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Cowboys make enough moves to get under the cap again

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In an annual rite that is as discussed and as worried-about and as inevitable as potty training infants, the Cowboys are under the salary cap before the start of the league year.

Amazingly, it happened again.

Via Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the final touches came Friday with the release of center Phil Costa and a restructuring for guard Mackenzy Bernadeau.

Of course, every team in the league has to be under the cap for the start of the league year, so it’s not as if the Cowboys have actually achieved anything. But it’s the Cowboys, so their ability to do it earns them notice beyond the normal participation certificate.

The Cowboys created most of the cap room over the course of the week, by re-doing the deals of linebacker Sean Lee, cornerback Orlando Scandrick and quarterback Tony Romo, whose contract has undergone more restructures than Joan Rivers’ face.

They can create more room to actually make moves by doing something with defensive end DeMarcus Ware’s contract, or by cutting wide receiver Miles Austin.

Of course, all those moves also make it more difficult for them to get under the cap again next year, since all the restructures just add to future liabilities.

But we’ll talk about that next year. We always do.

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45 Responses to “Cowboys make enough moves to get under the cap again”
  1. conormacleod says: Mar 7, 2014 5:29 PM

    Hello 8-8. Again.

  2. shaggytoodle says: Mar 7, 2014 5:34 PM

    Yeah the GM hands out a handful of terrible contracts, and then they get in a pinch with the cap.

    Then the GM has had a bunch of mediocre draft classes the last half dozen years, and not being able to improve in FA.

    That’s a great way to get stuck in mediocrity and for most GMs to get fired.

  3. bewaredware says: Mar 7, 2014 5:36 PM

    It’s hard being a cowboys fan

  4. ariani1985 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:38 PM

    And I thought green bay was a laughing stock of the league!

    Skol

  5. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 7, 2014 5:39 PM

    It’s some funny math but Jerry knows how to manipulate the signing bonus loop to get in salary compliance.

    Is it a short term approach that will squeeze them later? Yes probably.

    Does it mean he will be able to field a super bowl team now? No of course not.

  6. bostroff says: Mar 7, 2014 5:39 PM

    “quarterback Tony Romo, whose contract has undergone more restructures than Joan Rivers’ face” = Priceless

  7. thetroofishere says: Mar 7, 2014 5:41 PM

    How could Romo’s deal been restructured more times than Joan Rivers face when he just inked the deal last year?

  8. chawkup says: Mar 7, 2014 5:43 PM

    This is idiotic. If you have an elite team and you are trying to keep your window open for a few more years, then it makes sense to forfeit the future for a year or two in order to go for the title. But that is not what the Cowboys have. They are already mediocre. Their strategy, at best, is going to make them a perpetually .500 team. It’s time to blow the whole thing up, stink for a few years while you get your cap back in order, and then build that team of the future. This isn’t rocket science.

  9. sportsfan18 says: Mar 7, 2014 5:48 PM

    Talking about an 8 & 8 teams doesn’t make too much sense…

    They aren’t terrible to warrant all the what in the hell are we going to do scenarios and they aren’t 14 and 2 and worthy of being feted non-stop…

    They are blah. They just are. They are background noise.

    I mean it isn’t just for the past three seasons folks…

    Jerry’s Boys are exactly .500 over the past 17 SEASONS…

    They are beige paint on the walls… they are just there.

  10. nonamechangecom says: Mar 7, 2014 5:49 PM

    The only move Dallas needs to make is to cut Romo. As a Redskins fan, I’m happy they don’t see that. NoNameChange

  11. dccowboy says: Mar 7, 2014 6:03 PM

    I don’t think you ‘guys’ give Stephen Jones enough credit for cap management. Every year, during the off season, you make prognostications of doom, and every year Dallas ‘amazes’ you when they get under the cap.

    I think Stephen knew exactly what he needed to do regarding the cap, down to specific players, as far back as when they extended Romo. The unexpected increase in the salary cap just made it that much easier.

  12. dccowboy says: Mar 7, 2014 6:04 PM

    nonamechangecom says: Mar 7, 2014 5:49 PM

    The only move Dallas needs to make is to cut Romo. As a Redskins fan, I’m happy they don’t see that. NoNameChange

    ================

    LOL, given that Romo spanked your team 2X last season I can see why you would feel that way.

  13. backdapack4evr says: Mar 7, 2014 6:04 PM

    Notice how bad the cowboys are that the Vikings are worse by not making the playoffs for 7 years straight!!
    Lol

  14. mrbigass says: Mar 7, 2014 6:05 PM

    So why the Joan Rivers bashing? She is such a beautiful human being and deserves better than your cheap shot sarcasm……….hehe

  15. aldavisisthenfl says: Mar 7, 2014 6:08 PM

    Jerry manages like a fantasy league…..that team is just a bunch of overpriced junk…..

  16. dccowboy says: Mar 7, 2014 6:10 PM

    Okay, so if Dallas cuts Romo they would incur an immediate $30 MILLION cap hit. Please explain how this would ‘benefit’ Dallas?

  17. dapollock69 says: Mar 7, 2014 6:10 PM

    Joan Rivers or Jerry jones – either answer would have been acceptable.

  18. lingsun54 says: Mar 7, 2014 6:12 PM

    Romo is a very good QB. He’s a lot better now than RG3 will ever be. He’s never going to be elite but if he had a better offensive line it would help. As a Lions fan I have to say that Romo is better than any Lions QB of the last 50 years unless you say Stafford is better than Romo.

  19. dickshotdogs says: Mar 7, 2014 6:14 PM

    You could have substituted Joan Rivers with Jerry.

  20. umainebearman says: Mar 7, 2014 6:17 PM

    nonamechangecom says: Mar 7, 2014 5:49 PM

    The only move Dallas needs to make is to cut Romo. As a Redskins fan, I’m happy they don’t see that. NoNameChange

    Thats funny since it was Romo who basically single handedly beat your redskins. Also leave it to a brain dead ‘Skins fan to not see the cap implications of cutting someone. I know seeing your savior (man I love to hear skins fans call Bobby Grif that) benched like a 3rd string qb because their season was lost 5 weeks before. It warms my heart to see you kids at the bottom of the worst division in football. 3-13 and 0-6 in the division, The Giants beat you twice! LOL

  21. jeremycrowhurst says: Mar 7, 2014 6:22 PM

    They’ll need another $1.95 million or so to sign their draft picks, according to overthecap.com.

    Good luck with that, Jerry!

  22. paulsmith107 says: Mar 7, 2014 6:29 PM

    Redskins fans are the dumbest breed of fan. They are so loud for being a team that basically had one year out of the top ten in the draft. Bravo knuckleheads you’ve earned the right to be the most obnoxious tools

  23. purpleguy says: Mar 7, 2014 6:30 PM

    Maybe they should change their name from Cowboys to “Down the Road Can Kickers”.

  24. whatjusthapped says: Mar 7, 2014 6:31 PM

    Just the price of operating without a real GM.

    What’s the old saying about the definition of insanity, “doing the same things over and over again and expecting something to change”

  25. bigkat74 says: Mar 7, 2014 6:38 PM

    Yeah they really had to “work”. They activated 3 restructures that were built into original contracts, cut a guy, and got one to take a paycut. So much for the “salary cap hell” year after year the media keeps saying they are facing. And all this was done without touching Ware or Austin…hmmm!

  26. fissels says: Mar 7, 2014 6:38 PM

    Did you have to mention Joan River’s face? It’s hard enough reading about the ineptitude of the guy with the D on his hat. I wonder what the D really stands for.

  27. hawkforlife says: Mar 7, 2014 6:39 PM

    whose contract has undergone more restructures than Joan Rivers’ face.

    And that’s worth 2 points. :D

  28. 25cuts says: Mar 7, 2014 6:41 PM

    As an eagles fan I hope they keep the same owner and coach and qb.

    Ps skins just stink

  29. rextraordinaire says: Mar 7, 2014 6:49 PM

    Good thing the owner is also the GM and will never fire himself, because who on earth would want a GM job in Dallas and discover that a good chunk of the cap is in dead money going to guys who are now real estate agents, and other kinds of hot garbage?

  30. mn2long says: Mar 7, 2014 6:49 PM

    In a related story, Tony Romo’s base salary for 2017 is 90 million dollars…

  31. mudflapjesus says: Mar 7, 2014 6:52 PM

    As a Cowboys fan I’m just happy the Washington Crap Football team (or whatever they call themselves now) is still in the NFC East. I enjoy the wins.

  32. rajbais says: Mar 7, 2014 6:55 PM

    Austin should have been cut after 2012.

    He can’t stay healthy.

  33. doclolly says: Mar 7, 2014 7:07 PM

    Jerrah always likes to bring up how this cowboys team window is closing… Well eventually it will shut and he just has to bite the bullet and cut all these albatross contracts go 5-11 or worse, get a decent pick and restart… Of but of course jerrah wont do this because that would cause him to act like a real gm

  34. tindeaux says: Mar 7, 2014 7:09 PM

    i’m telling ya man, cut antonio romo then you’ll have tons of cap room to play with.

    the cowboys are a romo away from winning a playoff game!

  35. slobberknocker says: Mar 7, 2014 7:14 PM

    “…so it’s not as if the Cowboys have actually achieved anything.”

    Not true, they’ve achieved hanging on to Jerry Jones.

  36. djshnooks says: Mar 7, 2014 7:16 PM

    And Joan Rivers’ face still looks better than Tony Romo’s game does.

    They will never win anything with him.

  37. jerryjonessaidwhat says: Mar 7, 2014 7:22 PM

    And by 2020 the club must field a 53 man roster with $8.83 to work with…because of all the dead money

  38. chinahand11 says: Mar 7, 2014 7:35 PM

    Thanks for the Joan Rivers shout-out, Darin. Awesomely witty.

  39. dallashomer says: Mar 7, 2014 8:10 PM

    Yes, but has Romo’s contract been reworked more than Jerry Jones’s face?

  40. vikescry1 says: Mar 7, 2014 8:12 PM

    just release ware so my team can go get him already…

  41. officialgame says: Mar 7, 2014 8:16 PM

    How bout dem Cowboys crows Bozo the Clown.

  42. ravenswhat says: Mar 7, 2014 8:18 PM

    Good job Jerry!!! LOL

  43. abninf says: Mar 7, 2014 8:49 PM

    nonamechangecom says:
    Mar 7, 2014 5:49 PM
    The only move Dallas needs to make is to cut Romo. As a Redskins fan, I’m happy they don’t see that. NoNameChange
    ————————————————–

    Dallas has more Super Bowl wins in the last 20-some years than the Redskins have playoff appearances.

  44. ragnarthemagnificent says: Mar 7, 2014 11:13 PM

    Cowpolks are a disaster. Why would you reward the qb of 3 consecutive 8-8 seasons with an elite level contract? Jerry is giving ol Al Davis a run for the crazies. This team has no foresight at all. Empty shells in a soul-less stadium.

  45. skinsfolife says: Mar 8, 2014 10:29 PM

    abninf says:
    Mar 7, 2014 8:49 PM
    nonamechangecom says:
    Mar 7, 2014 5:49 PM
    The only move Dallas needs to make is to cut Romo. As a Redskins fan, I’m happy they don’t see that. NoNameChange
    ————————————————–

    Dallas has more Super Bowl wins in the last 20-some years than the Redskins have playoff appearances.

    ___________________________
    Time for a history lesson abninf.
    The cowgirls have won the super bowl in 94 and 96 (in the last 20 years). The SKINS have been to the playoffs in 1999, 2005, 2007, and 2012. I am hoping you can do a little math, but judging your intelligence from your post I think I am going to have to help you with this one. That is 4 playoff appearances to 2 Super Bowl wins. Your statement is not true.

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