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Cowboys re-sign Ernie Sims, don’t have much money left to spend

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The Cowboys had to do a lot of maneuvering to get themselves under the cap last week and they’ll likely have to do more of it after re-signing linebacker Ernie Sims.

Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com reports that the team will bring Sims back after signing him off the street and thrusting him into their injury-riddled defense last season. Sims wound up starting six of the 10 games he played in Dallas, recording 44 tackles and a sack as one of the more successful emergency replacements they were able to turn up. Keeping Sims leaves the Cowboys in precarious cap position once again.

Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said that after inking Sims, the team now has “five figures” of cap room available to them. Even the most creative accounting in the world can’t stretch those five figures into a deal for a veteran player, which means that the Cowboys are going to need to find some more money if they want to remain active in the market.

There are options available to them. They could extend quarterback Tony Romo, sign defensive end Anthony Spencer to a long-term deal (something Watkins’ colleague Todd Archer reports they’ll talk about this week) that wipes out his franchise tag or make tackle Doug Free a June 1 cut in order to free up more space.

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9 Responses to “Cowboys re-sign Ernie Sims, don’t have much money left to spend”
  1. traevin says: Mar 18, 2013 4:35 PM

    Super Bowl???

  2. chipwade says: Mar 18, 2013 4:51 PM

    Solid signing! The window is back open!

  3. SparkyGump says: Mar 18, 2013 4:52 PM

    But isn’t Jerry the greatest general manager since Matt Millen?

  4. thrillheaux says: Mar 18, 2013 5:07 PM

    “if they want to remain active in the market.

    There are options available to them… make tackle Doug Free a June 1 cut in order to free up more space.”

    This is not accurate. Per the CBA, bottom of page 93:

    “each Club may desigĀ­nate up to two Player Contracts that, if terminated on or prior to June 1 and if not 93 renegotiated after the last regular season game of the prior League Year, shall be treated (except to the extent prescribed by Section 6(d)(iv) below) as if terminated on June 2, i.e.,
    the Salary Cap charge for each such contract will remain in the Club’s Team Salary until
    June 2, at which time its Paragraph 5 Salary and any unearned LTBE incentives will no
    longer be counted and any unamortized signing bonus will be treated as set forth in
    Subsection (2) below. I”

    It looks like you’re getting that from ESPN Dallas, which claims designating him as a post 6/1 cut will free up his $7m base salary. It WILL, but not until June 2nd, so cutting him will not “allow them to remain active”, it will just allow them to free up some space to sign draft picks and some sparse FA leftovers two and a half months from now.

  5. ccjcsr says: Mar 18, 2013 5:50 PM

    How about learning from past Cap blunders next yr and along with an additional 5 Mill next yr, they will be ok to sign Lee, Dez and Carter.

  6. We'reFineThere says: Mar 18, 2013 6:00 PM

    “Shark in the water”

  7. neva4get5 says: Mar 18, 2013 6:25 PM

    Wow, rumor is Romo 3 yrs…$60mil, guaranteed $$ unknown…Since I graduated from college with an Accounting degree, I just wanted to add this up: 7 yr. starter + 1 playoff win + 4 blown win-in games + continuous golf (instead of football commitment) + 0 clutch potential
    = $20 million /yr!!!……Sounds about right FOR JERRY!

  8. officialgame says: Mar 18, 2013 8:53 PM

    JJ makes Dan Snyder look smart and that ain’t easy to do.

  9. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 18, 2013 9:47 PM

    The way Jerry manages his NFL team reminds me of how congress manages our country’s finances.

    Instead of tackling the real problems and making some tough deceisions like cutting players that cost more than they are worth (think Romo). He chooses to wheel and deal and place band-aids on the huge wounds.

    Kicking the can down the road and just trying to get by for now.

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