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By Jonathan Bales

Running the Numbers: Cowboys’ Top Cap-Based Values

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At DallasCowboys.com, I broke down the top five values on the Cowboys in terms of 2013 base salaries.

Top 5 Cap-Based Values for Cowboys in 2013

5. DeMarco Murray: $620,000

You don’t really need numbers to show Murray’s importance to Dallas; if you watched Cowboys games this year, you couldn’t miss it. The offense is exponentially more potent with Murray in the backfield, as his career 4.8 yards per carry suggests. If running back efficiency weren’t so poorly correlated with team success (suggesting running backs play a relatively unimportant position), Murray would be higher on the list.

4. Tyron Smith: $1.5 million

Smith’s transition to left tackle wasn’t an easy one this season; the second-year player allowed pressure at nearly twice the rate as in his rookie campaign at right tackle. However, Smith progressed as the season rolled along and played quite well over the final quarter of the year. More important, it’s extremely rare to find a franchise left tackle with a price tag as low as Smith’s. Paying just $1.5 million to a player with Pro Bowl-caliber ability at a position as vital as left tackle is valuable.

3. DeMarcus Ware: $5.5 million

Ware’s presence as my third-best cap-value shows you just how much cap-based value differs from inherent value. Ware is still the Cowboys’ best all-around player, despite a “down year” in which he recorded 11.5 sacks while working through injuries. The total value of Ware’s $79 million contract exceeds everyone else on the team, but his 2013 base salary of $5.5 million is relatively low for an elite edge-rusher.

Check out the whole article at the team site. My next post will examine the five worst values.

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