Cowboys open to making a deal, but finding a fit hard

AP

The Cowboys have two of the requisites for being involved in deadline trades — immediate needs, and the willingness to make a move.

What they lack is salary cap room to pay the guy they’re bringing in, and that could quell their best intentions of adding some pop to Tuesday’s deadline.

We’re certainly open to it,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said, via Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I know our guys are working back there. I’m working. If the right situation presented itself, we would certainly do something. I mean, it’s no secret we’re moving a lot of guys in and out in our defensive line and that will probably continue to be the case. I think we already have some workouts scheduled for Monday. We’re just taking a look at guys. . . .

“But we certainly would look at any type of situation there if the right deal was there, but we also can’t, for a quick fix, do something that would hurt long term.”

Already limited in the moves they could make this offseason because of salary cap penalties, they’re staring at about $2 million in cap space now, and are projected to be more than $30 million over next year’s cap, so big-ticket additions are going to be hard to pull off.

“At the end of the day it’s got to fit our cap, and that’s another thing,” Jones said. “It would have to really just fit right to sacrifice our cap some, because it will be an issue for us next year, and we certainly manage our salary cap hand in hand with ’13, ’14 and ’15 all side by side as we manage and we see how that affects each year.”

Finding space next offseason will require some cuts and many restructurings, but it’s the kind of space that can be found. The trickier part would be finding someone who could contribute immediately, who another team is willing to part with, who fits into a tight budget slot.

26 responses to “Cowboys open to making a deal, but finding a fit hard

  1. It’s always going to be harder if you don’t have your books clean and in shape for the long-term. If the Cowboys didn’t make so many foolish decisions in the last 5 years, then this wouldn’t be so hard. So they need to think about the next 5 years RIGHT NOW and this time don’t get trapped or pigeon-holed into weak value deals with little leverage or exit strategies. This should be a lot easier than Jerry has been making it.

  2. Mr. Jerral Wayne Jones knows what he is doing. He’s one of the most experienced general managers in the league, if not the most experienced. He built one dynasty and is building another. Dallas vs Denver in the Super Bowl. America’s Team, the most popular and valuable team will win.

  3. Mr. Jerral Wayne Jones knows what he is doing. He’s one of the most experienced general managers in the league, if not the most experienced.
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    I guess family members can post 🙂

  4. I find it funny that people consider it foolish that Jerry has given big contracts to in house high performing players who seem to under perform after their payday, ala J Rat and Miles Austin. Isn’t that how it should be, pay to retain your own guys? Romo, Lee, Ware, Witten and Free. Jerry hasn’t given out a lot of big Free Agent contracts in recent years other than Brandon Carr and he has been solid. Jerry is a much smarter football guy than people give him credit for, he did play and couch at Arkansas and been around football 40+ years. He isn’t Daniel Snyder and just playing Franchise Mode on Madden.

  5. I find it funny that people consider it foolish that Jerry has given big contracts to in house high performing players who seem to under perform after their payday, ala J Rat and Miles Austin. Isn’t that how it should be, pay to retain your own guys? Romo, Lee, Ware, Witten and Free. Jerry hasn’t given out a lot of big Free Agent contracts in recent years other than Brandon Carr and he has been solid. Jerry is a much smarter football guy than people give him credit for, he did play and coach at Arkansas and been around football 40+ years. He isn’t Daniel Snyder and just playing Franchise Mode on Madden.

  6. StratExpert has it right. JJ has put this team at it’s current disadvantage because of his foolish love for name brand players. Long term, future crippling contracts are the essence of the Dallas problem with the recent Ratliff fiasco being the latest example. Spencer, Austin, Ware – thanks for the memories. Romo – keep slingin’. If Tony played for Jimma’, on the 90’s Cowboys he’d have 4 rings to Aikman’s 3.

  7. All the proof you need that Jerry is the worst GM in sports. Pays a ton of money for 0 playoff wins, then have to dump everyone to enjoy 0 more playoff wins after that.

  8. romosrevenge:

    Yeah well if Jerry Jones happened to have a skill for scouting talent, then he would be in a better position. I think that’s where he goes wrong first is that he’s doing the scouting and coming up with bizarre interpretations of what some of these players are worth and how they can fit with his team. That’s fine if you want to own a team and scout your own players, but really you should commit to learning how to scout well and become good at it and that’s something he has not accomplished.

    So he’s dealing with a faulty premise and outlook and then contracting for too high of a price for too low of quality in football talent and usability. In the business world Jerry buys low and sells high, but in the football world he’s doing things backwards. Run your team like you run your businesses…

    If a guy comes into your office and says I can be a great salesman, you don’t give him a $100k signing bonus and say go to work, you more likely say here’s a 100% commission contract and when you prove you are worth $100k, you’ll receive $100k. But here in the football world, guys like Jerry like to pay in advance for guys that don’t have a good story about why they are such a great player. All you have to do if you are Jerry is just don’t get duped, and if you can’t figure out who is a good football value, then I suggest trying to talk with others who are for some alternative advice just to keep you in check with yourself on your own opinions. It’s not that complicated but Jerry makes it complicated.

  9. blackbug99 says: Oct 25, 2013 3:08 PM

    Mr. Jerral Wayne Jones knows what he is doing. He’s one of the most experienced general managers in the league, if not the most experienced.
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    I guess family members can post 🙂
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    Even if they don’t believe what they’re saying….

  10. Silly cowgirls fans.!!!!!!!! Remember its week 8 which means. BOOM BOOM.!!!!! That’s your season going up in flames right about NOW.!!!!!!!! I Thank GOD Everyday That I am a REDSKINS FAN FOR LIFE.!!!!!!!!!!

  11. The only way to solve the cap problem league wide and make it better football and reduce injuries is to institute a cap per position:

    You can spend X on the QB position – give it all to one guy or spread it over ten guys – your choice. Same for OL and RB and DL and LB, etc.

    Let’s say the cap for QBs is $10M. That means a team CAN’T put $15M a year into one QB. That also means they will have to spend that money elsewhere, like the OL to protect the QB. There is such horrible line play right now because all the teams with high paid QBs can’t spend much on the OL to protect them.

    They keep changing the rules to protect QBs when they should change the cap to allow for better OL.

  12. You know I didn’t realize the Boys were that close to the cap. Makes you think the better when this thing in the next few years are they are going to be waiting a while

  13. larrydavid7000 call me when your team is relevant again for more than 1 season in a row. Redskins fans are the biggest blind homers in sports. You have an awful owner who has ruined your franchise and still you make fun of Jerry. Last time I checked we compete for the division practically every year. Morons.

  14. MyTeamsAllStink says:
    Oct 25, 2013 4:36 PM
    get as many draft picks as you can from Jerrah.Not like he’s ever used them correctly

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    Last I checked pretty much all of our picks this year were starting and contributing at a high level but I appreciate the canned hater response. Also, Dez and Sean Lee say “Hi”.

  15. I would like to see Dallas get a better RB. I like Murray, but an upgrade at that position would be a tremendous help. With T. Williams stepping up, I wouldn’t mind adding Miles to the mix of that trade. Salary cap would be an issue though so maybe I’m doing nothing more than dreaming. Hmmmm raiders could use a WR, what about a deal for McFadden. Miles, Murray and McFadden, hey niether one will last the entire year anyway

  16. mayerobery or whatever you call your sad self. At least my team is not run by some Moron who thinks he is the model gm. Your leader is a huge CLOWN. Along with that backs up a choke artist QB and thinks he is going to deliver a playoff game. Keep waiting then cause its not gonna happened. So stop worrying about me cause I am all right check yourself first. HTTR FOR LIFE Biatch

  17. thestrategyexpert :

    What do you do for a living? What teams are knocking at your door for your great expertise? Oh that’s right you give all the secrets for free on PFT. No need for a team to contact you. Now fetch me some large fries. Xtra crispy easy salt.

    700levelvet says:

    What’s the Deadskin’s record again? Enough said Pou C!!!

    bucrightoff says:

    You are the biggest idiot ever. Stop being a sheep and get your facts right. Jerry Jones has 3 Super Bowl wins so I’m sure they had to win a few playoffs to get those rings. IDIOT!!!

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