I'm going to go into more detail about this in an article later today, but right now (according to OverTheCap.com and Spotrac.com) the Cowboys are headed into the draft with no cap space to actually sign their rookies. In broad terms, they would need an estimated $5 million cleared to sign all of their draft picks, in addition to the $4 million in space they currently have.
Dallas gets $6.38 million in space if they cut Carr outright and $9.1 million if they make him a post-June 1st cut, which increases our dead money for 2017. This is the clearest and simplest way to free up the needed space.
The Cowboys already know this and have likely been projecting it since the start of free agency. Therefore, the logical question is why they haven't cut Carr already?
Remember, the last Collective Bargaining Agreement included a provision that allows teams to go ahead and designate two players as June 1st cuts even before we hit the calendar date. It's a player-friendly move that allows released players to take advantage of free agency when the market opens. Given Brandon Carr's sterling reputation with the organization, you'd think Dallas would extend him that courtesy if they knew he was being cut.
On the other hand, Carr has set precedent for playing contract hardball with the Cowboys. He refused to negotiate a salary reduction last year despite clearly not playing up to his contract. He may be a "team player" on the field and a great guy in the community but teams don't forget when you put the screws to them over money.
Many are now assuming that Carr's continued presence is a sign that he'll play out the contract for one more year. However, this situation with the rookie salaries still leaves the door wide open for something to happen.
Dallas still has the leverage here and Carr's refusal to negotiate his salary makes it easier for them to use it. I think they've been holding him this long in the hopes that he would eventually accept the pay cut, not wanting to enter free agency after money's been spent and rookies have been drafted. Some veterans end up not finding any work after being a June 1st cut.
Dallas can work their leverage even beyond the June 1st date. They can deny Carr enjoying that extra little wave of free agency and not cut him until near the start of training camp. It wasn't long ago that the Cowboys didn't get their rookies signed until shortly before camp, though they've been doing it earlier in recent years.
One thing is certain; if Dallas didn't want Carr on the roster then they'd have already cut him now by now. As was already said, they have the flexibility to make him a June 1st cut without waiting for the date to fall. The only reason he's still here is that Dallas is hoping to retain the player but also getting his cap figure knocked down.
My next article is going to break down several other ways Dallas can clear the necessary cap space even if they don't touch Carr's contract. However, there's no question that Carr remains the single best option for freeing up money.
What's more, the draft remains a huge factor in determining Carr's value. Dallas could end up with Jalen Ramsey or Vernon Hargreaves, who could be Day One starters or at least in your top three with Orlando Scandrick and Morris Claiborne. You don't have to worry about keeping Carr around then.
The second round could also yield a quality corner. One of several first-round talents could be there at the 34th pick: Eli Apple, Kendall Fuller, Mackensie Alexander, or Williams Jackson. Though not on the same talent tier as Ramsey or Hargreaves, these guys would still be expected to contribute right away.
Despite all the remaining variables, it's clear that the assumption of Brandon Carr staying with Dallas is premature. If anything, I would still best that he'll eventually be released.
Like so many of our remaining question, we'll hopefully start to get some answers on April 28th.
BREAKING: Dallas Cowboys Sign Free Agent Safety George Iloka
The Dallas Cowboys have reached a one-year agreement with Safety George Iloka, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Iloka spent 2018 with the Vikings after six years with the Bengals.
He's started 79 of his 99 career games since being a fifth-round pick by Cincinnati in 2012. Iloka turns 29 years old next week.
The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with safety George Iloka, according to a source. Iloka met with the Cowboys on Friday and was the third safety to meet with the club during the week along with Clayton Geathers and Eric Berry. The Cowboys have... https://t.co/JB5nJLWepc
This isn't the safety that most Cowboys fans wanted. After over a year of pining for Earl Thomas, sights turned to Eric Berry after his free agent visit in Dallas last week.
However, it makes sense that Iloka would be attractive to the Cowboys. At 6'4" and 225 lbs, he fits the physical mold of what Defensive Backs Coach Kris Richard likes in his players. He also is younger than than Berry and Thomas without the same recent injury issues.
Iloka becomes one of many Boise St. products on Dallas' roster, joining Tyrone Crawford, DeMarcus Lawrence, Leighton Vander Esch, and others. He entered the league with college teammates Crawford and Kellen Moore, the Cowboys' new offensive coordinator, in 2012.
We'll have to wait and see how George Iloka fits into the current mix at safety with Jeff Heath and Xavier Woods. He spent most of 2018 as a backup with Minnesota, but Dallas will likely give him a chance to start.
BREAKING: Cowboys Sign Ex-Packers WR Randall Cobb
According to multiple sources, the Dallas Cowboys have signed former Green Bay Packers Wide Receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal to help bolster their depth at the WR position and potentially become Cole Beasley's replacement.
Cowboys are giving former Packers' WR Randall Cobb a one-year, $5 million deal, per source. https://t.co/8KWFPjSP8T
The Dallas Cowboys met with Randall Cobb earlier this week, but he eventually left Dallas without a contract. He must've had a change of heart or just needed time to ponder the Cowboys offer, but regardless of what transpired in that short time he is now part of America's Team.
During his time with the Packers, Cobb accumulated 470 receptions for 5,524 receiving yards and 41 touchdowns. The eight-year veteran will now be expected to replace some of Cole Beasley's production out of the slot for the Dallas Cowboys.
After years of watching Beasley as the Cowboys slot WR, it will be really interesting to see Randall Cobb in that role. He's not as quick twitched as No. 11, but can be just as dangerous due to his ability to be more of a down the field receiver. He also brings added value in the return game and could compete with Tavon Austin to become the return specialist.
This could mean the Cowboys forgo drafting a wide receiver early in the 2019 NFL Draft, but I wouldn't put it past them. Regardless of what happens, this is an excellent addition.
Welcome to Cowboys Nation Randall Cobb!
REPORT: Dallas Cowboys Re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur
L.P. Ladouceur is returning for his 15th season as the Cowboys' long snapper. The veteran free agent was re-signed by Dalals today to a one-year deal.
Thanks to Jason Witten's one-year sabbatical with Monday Night Football, Ladouceur has now been with the Cowboys for more consecutive seasons than any current player. He just turned 38 last week, but Louis-Philippe remains one of the top long snappers in football.
The Cowboys have signed long-snapper L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year deal worth $1.03 million and $90,000 in bonus money, but he will count $735,000 against the cap. This will be Ladouceur's 15th season with the Cowboys, tying Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Mark... https://t.co/2iDsi6RX7e
Retaining Ladouceur is an underrated move for the Cowboys given their situation at kicker.
Brett Maher was only 80% accurate overall on field goals last year. The team could be considering an upgrade in free agency.
Whether they bring Maher back or try someone new, having a long snapper with Ladouceur's performance perfection will make things much easier for them.
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