The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of big personnel decisions ahead in the 2018 offseason. Thankfully, not all of their moves will be as complicated as negotiating a pay cut with Dez Bryant or long-term extensions with Zack Martin and DeMarcus Lawrence.
Two easy, obvious moves the Cowboys can make involve some bench guys who take up more cap space than they're worth at this point. Tight end James Hanna and defensive end Benson Mayowa can each earn Dallas $2.75 million in cap space if released.
Cutting Hanna would generate just $750k in dead money. Mayowa's penalty would be $1.1 million, but the cap savings we just gave you come after the penalty. In total, releasing both players would give Dallas $5.5 million in immediately usable money.
With free agency opening March 14th, these likely moves should come in the next week.
Both players are up against younger, more valuable assets on the depth chart and the potential influx of new talent. Mayowa is already behind DeMarcus Lawrence, Taco Charlton, and Tyrone Crawford at defensive end. We should also see Charles Tapper return from injury this year, and perhaps even Randy Gregory if he's reinstated by the league.
Similarly, James Hanna has Geoff Swaim and Rico Gathers pushing for whatever work is available behind veteran leader Jason Witten. Also, there are many predicting that the Cowboys could draft a tight end in the early rounds of April's draft.
While Hanna and Mayowa have both played solid roles at times for the Cowboys, there's no real upside to them at this point. The Cowboys already have prospects who need more playing time, making these veterans far more valuable as cap casualties.
$5.5 million is no small amount of money, either. It could be a good first-year salary for a veteran starting contract. Alternatively, it could fund roughly the entire 2018 draft class.
Far more difficult cuts lay ahead, but these two underrated moves will free up a nice chunk of change the Cowboys can use to retool for the upcoming season.
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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