Will the Cowboys have enough money to sign free agents?
In my 2011 Free Agency/Draft Guide, I argued that, in a dream world, there would be 10 (very productive) new faces in Dallas this season:
- Marcell Dareus/Cameron Jordan
- Gabe Carimi/Ben Ijalana
- Aaron Williams
- Nate Irving
- Dion Lewis
- Jeremy Kerley
- Steven Friday
- Michael Huff
- Davin Joseph
- Kris Brown (technically already on roster)
A few of you questioned how the Cowboys could make this work financially. Well, here are 10 guys who would be released to make financial room for the newcomers.
The Automatic Cuts/Unsigned Players
- Marion Barber
- Marc Colombo
- Leon Williams
- Marcus Spears
- Alex Barron
- Keith Brooking
- Igor Olshansky
- Leonard Davis
- Kevin Ogletree
- Roy Williams
- Terence Newman (restructure deal if possible)
The big-money free agents for Dallas include Michael Huff, the first-round selection, and Doug Free. Davin Joseph would be a step below, and all of the other players would come relatively cheaply.
Do the potential departures above allow for the Cowboys to acquire enough cash to sign all of the newcomers, plus Free? It’s so difficult to tell for sure because specific contract information is, for whatever reason, rarely made entirely public. When it is, it’s often inaccurate.
What we know is the Cowboys will save quite a bit of dough by releasing Barber and Davis. If Newman is willing to restructure his deal, it’s certainly possible the ‘Boys could shape the new contracts in such a way that they’d make sense financially. For all of the crap the front office receives, the Cowboys have done a hell of a job over the last decade in structuring contracts to fit under the cap.