The Cowboys have decisions. They also, fortunately, have money.
Unlike recent years in which they were cash-strapped because of bad contracts and league fines, entering the 2015 free-agent season the Cowboys are in a relatively healthy financial situation.
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That spending room will obviously play into major personnel decisions on Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray, Doug Free, Jermey Parnell and Rolando McClain.
The new cap of $143 million per team represents a $10 million increase from 2014. Still, the Rams, Steelers, Patriots and Saints are over the cap, previously known as “Cowboys land.” The Jaguars, Raiders and Browns will have more than $50 million in cap room.
Said owner Jerry Jones to reporters at last weekend’s Scouting Combine: “The only reason to have any equivocation on re-signing DeMarco is that this is pro football and we have limitations on what you can allocate to any position or allocate to your football team, which side of the ball you want to allocate your dollars on. It’s pretty obvious anybody can add up we got a lot of money allocated to our offense right now. Nothing wrong with that because we can win with a lot of money allocated to our offense, but we've got to be cognizant of the fact we want to improve our defense.”
In other words, the Cowboys have money. And are about to spend it.
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.