With the recent restructuring of five different contracts in Dallas and the NFL announcing yesterday that the salary cap will be $123M rather than $120.6M the Cowboys have found a way to get roughly $2.9M under the cap. This is just the tip of the iceberg though. It’s still likely that they will work out an extension with Tony Romo and surely have a few cuts to make. Here’s a look at some of the potential cap casualties in Dallas.
Doug Free: No matter where they put Free on their offensive line, he struggles. If the Cowboys cut Free and I’m sure they will, they will save $7M against the cap. This one is almost a given. Could provide solid depth on the offensive line somewhere, just not Dallas.
Orlando Scandrick: Not sure they’ll cut him, but they absolutely have to do something with his contract. Last season Scandrick was fourth on the depth chart at cornerback. Next season he will likely take Mike Jenkins spot in the slot. His cap hit of nearly $4M is a bit much for an average at best nickel corner. Can thank Rob Ryan for this contract...
Gerald Sensabaugh: With Barry Church becoming more prominent in the Dallas secondary, having Sensabaugh at nearly $4M is just a bit much for a very average safety. Average at best. Many feel the Cowboys are going to draft a safety in the early rounds of the draft. That will leave Sensabaugh the odd man out. They can save $3M against the cap if they cut him.
Jay Ratliff: Not sure they can or will cut Ratliff, but they absolutely must restructure his deal. He carries a cap hit of $7M, which is an absurd number based on his production. His durability is starting to become a real issue as well. Didn’t even register a single sack last season.
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