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Stephen Jones: "We're Up Against The Cap Next Year"

Facing significant cap pressure in 2013, Dallas will be giving their roster a good, hard look over the final five games

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    The Dallas Cowboys haven’t given up on the 2012 season by any means, but according to executive vice president Stephen Jones, they’ll soon begin to look toward the future with respect to who will and won’t be around beyond this season. Jones told 105.3-FM “The Fan” this week that the team would need to evaluate the core of the team down the stretch of 2012 in anticipation of some very real cap pressure next year.

    "I think so. Anytime you go through a season you have to evaluate what type of season they had,” Jones said, via ESPN Dallas. “With each player, there’s significant money attached, especially to your core group of guys. And if they’re not playing to their money then you certainly have to take a look at it because we’re one of those teams that, to be real candid with you, we’re up against the cap next year, I mean up against it tight."

    According to ESPN Dallas’ Todd Archer, the Cowboys are already $20 million over the projected 2013 salary cap, with just 44 players signed. Which is to say, the Cowboys will spend a good part of the offseason making roster moves and, if need be, dropping dead weight.

    "We certainly can’t afford to overlook mediocrity if a player’s had a mediocre season," Jones said. "But he’s being paid to have a great season. Those things have to be addressed. We’ll certainly continue to look at that."

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