Dallas Cowboys Cap Crunch

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The Dallas Cowboys are currently $20 million over the cap and will need to restructure contracts with several players to get under the 2013 salary cap.

Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said that it is “not necessarily” for the Dallas Cowboys to have a contract extension done for quarterback Tony Romo in order for the team to get under the salary cap.

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Below is the salary cap break down for each player I think the Dallas Cowboys should restructure.

1. Doug Free

Base Salary: 7,000,000       Signing Bonus: 2,060,000

Bonus: 960,000                   Dead Money: 10,020,000

Cap Figure: 10,020,000

2. Brandon Carr

Base Salary: 14,300,000       Signing Bonus: 2,000,000

Dead Money: 22,300,000 

Cap Figure: 16,300,000

3. Jason Hatcher

Base Salary: 2,000,000       Signing Bonus: 600,000

Dead Money: 600,000 

Cap Figure: 2,600,000

4. Nate Livings

Base Salary: 1,700,000       Signing Bonus: 700,000

Dead Money: 4,500,000 

Cap Figure: 2,400,000

5. Kyle Orton

Base Salary: 1,350,000       Signing Bonus: 1,000,000

Dead Money: 4,000,000

Cap Figure: 2,350,000

6. Orlando Scandrick

Base Salary: 2,000,000       Signing Bonus: 600,000

Bonus: 1,180,000                 Dead Money: 6,520,000

Cap Figure: 3,780,000

7. DeMarcus Ware

Base Salary: 5,500,000       Signing Bonus: 5,302,000

Bonus: 1,418,750                 Dead Money: 10,663,943

Cap Figure: 12,220,750

8. Miles Austin

Base Salary: 6,732,000       Signing Bonus: 1,570,000

Dead Money: 4,713,000 

Cap Figure: 8,302,000

9. Jason Witten

Base Salary: 5,500,000       Signing Bonus: 2,500,000

Dead Money: 7,500,000

Cap Figure: 8,000,000

10. Jay Ratliff

Base Salary: 5,000,000       Signing Bonus: 2,000,000

Dead Money: 10,000,000 

Cap Figure: 7,000,000

Source: Sportrac.com


2013 NFL All-Pro Team

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The 2013 NFL All-Pro teams have been announced, and the Dallas Cowboys have two players make the rosters. Cowboys tight end Jason Witten and outside linebacker Demarcus Ware were named to the All-Pro second team.

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Witten finished the year with 110 receptions for 1,039 yards and three touchdowns.

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Ware hampered by injuries most of the season still finished with 11.5 sacks, 56 combined tackles, and five forced fumbles.


QB:  Peyton Manning, Broncos.

RB:  Adrian Peterson, Vikings*; Marshawn Lynch, Seahawks.

FB:  Vonta Leach, Ravens.

TE:  Tony Gonzalez, Falcons.

WR:  Calvin Johnson, Lions; Brandon Marshall, Bears.

OT:  Duane Brown, Texans; Ryan Clady, Broncos.

OG:  Jahri Evans, Saints; Mike Iupati, 49ers.

C:  Max Unger, Seahawks.

DE:  J.J. Watt, Texans*; Cameron Wake, Dolphins.

DT:  Geno Atkins, Bengals; Vince Wilfork, Patriots.

OLB:  Von Miller, Broncos; Aldon Smith, 49ers.

ILB:  Patrick Willis, 49ers; NaVorro Bowman, 49ers.

CB:  Richard Sherman, Seahawks; Charles Tillman, Bears.

S:  Earl Thomas, Seahawks; Dashon Goldson, 49ers.

P:  Andy Lee, 49ers.

K:  Blair Walsh, Vikings.

KR:  Jacoby Jones, Ravens.


QB:  Aaron Rodgers, Packers.

RB:  Alfred Morris, Redskins; Jamaal Charles, Chiefs.

FB:  Jerome Felton, Vikings.

TE:  Jason Witten, Cowboys.

WR:  A.J. Green, Bengals; Andre Johnson, Texans.

OT:  Joe Thomas, Browns; Joe Staley, 49ers.

OG:  Marshal Yanda, Ravens; Logan Mankins, Patriots.

C:  Maurkice Pouncey, Steelers.

DE:  Justin Smith, 49ers; Julius Peppers, Bears.

DT:  Justin Smith, 49ers; Ndamukong Suh, Lions; Haloti Ngata, Ravens.

OLB: Chad Greenway, Vikings; Ahmad Brooks, 49ers; Clay Matthews, Packers; and DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys.

ILB:  Daryl Washington, Cardinals; London Fletcher, Redskins.

CB:  Champ Bailey, Broncos; Tim Jennings, Bears.

S:  Eric Weddle, Chargers; Jairus Byrd, Bills.

P:  Thomas Morstead, Saints.

K:  Phil Dawson, Browns.

KR:  David Wilson, Giants.

*-Unanimous selection

Dallas Cowboys Injury Report


Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware has not practiced all week but is listed as probable on the Dallas Cowboys’ official injury report. He is dealing with a hyper extended right elbow and shoulder injuries.

Ware, will wear a brace on his right shoulder for Sunday’s pivotal game to keep the shoulder from popping out of place. Below is the current injury report.

LB Alex Albright (knee)*

WR Dez Bryant (finger)*

DL Jason Hatcher (thigh)*

RB DeMarco Murray (foot)*

RB Felix Jones (knee)*

NT Jay Ratliff (groin)!

LB Ernie Sims (concussion)*

LB Victor Butler (groin) LP

LB Bradie Poppinga (NIR)

DL Rob Callaway (NIR)

*-Full Practice

LP-Limited practice

!-Did not practice

NIR-Non injury related

2013 NFC Pro Bowl Selections

Pro Bowl

The NFL have announced the 2013 NFC Pro Bowl selections. The Dallas Cowboys will only send two this year to Hawaii. Congrats to outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and tight end Jason Witten. This will be Ware’s seventh straight Pro Bowl selection and this will be Witten’s eighth trip to Hawaii.

The Pro Bowl will be played on Sunday, January 27, 2013 at Aloha Stadium.

Here is the full NFC roster for the 2013 Pro Bowl


*-Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay  Matt Ryan, Atlanta  Robert Griffin III, Washington

Running back

*-Adrian Peterson, Minnesota  Marshawn Lynch, Seattle  Frank Gore, San Francisco


*-Jerome Felton, Minnesota

Wide receiver

*-Calvin Johnson, Detroit  *-Brandon Marshall, Chicago  Julio Jones, Atlanta  Victor Cruz, N.Y. Giants

Tight end

*-Tony Gonzalez, Atlanta  Jason Witten, Dallas


*-Joe Staley, San Francisco  *-Russell Okung, Seattle  Trent Williams, Washington


*-Mike Iupati, San Francisco  *-Jahri Evans, New Orleans  Chris Snee, N.Y. Giants


*-Max Unger, Seattle  Jeff Saturday, Green Bay


Defensive end

*-Jason Pierre-Paul, N.Y. Giants  *-Julius Peppers, Chicago  Jared Allen, Minnesota

Interior linemen

*-Justin Smith, San Francisco  *-Henry Melton, Chicago  Gerald McCoy, Tampa Bay

Outside linebacker

*-Aldon Smith, San Francisco  *-DeMarcus Ware, Dallas  Clay Matthews, Green Bay

Inside/Middle linebacker

*-Patrick Willis, San Francisco  NaVorro Bowman, San Francisco


*-Charles Tillman, Chicago  *-Tim Jennings, Chicago  Patrick Peterson, Arizona

Free safety

*-Dashon Goldson, San Francisco  Earl Thomas, Seattle

Strong safety

*-Donte Whitner, San Francisco

Special teams


Thomas Morstead, New Orleans


Blair Walsh, Minnesota

Kick returner

Leon Washington, Seattle


Lorenzo Alexander, Washington

Long snapper



Cowboys Injury Report


Injury Report

Running back Felix Jones (bruised knee)

Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (flu)

Center Phil Costa (ankle)

Safety Matt Johnson (hamstring)

Defensive end Sean Lissemore (ankle)

Running back DeMarco Murray (foot)

Center Ryan Cook (hamstring)**

Outside linebacker Anthony Spencer (pectoral)**

** full participants in practice.



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Jay Ratliff returns to practice

Cowboys starting nose tackle Jay Ratliff and starting defensive tackle Kenyon Coleman returned to practice today.  This is the first time Ratliff has practiced since hurting his ankle in the Cowboys preseason game against the St. Louis Rams in August.

Also Cowboys rookie safety Matt Johnson, center Phil Costa also participated in some aspects of practice.

Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (hamstring), outside linebacker Anthony Spencer (pectoral muscle), tight end John Phillips (ankle), inside linebacker Bruce Carter (hip), and punter Chris Jones (knee) didn’t practice.


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Cowboys defense carries team to home opener win


The Dallas Cowboys kicked off their home opener at Cowboys Stadium with a 16-10 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. While the Cowboys offense sputtered most of the game, but their defense picked up the slack to power the team to victory.

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo had nothing but praise for his defense after the win.

“To win this game, with the way our defense played, and grind it out,” Romo said. “This is a very, very satisfying win, even though it will kind of get lost in the shuffle as you move into the season. These are the kind of wins you have to have.”

The Cowboys defense held the Buccaneers offense to 163 total yards. Demarcus Ware led the Cowboys defense with two sacks and cause two fumbles while linebacker Sean Lee had six tackles (5 solo) and one interception.

Next up for the Cowboys will be the Chicago Bears (2-1) on Monday Night Football on ESPN.


Passing: T. Romo (DAL) – 283 YDS, 1 INT

Rushing: D. Martin (TB) – 19 CAR, 53 YDS

Receiving: M. Austin (DAL) – 5 REC, 107 YDS

**Cowboys safety Barry Church ruptured his Achilles tendon and will be out for the rest of the season.

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Cowboys Injury Report

Dallas Cowboys defensive linemen Marcus Spears returned to practice today, the Cowboys coaching staff hopes that he (Spears) will be available to play Sunday against Tampa Bay at Cowboys Stadium for the home opener.

Full injury report list:

  • Safety Gerald Sensabaugh (calf)**
  • Defensive Tackle Kenyon Coleman**
  • Nose Tackle Jay Ratliff (ankle)**
  • Center Phil Costa (back)**
  • Safety Matt Johnson (hamstring)**
  • Linebacker Alex Albright (stinger)**
  • Miles Austin (hamstring)*
  • Outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (hamstring)*
  • Safety Barry Church (quad)*
  • Wide receiver Andre Holmes (knee)*
  • Cornerback Mike Jenkins (shoulder)*
  • Outside linebacker Kyle Wilber (thumb)*
  • Tight end Jason Witten (abdomen)*
  • Inside linebacker Sean Lee (hip)*

Notes: **Did Not practiced. *Listed on the injury report but practiced. 

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DeMarcus Ware will not play in tomorrow’s Preseason game


Hamstring injuries are becoming the norm this year for the Cowboys.

Dallas Cowboys All-Pro outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware said he will not play in Saturday’s preseason game against the San Diego Chargers because of a left hamstring injury.

DeMarcus tweaked his hamstring during yesterday’s practice but said the injury is not serious.

Ware joins wide outs Dez Bryant and Miles Austin, OL Nate Livings, and rookie free agent RB Lance Dunbar to the list of Cowboys players having hamstrings problem during training camp.


Source: ESPN Dallas


Happy Birthday DeMarcus Ware

Happy Birthday to future Hall of Fame OLB of the Dallas Cowboys DeMarcus Ware.

Career highlights and awards

  • 6× Pro Bowl (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011)
  • 4× First-team All-Pro (2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro (2006, 2010)
  • 2× NFL sacks leader (2008, 2010)
  • NFC Defensive Player of the Year (2008)
  • NFL Alumni Pass Rusher of the Year (2008)
  • NFL Butkus Award (2008)
  • NFL 2000’s All-Decade Team
  • Ranked 6th on NFL Top 100 in 2012

Stats by NFL.Com and Wikipedia

Dallas Cowboys (2005–present)

Tackles 478
Sacks 99.5
Interceptions 2

DeMarcus Ware ranked #6 in NFLs top 100 list


Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware was ranked number 6 in the NFL’s Top 100 Players of 2012. DeMarcus moved up six spots on this year’s Top 100 list, but he told NFL.Com he won’t stop until he’s No. 1.

Ware’s 2012 stats were impressive. In 2012, he had 55 tackles,19.5 sacks,and 2 forced fumbles. For his career Ware has totaled 478 tackles (381 solo and 97 assisted), 99.5 sacks, and 1 interception.

NFL Top 10 List of 2012

1. Aaron Rodgers- Green Bay

2. Drew Brees- New Orleans

3. Calvin Johnson- Detroit

4. Tom Brady- New England

5. Darrelle Revis- New York Jets

6. DeMarcus Ware- Dallas Cowboys

7. Larry Fitzgerald- Arizona

8. Adrian Peterson- Minnesota

9. Haloti Ngata- Baltimore

10. Patrick Willis- San Francisco



Source: NFL.Com



Lets Get ready to Rumble!

Business just picked up Cowboys Fans…..

The Dallas Cowboys and the Philadelphia Eagles rivalry was always ugly.  With both teams hating each other with a passion.

The trash talk picked up yesterday when The Dallas Cowboys‘ official Twitter page wished Eagles quarterback Michael Vick a happy 32nd birthday Tuesday with a photo of outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware sacking him:

The Philly Insider replied with this statement from their twitter-

Did someone burn the game tapes from 2011? RT @dallascowboys: Happy Birthday Michael Vick from bit.ly/LehhNh

The teams will meet November 11th at Philadelphia then the second game will be December 2nd at Cowboys Stadium.

I can’t wait!

The Dynamic Duo?

We all know that DeMarcus Ware is one of the most feared outside linebackers in the National Football League. The jury is still out on the Cowboys other outside linebacker Anthony Spencer.

The pair combined for 71 quarterback pressures and 25.5 sacks last season. But, how does this stack up against other 3-4 outside linebacker duos in the NFL?

Calvin Watkins of ESPNDallas.com compares DeMarcus Ware and Anthony Spencer vs other outside linebacker duos.

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Dallas Cowboys U ends OTAs

Todd Archer reports via ESPNDallas.com

The team hosted Dallas Cowboys U, a football camp for 160 kids from across the area that allowed players to coach the players in a seven-on-seven-tournament. Jason Witten’s team won the championship over Doug Free’s team.

Garrett has run a similar camp at Princeton through his foundation for years.

“We think it’s good to do for a lot of different reasons, the chemistry and camaraderie on our football team first and foremost, but then to reach out to the community,” Garrett said. “Get these very deserving kids to have a day they will never forget, interact with our players, have a fun day, teach them about football and maybe teach them about some life skills as well. We think it’s a win-win for everybody.”

In addition to Witten and Free, Tony Romo, Gerald Sensabaugh, Jay Ratliff, DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, Sean Lee and Miles Austin served as head coaches and a draft was held Thursday morning to assemble the assistant coaches through the rest of the roster.

“Jason has a great sense of understanding that when much is given, much is expected and I think he wants to give back to the community and give back to some people who at different times can use it,” Romo said. “It’s a great way to get out there not just for the kids but also our football team. It was great to see.”

During the championship game, Austin taught players the finer points of route running and Ware worked with pass rushers. “Hopefully it’s four hours that changes their lives,” Witten said.

With some of the catches made there might have been some future Cowboys on hand.

“You know what’s interesting, often times we have when we have any kind of evaluation of players, be it Dallas Day or a workout we do something called ‘one liners,’” Garrett said. “Hey, get a one-liner on these guys and all of our coaches within the first 30 minutes of being out here were like, ‘When are the one-liners due?’ I said hold off on that, but I’ll tell you what there were some good players out here and there were some plays being made in the red zone.”


Source: ESPNDallas.com

Time to get it done.


Dallas Cowboys’ All Pro linebacker DeMarcus Ware sits down with ESPN’s SportsCenter and weighs in on the current talk of the window closing for the Cowboys.

“I don’t care what anybody else says. I think that each year it’s that time. You can’t wait until next year. You can’t think about what’s happened in the past. The time is now. I feel the same way each year.”- DeMarcus Ware via Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com.

For the full interview click here.

DeMarcus Ware sits out of OTAs

Cowboys’ All-Pro Bowl outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware did not take part in today’s organized team activity due to a minor neck strain.

“We don’t think it’s a big deal,” coach Jason Garrett said. “He didn’t practice today. He should practice tomorrow.”

Defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said he isn’t too concerned about Ware’s neck, considering that Ware had sacks on the final four plays of Tuesday’s practice. Ware was bothered by a stinger for several weeks at the end of last season. -Via Tim MacMahon of ESPNDallas.com