up cap space.

    I also agree with Chatcowboy on all but one point. Felix Jones absolutely needs to go, I will be baffled if they don’t let him go, but then again it is Jerrah. Im okay with Sensabaugh but wont shed any tears over his departure. I do not want Spencer gone though. When healthy I think he has capabilities to be dominant, and has progressively become more consistent in doing so.

    Like I said though, with Jerrah at the helm its all a crapshoot circus, so speculating only gets us so far as fans.

  19. phillytj says: Feb 27, 2013 11:05 PM

    Looks like we’ll need another ILB in Philly! Getting cut might be a blessing in disguise.

  20. mazblast says: Feb 27, 2013 11:10 PM

    Conner should refuse. He may not get as much money elsewhere, but at least he’d be out of the zoo.

  21. trollaikman8 says: Feb 28, 2013 12:18 AM

    Not a bad player, but not $3M good either.
    He’s just not physical enough….sometimes reminded me of Barbie Carpenter out there.

  22. beerbudsnbevo says: Feb 28, 2013 12:40 AM

    “The Cowboys need to cut his ass so fast..They should already have his stuff packed for him! The same thing goes for Free..A. Spencer..D. Connor..F. Jones..G. Sensabaugh.”

    ****************

    Finally somebody that knows what they are talking about when it comes to the Cowboys

    Problem is they got Bruce Carter and Sean Lee, who when healthy, are good linebackers…

    But they were drafted hurt and stay hurt…

    Better hope Ernie Sims continues to play well if you cut Conner

  23. linvillegorge says: Feb 28, 2013 1:06 AM

    He’s a solid LB. I always liked him when he was here in Carolina. However, $3M? Wow, he’s nowhere close to being worth that.

  24. tiger767 says: Feb 28, 2013 8:13 AM

    he should tell the boys to stick it, another team will grab him..hes a fine LB

  25. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Feb 28, 2013 9:03 AM

    Connor is decent against the run but is a major liability in pass coverage. Consistently beaten by TEs. Jerry picked him up from the Panthers and he is not worth his pay.

  26. dondiraider says: Feb 28, 2013 9:09 AM

    Oakland Raiders !!!! We need solid LB’s.

  27. nj22 says: Feb 28, 2013 9:18 AM

    The fact they haven’t cut him yet, shows how lost Jerry is in player evaluations. He stinks.

  28. simmsmatic says: Feb 28, 2013 9:19 AM

    First good Front Office move ive seen the Cowboys do in a while. He’s injury proned and not worth the salary he is owed.

    With the emergence of Bruce Carter, he isn’t really even needed.

  29. Cereal says: Feb 28, 2013 9:58 AM

    Crazy Dan Connor is a beast who when healthy is a very good LB

  30. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Feb 28, 2013 10:19 AM

    Steelers need an ILB – and Connor could come back home … if we can make it cap-sensible.

  31. daysend564 says: Feb 28, 2013 10:39 AM

    Conner was a SLB in Carolina. Cowboys have a glaring need at SLB. If he takes the paycut, he’s probably the starter.

  32. etexfisherman48 says: Mar 2, 2013 6:39 AM

    Cut him, he is too slow of feet anyway. Can’t cover tightends and backs out of the backfield.

  33. chattcowboy says: Mar 2, 2013 12:04 PM

    The only reason why I get rid of A. Spencer is because he cost too much. His money alone can take care of all the draft.

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