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Tyrone Crawford is the Cowboys’ Only Potential “Cap Casualty” in 2020

For a few years now, has held the distinction of having the worst contract on the ' books. As we head into the 2020 , that same bad contract leaves him most likely to be released to clear space.

In fact, when looking at all of the current contracts for 2020, Crawford is really the only player on the Cowboys' roster who would even qualify as a cap casualty.

Tyrone is set to count $9.1 million against the 2020 cap. If released he would only have $1.1 million in dead money, resulting in $8 million back in cap relief for Dallas.

The only other Cowboy who offers that kind of relief is , whose $13.5 million cap hit would drop to $5.29 million. But there's zero chance that Dallas would cut Smith while he's still one of the top left tackles in the .

Other high-salary players like , , , and offer either minimal or no cap relief at all if cut. For guys with newer deals like Tank, Zeke, or , the dead money would actually be more expensive than their 2020 cap hit.

There are some other minor moves that could create cap space. Dallas could get back $1.4 million by cutting or $1 million from . But these moves would be more about performance; the players are bargains at those salaries if playing at even an adequate level.

The Cowboys have plenty of cap room going into the offseason. With projections ranging from $77-$83 million in available spending power, Dallas can re-sign , , and do whatever else is needed to field a competitive team in 2020.

But even if they don't necessarily need the cap savings from Tyrone Crawford's deal, so they still want to keep overpaying for a roleplayer?

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Dallas Cowboys DL Tyrone Crawford (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Between a reduced role, legal issues in the offseason, and playing in only four games due to , 2019 was a bad year for Crawford. He even lost the honor of being a team captain despite his and tenure with the Cowboys.

Even after the assumed deals get done for Prescott, Cooper, and Jones, Crawford would still have one of the ten highest cap hits on the roster. That just doesn't compute given his actual role on the team.

Perhaps reading these tea leaves himself, Crawford reportedly is willing to discuss a reduced salary in 2020 to remain on the team. That does seems the only realistic way that Dallas would keep him this year.

One other factor that could help Tyrone is if the Cowboys convert to a 3-4 scheme under new . Having entered the NFL as a 3-4 DE, Crawford's value would suddenly increase for Dallas to help make the transition.

Even then, though, the Cowboys could do a lot with $8 million more cap space. That could go to helping them sign two or even three veteran roleplayers with 3-4 experience, or maybe help them land one major player that could become a catalyst for others.

It really is remarkable, and a credit to the work of the Cowboys in recent years, that we don't have more bad contracts to talk about. The jury is still out out on some like Jaylon Smith or Ezekiel Elliott, but right now only Tyrone Crawford's stands out as a clear mistake that needs correction.

Will that move finally come in this ?

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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