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2020 Salary Cap Growth Will Help Dallas Cowboys Spend Big

The Dallas and Owner have some big checks to write in the next six to 12 months with , , , , , , , and set to hit . Throw in a name that the Dallas Cowboys could pursue via such as of the and 2020 has the potential to see a lot of money thrown around.

Per Todd Archer of , teams were notified yesterday by the NFL that the 2020 salary cap is expected to increase to anywhere from $196.8 million to $201.2 million. That would be an estimated growth of the of $8 to $13 million from the .

Based on those projections, the Dallas Cowboys are expected to have $82 to $87 million in cap space per OverTheCap.com. Per Over The Cap, the Cowboys are projected to have the fifth most salary cap space in the NFL behind the , , , and the . Even if the cap grows to the minimum end of the projection, that $8 million difference could effectively be the year one cap hit for any of the long-term deals they expect to sign this .

A lot of where the 2020 salary cap lands will depend on the revenue brought in by the league in 2019 and could still be affected by a new collective bargaining agreement. The current collective bargaining agreement is set to expire in 2021, but the NFL owners and the NFL Player’s Association have already begun talks to reach an agreement on a new with the hopes of avoiding a stoppage in 2021.

Though there has been much gnashing of teeth over the potential extensions of Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper, and Byron Jones, it’s evident the Dallas Cowboys will be able to make deals happen for the players they want to keep. With Prescott and Cooper, they’ve made it quite clear that they want to retain the services of two of their top offensive weapons for the long-term. While they’d like to bring Jones back, it’ll likely take the taking a bit of a discount compared to what he could get on the open market in order to stay. A discounted deal for Jones shouldn’t be considered out of the question as we saw and Right La’el Collins take less money in order to stay with the Cowboys.

Whatever else the Cowboys decides to do with their own players or in free agency won’t be affected much by the salary cap. They’ll have enough space to get the deals done with their own players that they want while still having enough to dip their toes into the market.

This offseason should be full of excitement as the Cowboys and several of their stars look to reach agreements on deals that should keep them in Dallas for years to come. Over the years, the salary cap has increased roughly $10 million a year and at the same time, the Dallas Cowboys have grown in their ability to manage the cap with discipline and creativity. With the ability to restructure deals and players, the Cowboys can create even more cap space than what the projected number looks like today.

The Dallas Cowboys have been great managing their salary cap over the last few years, especially as they’ve drafted well and filled this team with inexpensive depth. This offseason, the Cowboys won’t have any limitations to who they want to spend their money on.

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Written by John Williams

Dallas Cowboys optimist bringing factual, reasonable takes to Cowboys Nation and the NFL Community. I wasn't always a Cowboys fan, but I got here as quick as I could.

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  1. Here is an easy way for the Dallas Cowboys to save $5,000,000 in cap space next season while improving the team at the same time:

    Cut the slow plodding ineffective Jason Witten.

    I know a lot of fans and the incompetent Jason Garrett like Witten, but if you actually watch what he does on the field and honestly assess his performance, it is clear that he is an ineffective football player.

    There is absolutely no reason for Witten to ever be on the field in must-pass situations. Yet, there he is, easily covered one on one and putting no pressure on the opposing defense.

    Make the Cowboys better.

    Fire Garrett
    Cut Witten

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