Frank Heinz, NBC DFW
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
One month from today the Cowboys will hold their first full-pads practice of the 2014 season. As of now, when they line up and start hitting at training camp in Oxnard the middle linebacker will be ... Justin Durant.
If that makes you – like me – the least bit uneasy, take heart. The Cowboys have more than enough money under the salary cap to sign a free agent and upgrade that depleted position.
With all their rookies signed and no major acquisitions on the horizon, Dallas has about $9 million in salary-cap space, according to the NFL Players Association. Remember not that long ago when the critics predicted doom ‘n gloom because the Cowboys were locked in salary cap Hell?
Don’t look now, but they have more financial flexibility than the Redskins ($3 million) and Giants ($7 million) in their own division. By no means do the Cowboys have a perfect roster in the wake of Sean Lee’s minicamp injury. But at least they have the resources to make it better during the summer.
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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.