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Dallas Cowboys Cut QB Hold-out Kyle Orton

Brian Leatherman



Push came to shove and the 'Boys shoved Kyle Orton out the door. The team decided they didn’t want someone around that didn’t want to be here. And really, you can't blame Jones for that.

Although, as fellow writer Tarheel Paul here at Dallas Cowboys Nation brought to my attention, they did let a bad apple go, yes but what message is it really sending the team? Can anyone decide they don’t want to play here and just sit out until the team cuts them? It’s happened twice now within a year (Orton, Jay Ratliff)

KD Drummond writes a beautiful article breaking down the salary cap implications this has for the team over at CowboysHQ - Orton's 'Cut' Clarifies Cowboys Finances:

[su_quote cite=" - KD Drummond" url=""]“So in the end, they have released Orton. If he had played, Orton would have counted $4.3775m against the 2014 cap. With his retirement, there is no base salary to pay, so only his prorated signing bonuses count against the cap. With a cap hit of $1.1275m, the retirement actually gives Dallas $3.25 million of more space. However, the remaining unamortized bonus that was to be charged to 2015 and 2016 ($1.1275m respectively) now hits the 2015 cap as “dead money”, totaling $2.255m.”[/su_quote]

Either way, Orton's departure leaves the door open for Brandon Weeden to take over the number 2 QB position, behind Tony Romo.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want any type of drama on this team. If a player doesn't want to be on this team then I say show him the door. And today, that is exactly what the Joneses have done. What's your take on Kyle Orton and his end in Dallas? I'd like to know how other fans think this kind of thing will affect the team in the future with regard to holdouts.

Brian has been a football junkie from the time he was 5 years old. He lives, eats and breathes the game. Brian is a college graduate living in the south who loves his faith, his family, and his Dallas Cowboys.

  • Bryson Treece

    Never liked holdouts. Sure, this isn’t the traditional sense of the term but he basically did the same thing, only worse because he wasn’t doing it for more money. Why was he doing it? Own up to your shit bro. Quit playing games.

  • havmer

    Bryson Treece Been saying same thing, but then I backed off and started to think maybe there’s something else going on in his life that could be causing this. Nope, not now bro. let him go backup another team for way less money. screw it

  • Bryson Treece

    @havmer Bryson Treece And see, that’s gonna piss me off if he pulls a Ratliff and goes to play for another team. if he’s retiring, this was a chicken shit way to do it, but at least I can understand it. If Orton has done all this in some delusional hope of playing again, starting even, then dik, screw him lol

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Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber

Kevin Brady



Cowboys Headlines - Dallas Cowboys Re-Sign Linebacker 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:

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.

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Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick

Kevin Brady



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.

Josina Anderson on Twitter

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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Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space

Sean Martin



Travis Frederick

Patience is a virtue for football fans everywhere this time of the year, especially those of the Dallas Cowboys. A team known for using free agency to deal with their own expiring contracts and players, Cowboys Nation has been anxiously awaiting an addition to improve this roster before the draft. While the wait will continue for outside help in Dallas, the Cowboys have created $7.5 million in cap space by restructuring the contract of Center Travis Frederick.

Jane Slater on Twitter

C Travis Frederick will restructure his deal to help clear up roughly 7.5M in cap space for the #Cowboys per source informed

Restructuring the contracts of their cornerstone players is nothing new for the Cowboys. Rarely doing so with a clear "next move" in sight, the market for top FA talent at WR and OL may have already passed the Cowboys.

Having the space to negotiate with available players now opens the door just slightly further for Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu acquisitions to become realistic. Reportedly, the Cowboys have inquired about both safeties (Thomas via popular trade talks and Mathieu as a free agent, released by the Cardinals) and have been met with price tags the Jones' were forced to turn away.

Giving up assets for players that will warrant large future contracts is not currently the Dallas Cowboys' way, but being able to sign somebody in free agency has been. To avoid a repeat of 2017, a season arguably derailed as soon as the team's free agent class failed entirely, the Cowboys will need to find proven players that can contribute on the market in the coming weeks.

With the help of the anchor to their star-studded offensive line, the Cowboys can come to this market with slightly thicker wallets now. Keep the optimistic tweets alive, and tip Travis Frederick accordingly.

Tell us what you think about "Dallas Cowboys Restructure Travis Frederick’s Contract, Clear Cap Space" in the comments below. You can also email me at, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!

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