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Report: Cowboys $31 million over 2014 cap

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The Cowboys don’t have much cap space left for 2013, if it’s true that they’re thinking about trading for a running back.  They have even less available for 2014.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Cowboys are projected to be $31 million over the 2014 salary cap, following the release of defensive lineman Jay Ratliff.

While it’s often easy via simple restructurings to create cap space, those dollars simply get kicked down the road, creating cap issues in future years.  At some point, teams need to bite the bullet and dump players and cap obligations.

The Steelers, for example, have been pushing cap dollars to future years in recent seasons.  At some point, the day of reckoning will arrive.  (Based on the team’s current performance, some would say it already has.)

The Cowboys aren’t likely to part with players deemed critical to the annual unsuccessful effort to scratch and claw for a playoff berth.  Anyone no longer deemed to be part of the long-term plans, however, could be gone — especially if the Cowboys hope to extend receiver Dez Bryant before he completes his rookie contract next season.

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10 Responses to “Report: Cowboys $31 million over 2014 cap”
  1. uwsptke says: Oct 20, 2013 11:25 AM

    The Steelers, Cowboys and Saints will soon have to pay the piper. I’m still not sure how the Saints expect to sign Jimmy Graham.

  2. jakec4 says: Oct 20, 2013 11:25 AM

    At least have a Super Bowl to show for it.

    At least have a playoff win to show for it.

    At least make the playoffs in a horrible division. There, I found the highest potential for the Cowboys.

  3. wearethesteelers says: Oct 20, 2013 11:25 AM


  4. kperagine says: Oct 20, 2013 11:30 AM

    31 Million over before giving Dez a contract? Yikes. Watcha gon do Jerrah???

  5. adamd1981 says: Oct 20, 2013 11:45 AM


  6. whatjusthapped says: Oct 20, 2013 12:03 PM

    This is outrageous! Jerry Jones should take immediate action and fire the GM. Oh, wait a minute……

  7. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 20, 2013 12:31 PM

    Lions in bad shape too. But a few more mega contracts being passed out will sufficiently kick the can down the road for a more devastating blow up later.

  8. green41563 says: Oct 20, 2013 12:53 PM

    I’m not a Cowboy fan, but for the last 10 years, I’ve read loads of hysterical articles about how some team is facing some sort of cap “disaster.” And it’s almost always nonsense. They said the same thing about the Jets just last year. And now, just a year later, they’re projected to be $48M *under* next year’s cap.

    Truth is, there’s no such thing as a cap disaster. Most times, the cap number can be pared down with easy cuts of very overpaid guys. But even when it’s at its worst, you can basically fix the problem in one season.

  9. wallacejay says: Oct 20, 2013 5:49 PM

    That’s ok because at least Romo is signed & he can carry the team…

  10. trollaikman8 says: Oct 20, 2013 7:47 PM

    No Spencer & Austin would free up $20M.

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