Frank Heinz, NBC DFW
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo.
Your team just beat the Eagles on the road. You’re 4-3, in first place in the NFC East and …
You’re worried about the salary cap … in 2014?
C’mon Cowboys fans, we’re better than this.
Once upon a time the Cowboys were docked $10 million in salary-cap room for illegally restructuring the contract of Miles Austin. Remember those cries that it was going to dent Dallas’ roster? And remember just last summer when all of Jerry Jones’ ridiculously bad contracts were going to inhibit the team from winning, or perhaps even fielding a team?
As the fresh saying goes, "Keep Calm And … Cowboys."
Reaction on social media to an ESPN report over the weekend caused panic in our local streets. The Cowboys, according to the report, will be as much as $31 million over the cap next season. With pitchforks and torches, doomsdayers rallied outside Valley Ranch demanding the head of the nincompoop general manager who could’ve allowed such a thing.
But, wait. Like it always does, it’ll get fixed.
Furthermore, do you really think the Cowboys read the report and went all “OMG!” Of course not. They know their situation. And they have a plan to improve it.
In short, the team structured the new contracts of Tony Romo and Sean Lee knowing full well they could re-work them in the second year. That will save roughly $13 million right there. Similar restructuring of deals involving DeMarcus Ware, Brandon Carr, Jason Witten and Orlando Scandrick could save as much as $18 million. Ta-da!
So enjoy Dez Bryant’s touchdown catches, with the confidence and security that – when the time comes – the Cowboys will have the money and the room to extend Dez Bryant’s contract.
A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his fiancee, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.