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Cowboys Have Over $20M in Cap Space, Why Aren’t They Spending It?

A week ago the Cowboys received an additional $10 million to their space. Now with at least $20 million to spend, why is Dallas seemingly hoarding this money instead of improving the roster for 2022?

The Cowboys' lack of aggression in has been a frustrating storyline. It's compounded by the fact that Dallas discarded useful veterans like WR and OT to create some of this unused cap space.

It was Collins' that created the $10 million received last week. La'el was designated as an early June-1st cut, giving him the freedom to find work elsewhere back in March but not allowing Dallas to benefit financially from the move until now.

There are plenty of ways that Dallas could bolster the roster through available : upgrading depth at QB, TE, or immediately jumps to mind. But after nearly three months of free agency without much action and cap room to spare, why would things be any different now?

The Cowboys likely will add at least one veteran before camp; a late addition like was in 2021 for a bargain. But their quiet free-agent activity up until now likely points to the future, as far as next season, for their true focal point.

Right now Dallas is projected to be well over the 2023 salary cap. This is largely due to 's contract but also big numbers from , , , , and .

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Surely, moves are coming involving some of these players which will improve the situation. Prescott and Martin will likely get restructured again while Dallas gives Smith and Elliott long looks as potential cap casualties.

This projected overage is even after the Cowboys get roughly $14 million in dead money off the books. Currently carrying $22 million in dead money thanks to Cooper, Collins, , and a few other former Dallas players, that number drops to just around $8 million next year with the remainder of Collins' deal.

So why are we talking about 2023? A major factor in annual cap management now is the rollover of unused space from the previous season. Dallas' seemingly miserly approach now may be about preserving options and flexibility for next year.

Rolling over as much of their current space to 2023 as they can help the Cowboys breathe better in the next . Perhaps it even allows them to keep a player like Ezekiel Elliott or Tyron Smith if they have bounce-back seasons in 2022, rather than being forced to part ways with one or both in the name of the cap.

This is why things aren't as simple as, “You've got the money! Spend it!” Sure, a more proven backup QB or TE2 could be a nice luxury compared to current options. But those upgrades come at a cost and, as we've outlined above, not just for the current season.

The Cowboys' modern-era conservatism with the salary cap can certainly be frustrating. We'll see if it holds for the remainder of this summer and how it impacts the team in years to come.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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Howard

In my opinion Dallas is doomed to mediocrity. When you have an incompetent person, Stephen Jones, in charge of negotiating contracts this will be a recurring problem. He routinely is the loser in multiple contact negotiations. The dead money is 100% the fault of him overpaying players. Dallas needs a sober, intelligent person to take over negotiations. Stephen can continue to play The fool and laugh at his father’s inane comments.

HOTBOYZ86

Although, good ol boy Jerry isn’t free of blame either… We all know who has a death grip on the roster.

Paul M. Karam

If Jerry had such a death grip on the roster, we would have gotten Paxton Lynch and Johnny Manziel!

John

Ok, you must be an eagles fan surely, cause only eagle fans talk so dumb!!

HOTBOYZ86

After pooping the bed with the 49ers game, Dallas went from being a team needing a few roster adjustments to be a super bowl contender to getting worse on both sides of the ball over $$$….. If they couldn’t get past the 1st round with last years roster, they don’t have a chance this year with less…. The Jones’s need to hire real professionals to run the team, including coach and an actual GM….. Mcarthy is just here for an easy check, Moore isn’t getting the coaching gig, and Quinn is only getting promoted if Mccarthy leads them on a losing streak early on….

Roy Chambers

FOR QUITE SOME TIME NOW I HAVE GIVEN UP ON THE JOHNESS HAVING THE ABILITY TO BUILD A POTENTIAL SB TEAM IF BY COINCIDENCE THEY BRING IN THE RIGHT PLAYER THEY ARE HINDERED BY JERRY’S INABILITY TO HIRE THE RIGHT COACH LOOKING ACROSS THE AISLE AT PHILLY OFF SEASON MOVES SHOULD FRIGHTEN ANY TRUE COWBOYS FAN THEY HAVE GONE OUT AND GOT WHAT IT TAKES TO BE CONSIDERED AS A POTENTIAL SB TEAM WHEN JERRY STANDS AT THE MICROPHONE TO PROFESS THAT HE’LL DO WHATEVER IT TAKES TO WIN ANOTHER SB THEN COMES THE OFF SEASON EXPOSING HIS LIES THE JONES ARE TRYING TO SHOW THE NFL THAT THEY CAN TAKE MEDIOCRE PLAYER AND WIN THE BIG DANCE FOR OVER 25 YEARS THIS FORMULA HAS FAILED AND WILL CONTINUE TO FALTER FINALLY THE MOST FRIGHTENING THING ABOUT THIS IS JERRY WILL NEVER SELL THE COWBOYS ITS A ( FAMILY BUSINESS ) O – N – L – Y ; THE GLORY DAYS WILL NO LONGER GRACE DALLAS TEXAS

John

Another eagles fan, where do they come from?? Wake up bud, it’s 2022!!

David

John I’ve been A Cowboy fan since SB V…. Everything Roy said is on point…It’s the don’t have a clue about nothing when it actually come to football is why everyone says we’re the worst fans….The Jones’s is in the way and Dallas will never get to another SB as long as they own them….I know it John know it, the vast majority of Cowboy fans know
All the GM’s players on other teams know it
Even our own players know deep down…. Sad but true

John

Eagles are one of the worst teams in the league for drafting great players. Talk about incompetence when drafting, so don’t get too excited!!!

Sid

Wow, some how that idiot Jones was able to get us three super bowls. Yet loser’s from other teams like to say how horrible he is. It’s not easy to win the Superbowl. The cowboys don’t do a lot in free agency because they draft so well. The prefer to pay their own people instead of other people’s picks. And while I would like them to grab a certain player here or there. It’s just not how they do it. Not to mention that you usually end up over paying for those free agents!

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