The Dallas Cowboys are not used to winning on a consistent basis. They are usually involved in the “win one, lose one” cycle. However, that is not the case this week. For the second day in a row, the Cowboys are the biggest winners in the NFL.
On Wednesday, Dallas was the winner of a head-to-head matchup with the Baltimore Ravens. Okay, it was a coin flip, but Dallas did call it correctly; and by winning, they were awarded the 16th pick in the NFL Draft being held in May. It is easy to call Wednesday’s victory a minor one because they only got the win over one NFL team. However, Thursday’s win was a much bigger deal.
The Cowboys were the happiest team in the NFL on Thursday when the league announced that the 2014 salary cap number would be approximately $130 million instead of the $126 million that was expected. The extra $4 million will help teams like the Cowboys, who are still about $20 million over the salary cap. Teams have until March 11 to get under the salary cap.
Struggling to get under the salary cap has become an annual tradition for the Cowboys. Jerry and Stephen Jones have become masters of moving money around and restructuring contracts in order to get under the cap. Most thought 2014 would be Dallas’ toughest year yet to get under that cap. While the $4 million dollar increase in the 2014 salary cap does not make it a slam dunk for Dallas to get under it, it does take some of the pressure off.
While winning a coin flip to move up in the draft or getting an extra $4 million in the salary cap may not seem like a huge victory for some people, Cowboys fans should still rejoice. It is not like winning Super Bowls in the 90s, but for a couple of days in February, Dallas fans can feel like the biggest winners in the NFL.