It’s one obstacle after another for the Dallas Cowboys, and by Tuesday afternoon they have to clear their latest salary cap hurdle.
The Cowboys ended the 2012 season being nearly $20 million over the salary cap, but thanks to some restructuring of contracts they managed to get under the salary cap. However, today the team is nearly $7 million over the salary cap after deciding to place the franchise tag on defensive end Anthony Spencer for a second straight season.
The Cowboys will have to find a way to get under the cap by Tuesday’s noon deadline, and personally, I see more restructured contracts coming. The Cowboys will probably be looking to restructure nose tackle Jay Ratliff, cornerback Orlando Scandrick, linebacker Dan Connor, quarterback Kyle Orton and guards Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau.
I understand that at this point, the restructuring of said contracts is inevitable because if the Cowboys are not under the salary cap they will not be allowed to compete, but it means the Cowboys will be stuck with bad contracts even longer.
The Cowboys could have created meaningful room under the salary cap by signing quarterback Tony Romo to an extension, which would slash his $16.8 million cap hit. However, there seems to be no suggestion that the Cowboys and Romo are any closer to a deal now than they were when the Cowboys’ season ended.
There has been speculation by some analysts that Romo is seeking a Joe Flacco type of contract, however, I don’t think that is the case. Romo has never been a player who puts himself before the team, and I don’t think he would start now.