Todd Archer of ESPN writes that even with a salary cap floor increase of $5 million, the Cowboys would not be able to afford the $37.7 million franchise tag or a first-year cap number from a new deal with QB Dak Prescott.
Now Archer says the team may look to restructure the deal of WR Amari Cooper, converting $19 million of his $20 million base salary into a signing bonus in order to create around $14 million in cap space.
After his agent dispelled rumors that he was retiring following hip surgery last season, Archer points out that TLa’el Collins is another candidate to have his deal restructured. The team would gain around $6 million in cap room by reworking his contract.
By restructuring the contract of RB Ezekiel Elliott, Dallas could gain another $6 million in space but would also have to add signing bonus proration in future seasons, making Elliott hard to cut if the need would ever arise.
According to Archer, releasing linebacker Jaylon Smith with a post-June 1 designation would create $7.2 million in cap space, yet in 2022 would end up costing Dallas $6.8 million in dead money.
After core muscle surgery, P Chris Jones was replaced by P Hunter Niswander, and Archer points out that moving on from Jones would get the team another $2 million in cap space.
Virginia RB Shane Simpson met with the Cowboys at the Gridiron Showcase back in January. (Justin M)
McLane adds that if Hurts doesn’t play well, the team has the draft capital to address the issue in 2022.
The Eagles’ salary-cap situation after swallowing $33.8 million in dead money via the QBCarson Wentz trade makes a trade for someone like QB Deshaun Watson nearly impossible at this point, according to McLane.
Matt Lombardo says while it would be surprising to see the team cut S Jabrill Peppers, it is nowhere near impossible as his salary isn’t guaranteed.
Lombardo adds that he isn’t sure where Peppers currently fits if the team plans to play Logan Ryan andXavier McKinney at safety.