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5 Dallas Cowboys Who Need Pay Cuts

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Dallas Cowboys Who Need Their Pay Cut

Cary Edmondson-US PRESSWIRE

The Dallas Cowboys are 2-1 to the delight of their fans that have no clue what's actually happened in those three games. The Cowboys should be 0-3 considering how many penalties they've accumulated in those two victories. Speaking of penalties, there are several players on this list that have been flagged way too many times in three games. In fact, some of them have been called for more penalties this month than most players are in an entire season.

That's not the only reason all five of them need their pay cut down to match their performance on the field. Many of them are not even close to living up to all the zeros on their checks and that needs to change. Perhaps less income would motivate these five under-achieving Cowboys to pick up their game.

Ah, who are we kidding? Cowboys team owner and sorry excuse for a general manager Jerry Jones will never cut the pay of these players that were highly overpaid in the first place. But what do you expect from a boss that's completely clueless when it comes to building a winning football team? Regardless, here are five Dallas players that should have their pay cut due to their performance on the field:

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Right Tackle Doug Free

Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

Through three games this year, Cowboys right tackle Doug Free has been flagged for four false starts (three in one game) and twice for holding. For the second straight season since receiving his big free agent contract, Free is playing like a scrub. He's allowing sacks, missing blocking assignments and costing the Cowboys' offense a ton of yards with all the penalties. For a guy who was given a four-year, $32-million contract due to his strong play the previous two season, Free is now proving he's yet another player just out for the big pay day.

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Defensive End Marcus Spears

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This one is ridiculous. Cowboys defensive end Marcus Spears was given a hefty $19.2 million contract for five years last July and has rode the pine ever since. Why in the world would the Cowboys pay a player team captain-type money to ride the bench? Regardless, Spears needs to start getting paid like a backup or go make way too much for another team.

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Running Back Felix Jones

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When a player loses his starting job, he should absolutely go all out to try and win it back. Since DeMarco Murray has taken over the Cowboys' starting running back position, Felix Jones done nothing but put his job in jeopardy…or at least that's the way it should be.

However, Jones is still collecting $7.665 million in guarantees from his rookie deal. The problem is the Cowboys wish he was at least playing as good as he did that year and not fumbling opening kickoffs and getting tackled by blades of grass.

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Left Guard Nate Livings

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The Cowboys gave left guard Nate Livings a five-year, $19 million deal this off-season as if he was some sort of savior for the offensive line, but he's been anything but that since coming to Dallas. It's not that Livings has been terrible, but he certainly hasn't been worth an average of almost $4 million per year.

The same can be said of right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau, who was also signed to "cement" Dallas' offensive line. Bernadeau hasn't been worth $11 million over four years through three games in 2012. Players that allow an average of almost a sack per game don't make nearly that much money in the NFL. Just two more cases of Jones over-spending on players not worth the money.

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Cornerback Orlando Scandrick

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This one takes the cake. Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has been absolutely awful since being drafted by Dallas in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft. However, Jones moronically awarded him a six-year, $28.2 million extension before the start of the 2011 season, which was arguably the worst of his career.

Although Scandrick hasn't been quite as bad in 2012 (that's not saying much), he was overshadowed big time by fellow Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins in Dallas' 16-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 3. Scandrick needs to start getting paid like a fourth cornerback since he plays like one.