Potential 2013 Dallas Cowboys roster changes
The 2012 season is over for the Dallas Cowboys, and now we look onto the potential 2013 Dallas Cowboys roster changes. The Cowboys will potentially let 19 players to gallop to other teams, and that doesn’t even include cap causalities this offseason. The main issue that will drive the Cowboys decisions on the roster during the offseason is the salary cap.The Cowboys will be around 22 million dollars over the projected salary cap limit. One of the ways the Cowboys will try to fix that cap number is through Tony Romo’s extension.
I don’t believe Romo should continue with Jerry’s world anymore, but the Cowboys are the only team he has ever known. Any extension will do everything necessary to lower his cap hit in 2013, which is projected to be 17,228,000 dollars. If the Cowboys can lower it to seven million at the most or nine million at the highest, then the Cowboys will be in better shape to fix the cap issues. Assuming the Cowboys extend Romo and his cap hit to eight million dollars for 2013, then the Cowboys will have to trim 14 million more. The biggest cap hit in 2013 other than Romo is Brandon Carr, but he’s already signed on till 2017.
Re-signing DeMarcus Ware isn’t going to happen, but re-signing players won’t be enough to clear room for draft picks, and other free agents. The Cowboys are going to have to release some players. Miles Austin and Jay Ratliff seem to be the only answers. Each will have a cap hit of about 16 million combined. Releasing both of them would save the Cowboys about 12 million, and the Cowboys can make up the issues with the cap, through contract extensions after that point with maybe a few other player releases along the way. Can you imagine a team without Ratliff and Austin?
No, but they shouldn’t make up for the discrepancy with cutting a huge plethora of players. Cutting ties with 2-3 players is better than cutting ties with 8-10 who have been significant pieces to the Cowboys roster. Otherwise the Cowboys will be rebuilding, and I don’t believe Jerry Jones likes that word one bit. That includes the fans as well. Also keep in mind that a shocker this offseason could be the release of Jason Witten.
Witten has been a mainstay on this Cowboys team for over a decade, but his play has declined with injuries. It may not be time to put him out to pasture, but he’s starting to show decline. As far as re-signing goes with the Cowboys this offseason, there has only been one rumor of Anthony Spencer coming back. However since the Jones hired a defensive coordinator that doesn’t fit Spencer’s style. You can kiss Spencer goodbye completely for 2013. Bottom-line, the Cowboys have a lot of work to do improving from an 8-8 record, and they will have to do a little addition by subtraction this offseason.
James Cobern is a Featured Journalist for TPF and can be contacted at JCobern@ThePenaltyFlagBlog.com.