Frank Heinz, NBC DFW
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.
Stop the presses and notify the banks, the Cowboys have room under the NFL salary cap. Lots of it, actually.
Thanks to the release of Miles Austin, they gained $5.5 million in cap space today and – at least for the time being – have more than $10 million to spend. Though that’s rare relief for an organization who has been pinching virtual pennies since the $10 million fine in cap space two years ago as a result of the re-structuring of Austin’s contract extension, the Cowboys would be wise not to go out and spend it all in one space.
Top draft picks Zack Martin and Demarcus Lawrence have to be signed, injury settlements offered and practice squad will eventually be designated and compensated.
Oh yeah, and talks about lucrative, long-term extensions with Dez Bryant and Tyron Smith are commencing as we speak.
So, in essence, the Cowboys are like the proud parents who finally paid off their kid’s 16th birthday car, only to cringe at the looming college tuition.
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.