The 2013 NFL salary cap limit appears to be set at $121.1 million. For the Dallas Cowboys, who are already faced with numerous financial constraints heading into 2013, looking for every penny of this cap figure will be a challenge in and of itself.
But that's life in the NFL and the current economic landscape of the league is still fueled by the obsession with parity, a level playing field and being fiscally responsible. Jerry Jones has always operated to his own drum when it comes to player acquisition and free agency and he usually gets what he wants due to his resources.
Look no further than last year's spending spree on Brandon Carr and in prior years on players such as Deion Sanders. The Cowboys on a historical basis usually have no problem rewarding players with lucrative contracts, especially their own free agents.
As an example, Jones has committed significant money to players like Orlando Scandrick, Doug Free, Miles Austin and Gerald Sensabaugh to name a few. But have the results always matched the contract? In some cases, yes, but when the results do not match, and it starts to effect future flexibility, certain decision-making can be limited.
The Cowboys' current salary cap situation, before any restructuring or maneuvering, stands at $139,622,172. If my math is correct, then that means the Cowboys are currently over the cap by $18 million.
So with a lot of work to do and a busy offseason upon us, let's look at how the salary cap breakdown really affects this roster.