Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas offers his take on what is likely to transpire with the Cowboys and their current roster this offseason.
As we’ve mentioned before, the Cowboys will be 25 million over the salary cap next year, so creating cap space is at the top of their offseason priorities list.
They could save another $8.6 million by reworking DE DeMarcus Ware‘s $12.25 million base salary for the 2014 season. Ware currently counts $16.003 million against the team’s salary cap, so reducing that figure is a top priority. There were was some speculation that Ware could actually be a release candidate a month ago, but it’s hard to imagine the Cowboys going this route unless there were no other options.
Brandon Carr signed a huge contract a few years ago, but is coming off of a poor season. Archer mentions that this situation in particular is one to watch given that Carr has a lot of money still remaining on his contract and reworking his deal will only push guarantees further into the future. Dallas could save another $4.7 million here.
That brings the total saving to $26.7 million.
Archer expects the Cowboys to designate WR Miles Austin as a post-June 1 release, which creates another $5.5 million in space, but also carries over $5 million in dead money for the 2015.
If the Cowboys elect to go this route, they would have a chance to keep some of their notable free agents like DE Anthony Spencer or DE Jason Hatcher. Even if those two prove to be too expensive, they could always shop around for better bargains to fill out their roster.
No team is in as bad of shape financially as the Cowboys are, so they should at least feel good that there are options available to them.