Jerry Jones says cap kept them from keeping DeMarco

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Running back DeMarco Murray has left the Cowboys for the Eagles.  Owner Jerry Jones has blamed it on the salary cap.

“We have great appreciation for his skills, and if there was no salary cap in place, DeMarco would be a Cowboy,” Jones said in a statement issued by the team.  “This came down to an allocation of dollars within the management of the salary cap.”

That’s a obvious explanation, but the Cowboys could have found a way to keep Murray if they really wanted to.  They didn’t think he deserved a $42 million contract over five years with $21 million guaranteed because they think that, dollar for dollar, they can get better performance from someone much cheaper.

“Obviously there is emotion involved in these decisions, but it is critical that there be must be discipline involved as well,” Jones said.  “If it were a question of having an open checkbook with no salary cap constraints, we all know things would have worked out differently.”

That part is 100 percent accurate.  With no cap, Jones would spend millions upon millions in an effort to build a championship team.  While many believe it would throw the NFL’s competitive balance out of whack, it would be interesting to see how groups of hungry, underpaid players would compete with collections of superstars in the ultimate team sport.

“We have recently made significant commitments to top players who are currently on the team, specifically at key positions such as quarterback, left tackle and wide receiver, and we were comfortable with the offer that we made to DeMarco to include him in that structure,” Jones explained.

The statement from Jones strongly implies that the team will have a hard time fitting another big-money tailback within that structure, which would seem to take the Cowboys out of play for Adrian Peterson, if the Vikings are willing to trade him.

72 responses to “Jerry Jones says cap kept them from keeping DeMarco

  1. At least we ran Murray into the ground with almost 400 caries last season before he switched sides. By no means is Jerry Jones a personnel genius but he made the right choice. The draft is deep at running back and the young Cowboys offensive line is good enough to make an average back a 1,000 yard rusher. Murray is a good back but his fumbling problems and durability aren’t worth that much money.

  2. When the Cowboys do dumb things they do them big and usually within a few days apart.

    10 to 1 says they sign Trent Richardson…

  3. If only he knew where their money went…

    2015 Cap Hits

    Tony Romo $27,773,000
    Drew Brees $26,400,000
    Eli Manning $19,750,000
    Matt Ryan $19,500,000
    Ben Roethlisberger $18,395,000
    Aaron Rodgers $18,250,000
    Matt Stafford $17,721,250
    Peyton Manning $17,500,000

  4. If he signs him, everyone says he’s stupid, when he doesn’t, he’s stupid again. Couch GM’s…..

    On that note, smart decision.

  5. Every player who has left Philly is calling other players and telling anyone who will listen how happy they are to be out of Philly. Demarco will regret joining a team who has won NOTHING EVER. No superbowls and they NEVER will. Chip Kelly is an idiot.

  6. Jerry only cares about selling tickets and trinkets like he has done for so many years. Gullible Cowboys fans have put up with a .500 team since 1997 and Jerry knows it.

  7. Thank you Jerry for showing some nuts! All Cowboys fans know Murray not worth that. Let Murray and his agent pimp the Eagles, not paying a RB like that is the smart thing to do.

    Looking forward to seeing Murray run against a 9 man front, because not one receiver on the Eagles should scare anyone.

    At the end of the day Murray isn’t worth mortgaging our team for. That’s what people fail to realize. We could’ve matched and we CHOSE not to….because we don’t see value in what Eagles grossly overpaid for. We wish Murray the best, we knew he was leaving we just hate we have to hate his guts now in Philly.

    Best Wishes Murray. Good job Jerry….

  8. Well maybe if the GM didn’t hand out horrible contracts they would be in salary cap trouble, yeah he may have played 16 games once, but it contributed to the best season Dallas has had in over a decade.

  9. Jerruh obviously feels that running back is a replaceable position.

    I tend to agree with him, too. Provided you have a franchise QB in place.

  10. Relax everyone the days of throwing money at players after one great year are over remember barber everything will be fine. Wait and c wish demarco good luck except for 2 x year. And I might be the only one but I would like to c Trent Richardson on a cheap deal what do you have to lose.

  11. Make no mistake Cowboy fans, this was the right move…not because of the of the year Murray just had but because of the prior three years. For the ‘Boys to truly capitalize on this tough decision to let Murray walk, THEY HAVE TO HIT ON A RB and not sign a FA (although I think Richardson would be a good acquisition for the price) but if the ‘Boys draft TODD GURLEY let’s say (assuming Baltimore passes on him), then the Cowboys just got better while paying less (when was the last time you can say that).

  12. Credit where credit is due– Jerry has done a great job (or at least made himself listen to someone who has done a great job.) They’ll bring someone in to run the ball well enough. Philly is a mixed-up mess.

    I’m not a Dallas fan but– Deal with it folks– Dallas is one of the top teams again.

  13. Jerrah always has been and will always be full of b.s. There is not a team in the NFL (other than cowboys) who would pay Romo 27M. Jerrah has thought Romo an elite QB since signing him and what has he did….besides nothing.

  14. Dead money is costing Jerry for his past sins. With the line he has finally built, many good running backs can flourish. Now Jerry must find him before his window finally closes.

  15. “The draft is deep at running back and the young Cowboys offensive line is good enough to make an average back a 1,000 yard rusher.”

    Where are they going to get the other 800 rushing yards?

    Dallas without a strong run game is an 8-8 team at best, proven over and over

  16. the90salloveragain says: Mar 12, 2015 8:41 PM

    Relax everyone the days of throwing money at players after one great year are over remember barber everything will be fine. Wait and c wish demarco good luck except for 2 x year. And I might be the only one but I would like to c Trent Richardson on a cheap deal what do you have to lose.
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    According to Trent Richardson, about 3 pounds.

  17. You can’t say if the cowboys draft TODD GURLEY that he will do just as good or better. The draft is a gamble. There are no guarantees that a college RB is going to successfully transition. 1st round busts are all too common. You can roll the dice all you want but the fact is the proven guys are the only guys you can rely on. Keep up with that false hope enjoy sucking on those sour lemons.

  18. GM of the year. Best draft in the league the last 2 years. This is the way to build a team. O LINE. Now for the D….. Lee and Kitchens at LB Lawrence at the rush edge – a couple more pieces and it could happen…. RB’s are replaceable with that line. I could see Ryan Williams coming as the lead back..

  19. Between passing on Johnny Football and not overpaying for Murray the Cowboys front office actually appears to have a clue (and I’m a Chiefs fan)

  20. I actually think Jerry made the right choice. Just check the stats. Murray averaged 4.7 yds a carry on 392 atts. His backup Joseph Randle averaged 6.7 yds a carry on 51 atts. Im not saying Randle is better than Murray but with that O-line any talented back that works hard can have a huge impact on their team. As a bucs fan im jealous to be honest. They can get a guy in the 3rd or 4th round like David Johnson and most likely have a successful running game.

  21. I believe JJ may just be the GM of the whole division this year. Lots of head shakers in the NFC East this off season. Why screw up one used to be perennial powerhouse when you can screw up a whole division. It all makes sense now.

    Snark off

    Go Hawks

  22. Justin Forsett would’ve been a nice replacement but the Ravens got him to resign on the cheap. There’s definitely no room for Peterson, unless he has another domestic issue real fast.
    Looks like it’ll be the draft + preseason cuts.

  23. If Jerry signed Murray he would be an idiot, over paying for a well used, injury prone RB with a fumbling problem, if he let him walk in FA he is an idiot who didn’t save enough cap room for a quality RB. You guys are all the same. Here’s an idea, try to be objective, I’ll show you how it’s done….

    For the last two years I like what Chip has brought to the Eagles and generally speaking the NFL. His up tempo football is exciting and innovative but his personnel moves this offseason have been questionable, it will be interesting to watch the NFCE play out this year.

  24. Cowboys Fans 2014: Demarco Murray is the best halfback in the league!! MVP!!!!!

    Cowboys Fans 2015: Murray is overrated, have fun with him in Philly the only reason he was good is because of our line

    I think you’ll find out next year that a good line is only half of it

  25. Vikings are trying to raise AP’s trade value.
    Jerrah Jones is trying to lower it by pretending they can’t spend that kind of money.
    –It’s very simple!

  26. Cowboys may have ran Murray into the ground but he has less career carries than McCoy and with Ryan Matthews, Polk, and Sproles, he may get more of a rest in Philly.

  27. It may have been a good move for the Cowboys not to sign him, but the only reason it came to losing Murray is because of bad contract the Cowboys signed in the past, overpaying players.

  28. Problem is Jerrah you are now forced to use a valuable draft choice on a RB instead of using it on a junk defender.

  29. Murray was awesome, and very well could be this year. The money the Eagles paid though is crazy. That backfield has way too much tied up for the salary cap. No question they got a solid back, but it’s hard not to say it was a questionable choice based on what they already had.

    All in all, Dallas was smart not to commit that much, but they will be sad if one of those RBs in the draft is a bust.

  30. They Made a HUGE Mistake here! First game against the Cowbows will be 280 Yards and 5 Touchdowns and I will laugh at Jerry! 8 Million Per Year for back of that caliber is a Steal by today’s standards. If the Cowgirls do not get AP, Their ship will sink! Romo will get “Crushed” by Fierce pass rushes! Romo Can’t Run or Hide Nor Take the Vicious Hits and it will be Game Over! Cowboy’s will be 8-8 AGAIN!!!

  31. C.J Spiller and draft another running back. Who’s that kid from Wisconsin??? I also watched the idiot that likes to steal underwater average like 12 yards a carry behind this line.. I’m not worried

  32. The great thing about Murray going to Philly is that he will get to go against his former team twice, so we all we see if it was just the OL that made him look good, or here’s a shocker he actually is talented and it was a combination of both which led to his great season.

    The RB position has and continue to be devalued but there is no guarantee that any rookie or FA will be able to come in a do what Murray did this season. I expect the Cowboys to employ a RB by committee with 2-3 guys.

  33. That’s what happens when you overspend on a QB who’s yet to win a big game and a loose-cannon WR. Sure you would have loved to keep him if you had unlimited spending. A statement like that is simply Jerry admitting he and his staff are clueless when it comes to handling the cap. Embarrassing.

  34. The most overrated, overpaid QB in the league.

    _____________________________________

    Sir I think that title belongs to Jay Cutler.

  35. mweekes22 says: Mar 12, 2015 8:16 PM

    At least we ran Murray into the ground with almost 400 caries last season before he switched sides. By no means is Jerry Jones a personnel genius but he made the right choice. The draft is deep at running back and the young Cowboys offensive line is good enough to make an average back a 1,000 yard rusher. Murray is a good back but his fumbling problems and durability aren’t worth that much money.
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    I understand what you’re saying, but I don’t think it’s as much as a risk for the Eagles as you think. To begin with, Chip’s conditioning program has resulted in the Eagles having one of the healthiest rosters since he took over the team. Top of the list one year, and 4th or 5th I believe the other. Additionally, With Matthews and Sproles on the roster, the Eagles can give him fewer carries to reduce the odds he breaks down on them.

  36. As an Eagles fan, can we hire Jerry Jones to be our GM? He seems to understand the salary cap and roster construction better than our GM. Or at least bring back Howie.

  37. Salary Cap helps the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. It really does nothing for competitive balance which is why hockey, the game that they LOVE to use as an example of parity has just about the same teams in the playoffs for the last few years (Bruins, Blackhawks, Penguins, Kings, Redwings, etc.) and the same teams in the finals minus a few different ones. Notice they’re all big market teams too though sometimes a smaller team will squeeze in much like the NBA which has a soft cap and the pendulum swings a bit more.

    And then there’s baseball with no salary cap and all and whoa….parity. In fact the team that just keeps on winning happens to be in one of the smallest markets while the Evil Empire can’t buy a championship. You know…one of the main arguments for a salary cap.

    Go figure.

  38. “allocation of dollars within the management of the salary cap.”

    Well Jerry, it’s sure is a good thing you are still paying Mo Claiborne millions after being PFF’s 93rd rated corner in the league and tearing a patellar tendon.

  39. was it laundry day for all the ciwboys fans and jerrah…cause all this spinning is more dizing then watching a washing machines spin cycle…js.

  40. I understand his logic. For his team, in his situation, he may be right. The Eagles let Maclin go for the same reason. Dallas feels they can get a younger, cheaper RB in the draft. The Eagles feel they can get a younger, cheaper WR in the draft. Jones has to deal with 28 mil for Romo, 13 mil for Dez, 12.7 mil for Carr and 8.5 mil for Whitten. That’s a shat ton of money at the top of that roster.

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