Owner and general manager Jerry Jones is in the process of restructuring the contracts of numerous players, most notably DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, L.P. Ladouceur, Brandon Carr with others still coming or being completed as of today. These new deals are certainly directed at creating room under the NFL's anticipated salary cap of around $126 million. Heading into today, Dallas was around $20 million over, which has obviously changed.
Making much less news than the recent contracts re-worked will be a number of Dallas free agents that will simply drift off into time and space—or simply to another team at some point during the offseason.
I will not address former linebacker Anthony Spencer as I recently spoke out about my thoughts on him. A good player for the Cowboys that really doesn't get the credit he deserves, Spencer does not seem like a very good fit moving forward in defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin's new 4-3 alignment being shaped right now.
At the same time, Jones recently met with Spencer and his agent at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis and it appears there is some interest in retaining the six-veteran—for what I don't know but I expect it could be a linebacker spot.
As the situation with Spencer plays out, here is a look at five players that Dallas should shake hands with and simply bid farewell.
You have a small window of time to make it or break it in the NFL and these guys have had their time. To keep these players means wasted money and likely another drag of a regular season that probably falls short of postseason play yet again.