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Cowboys Salary Cap and Roster Impact of Allen Hurns Release

The log jam at the bottom of the was one of the more interesting camp battles to watch as the to this weekend. Yesterday, the Dallas Cowboys cleared that up a little when they released veteran Wide Receiver after being cleared by team doctors.

Though he was slated to be fifth or sixth on the wide receiver depth chart, likely backing up both and , the Dallas Cowboys felt that they have players that can do what Hurns was bringing to the table and for a cheaper price.

Here's how the of Allen Hurns will impact the Dallas Cowboys from both a and roster-building perspective.

Salary Cap Savings

By far the biggest impact that release of Allen Hurns will have is on the Dallas Cowboys salary cap. By releasing him, the Cowboys will save $5 million in cap space in 2019 while only accruing $1.25 million in dead money this year.

That money may not seem significant, but for a team that has attempted to manage their cap without having to restructure a lot of their contracts, that $5 million is significant. The release of Allen Hurns will now give the Dallas Cowboys around $24 million in cap space per, which could give them enough room — with some other corresponding restructures — to get , , and Amari Cooper extended before if they wish to do so.

Roster Construction

As I mentioned before, the wide receiver depth chart is super intriguing. With Allen Hurns and his contract out of the way, the Dallas Cowboys will be choosing from , , Jon'vea Johnson, , , , and Reggie Davis to fill the final two or three spots on the wide receiver depth chart.

If we assume that Amari Cooper, , Randall Cobb, and are locks to make the roster, that only leaves two or three more spots for to fill on the to start week one. With the depth at other positions, like offensive and , I don't expect the Dallas Cowboys to carry more than six wide receivers on the 53-man roster when the team breaks camp. That means seven wide receivers will be competing for just two roster spots.

Right now, my money would be on Noah Brown and Cedrick Wilson to fill those final two spots on the roster. Johnson and Guyton are intriguing UDFA prospects, but because the Cowboys have spent draft capital on Brown and Wilson, I imagine those spots are theirs to lose. Meaning the rest of those guys would have to seriously outplay Brown or Wilson for the Cowboys to not keep them on the 53-man roster. Brown doesn't have any eligibility left, so he's either on the team or he becomes a .

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What happens over the rest of training camp will be fascinating to watch. The Dallas Cowboys will have the money to get extensions done if they choose to do so and the wide receiver battle just got more interesting. Allen Hurns' departure opens up more opportunities for one of the younger guys to make a name for himself in 2019.

Training camp is just a few days away and it can't get here fast enough. 

John Williams
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. Make sure you check out the Inside The Cowboys Podcast featuring John Williams and other analysts following America's Team.

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