There is a bright side for the Cowboys
|ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer explains how the Cowboys violated a rule that did not exist during an uncapped year. |
The Cowboys can create room under the salary cap by releasing Terence Newman (as much as $6 million) and restructuring the deals of Dez Bryant, DeMarcus Ware, Orlando Scandrick and Doug Free (saves nearly $13 million). Kenyon Coleman could also get clipped at a savings of $1.9 million.
So if all goes well (again, we think), the Cowboys might be able to save about $20 million if they rework some deals.
But the Cowboys still have some work to do once things get cleared up.
They need to put a tender on fullback Tony Fiammetta, re-sign Laurent Robinson, figure out what to pay Mat McBriar and find a cornerback and possibly a guard/center in free agency.
When it comes to the draft, the Cowboys will have the rookie pool to help them out at an undetermined financial amount.
Yes the Cowboys should have more money to spend, but they don't, so now they have to live with the strange ruling by the league today and move forward, starting Tuesday afternoon when free agency begins.
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