Not enjoying Sundays without the Cowboys? Me neither. I can bet that Jerry Jones isn’t enjoying himself right now either.
Things have got to change.
This 2013 offseason presents the Cowboys with a very big challenge. The team must find a way to improve while manipulating a team budget that currently has them $22 million over the cap.
The Cowboys have suffered in years past by trying to minimize the amount of money penalized in player cuts by designating players as post-June 1 cuts. Players designated as post-June 1 cuts have their guaranteed money spread out over two years from the team that released them.
In 2012 the Cowboys were still paying the bonuses of Terence Newman, David Buehler, Kyle Kosier, Tashard Choice, Brodney Pool, Marion Barber, Bill Nagy, Leonard Davis, Levy Adcock, Shaun Chapas, Saalim Hakim, Stephen McGee and Mario Butler.
That’s a lot of people to be paying while not receiving any type of return from them.
Jerry Jones is a savvy businessman who finds ways to bring in new players to the organization, but in doing so he has been ruining the future of the organization.
Things have finally started catching up to Jones. Because of the front office’s inability to execute its budget the Cowboys are going to be forced to watch a key player depart through free agency.
Anthony Spencer compiled a stat line of 95 tackles, 11 sacks and two forced fumbles for the Cowboys this season. Now he’ll be asked to walk away because of the Cowboys' lack of financial responsibility.
If the Cowboys aren’t careful this could be an annual occurrence.
The Cowboys have done a decent job in establishing a core group of young players in the last four years. This core needs to stay in place if the Cowboys hope to regain the success they achieved in the Tom Landry and Jimmie Johnson days.
Sean Lee will be a free agent after the 2013 season and Dez Bryant will be a free agent after the 2014 season. These two players are huge assets for the Cowboys, assets that could be looking for new homes in the future if the Cowboys don’t get better with their resource management.
I’m not asking the Cowboys to be cheap or inactive. I am, however, asking that the Cowboys have some foresight before making snap decisions.
There is enough talent on this roster for the team to be a contender. Jerry Jones doesn’t need to go on a spending spree to upgrade positions that will jeopardize franchise players’ status with the organization in the near future.
Jerry, please take my advice. Limit your magical cap manipulation and manage your contracts correctly. Don’t make a big splash that you think fans want from you in free agency. Trust your player development, scouts and coaches to maximize this draft and the team’s roster.
If you don’t listen, the Cowboys will find themselves in an infinite loop of mediocrity.