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Learning from 49ers', Cowboys' salary cap lessons

Teams should learn from 49ers' and Cowboys' excesses with the salary cap.

Updated: March 9, 2001, 3:47 PM ET
By Glenn Dickey | Pro Football Weekly

The Cowboys and 49ers pioneered salary-cap woes. Both teams crashed at the end of the 1990s, and both teams are still mired in the mud of past excesses.

But the Cowboys and 49ers got a lot of bang for their bucks. The Cowboys won three Super Bowls in a four-year period. The 49ers won their fifth Super Bowl in January of '95 and remained in championship contention until Steve Young's career ended abruptly early in the '99 season.

Other teams haven't fared so well. The Jaguars, ...

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