It’s been very quiet at Valley Ranch since free agency started.
It’s been quiet because the cash-strapped Dallas Cowboys don’t have any wiggle room under the $123 million league mandated salary cap. The only real moves the Cowboys have made were re-franchise tagging defensive end Anthony Spencer and parting ways with former first-round defensive end Marcus Spears and former starting safety Gerald Sensabaugh.
I, however, do not see this as being a bad thing. In fact, I think this is the type of thing that was needed to save Jerry Jones, well, from himself. Having no room under the cap guarantees that Jones will not be handing out any lavish contracts to guys who may not fit the scheme.
It also means the Cowboys will be concentrating heavily on the 2013 NFL draft when it rolls around in April. Thankfully, the Cowboys have been a lot better at drafting and developing players, as of late.
Just look at the roster, you have guys like Sean Lee, Sean Lissemore, Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith, Bruce Carter, DeMarco Murray, Dwayne Harris, Morris Claiborne, Tyrone Crawford, James Hanna and maybe, if all goes well, Matt Johnson. They are all products of the previous three drafts and will be the foundation for this team going forward. However, when you turn back the clock the only remaining player from the 2008 and 2009 drafts is Orlando Scandrick, who in my opinion is an overpaid backup corner.
It may not sit well with you right now Cowboys fans, but I think we’re witnessing the changing of the guard between Jerry and his son Stephen Jones. I might seem optimistic, but I don’t think Stephen Jones is one who is going to try to buy a championship team.