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


DeMarco Murray returns to practice




The Dallas Cowboys welcomed back starting running back DeMarco Murray to practice yesterday, Murray missed the last six games due to a foot injury he suffered in the Cowboys Week 6 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

The Cowboys also saw the returns of defensive ends Sean Lissemore (ankle) and defensive end Jason Hatcher (concussion), wide receivers Miles Austin (hip, back) and Kevin Ogletree (concussion) and center Ryan Cook (knee).


Falcons soar pass the Cowboys 19-13.

Deja Vu anyone? Same mental mistakes and the same puzzling play calling in crunch time derails the Dallas Cowboys once again.

The Dallas Cowboys (3-5) fall to the undefeated Atlanta Falcons (8-0) at the Georgia Dome 19-13.  Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo completed 25 of 35 passes for 321 yards, a touchdown, and no interceptions.

Cowboys inside linebacker Bruce Carter continues to shine as the defensive signal caller in the absence of the injured Sean Lee. Carter finished with nine tackles and one pass break up..

Head Coach Jason Garrett had this to say after the stunning loss….

“There’s a reason they’re undefeated halfway through the season,” Dallas coach Jason Garrett said. ”This is a challenging place to play at. I thought we did some good things in the ballgame. They did more good things. We didn’t do enough to win this game in all three phases of our football team.”

The lone bright spot of the game was Cowboys tight end Jason Witten becoming the new Dallas Cowboys all-time leader for career receptions with 754.


Game Notes

  • Miles Austin had seven catches for 76 yards.
  • Jason Witten had seven catches for 51 yards. (Became the Cowboys all-time receptions leader passing Michael Irvin’s Cowboys record of 750 career receptions.)
  • Jason Garrett is 4-9 in his last 13 games and 16-16 since taking over as head coach of the Cowboys in the middle of  the 2010 season.
  • Falcons QB Matt Ryan was 24 of 34 for 342 yards passing.
  • RB Michael Turner ran for 102 yards on 20 attempts.



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Turnovers dooms Cowboys comeback attempt.

In a game where turnovers plagued the Dallas Cowboys all game their huge comeback attempt comes up short as the New York Giants held on for a 29-24 victory in Cowboys Stadium. The stunning loss drops the Cowboys to overall record of 3-4 and are currently 1-1 in their division with four NFC East games remaining.

The Cowboys defense led by nose tackle Jay Ratliff was stellar most of the game only allowing the Giants offense a total of 293 yards and 13 points (five FG’s, 1 touchdown).

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo finished the game with 437 yards passing with a touchdown and four interceptions he also rushed for a touchdown. Cowboys tight end Jason Witten had a record-setting  day with 18 receptions for 167 yards. Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin had nine receptions for 133 yards, and troubled wide receiver Dez Bryant chipped in with 5 receptions for 110 yards but he also had one costly fumble on a punt return.

Game Notes

  • Cowboys had a season-high six turnovers, five of them leading to New York scores.
  • Lance Dunbar had 142 yards for an average of 23.7 yards per return on kickoff returns.
  • Giants remain a perfect 4-0 in Cowboys Stadium.
  • Eli Manning was 15 for 29 for 192 yards and one interception.
  • Game attendance: 94,067

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Cavin Watkins:Cowboys Injury Report

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 The Dallas Cowboys finished their last practice here Thursday and have a new injury, this one to the offensive line.

*Tackle Jermey Parnell missed the afternoon session with a stiff neck. He should be fine, but is uncertain for the San Diego Chargers game.

*Running back Lance Dunbar (hamstring) returned to practice after missing nearly two weeks.

*Safety Matt Johnson (hamstring) missed the afternoon session as a precaution.

*Guard Nate Livings (hamstring) received some limited snaps in the afternoon.

*Wide receiver Miles Austin (hamstring) was sprinting during his rehab work.

Dez Bryant hurt; Cowboys Injury list grows

The Dallas Cowboys injuries keep piling up. Add wide receiver Dez Bryant to the list of Cowboys players currently on the injury list. Dez Bryant’s hamstring tightened during the middle of the team drills.

“I’m fine,” Bryant said as he walked off the field.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said if there was any “sensitivity” to further injury then Bryant would not see the field against the Raiders.

Injury List

WR Miles Austin – Was held out of the end of Saturday’s  practice after tweaking his hamstring. Stephen Jones said the team is not concerned, but he missed six games last year with hamstring injuries, not to mention most of training camp.

RB Lance Dunbar– Sat on the sidelines without pads during team drills Saturday with a tight hamstring. Dunbar said “I can’t afford to miss any preseason games.”

TE John Phillips– Midway through Saturday’s practice, he limped into the locker room with an ankle injury. Jones said he doesn’t anticipate the club signing a new tight end right now.

DE Marcus Spears– Team doctors administered a concussion test during Saturday’s practice. after leaving the field, Spears said: “I’ll see in the morning how I feel.”

CB Morris Claiborne– Sprained his MCL during practice Wednesday. He tried to play through it Friday, but left before team drills and had an MRI. Claiborne said he should be ready in a week.

G Mackenzy Bernadeau – Passed his physical and was taken off PUP on Saturday. Has yet to practice once with the club because of hip surgery he underwent soon after signing as a free agent in March. He is also working back from a minor knee scope late in the offseason.

WR Danny Coale – Moved off PUP on Saturday after passing physical. NFLPA rules state players still must sit out three days, so because of Wednesday’s off day, his first practice should be Thursday.

RB Phillip Tanner– Will fly to Dallas for surgery on his right hand on Sunday, but may be able to return in a week or two.

WR Saalim Hakim – chipped a bone in his left ring finger on Friday and will go with Tanner to see a hand specialist on Sunday. He’ll miss roughly a week.

G Nate Livings– Sustained a hamstring injury that will sideline him for the scrimmage Sunday and possibly a day or two after that.

OLB Anthony Spencer– Sitting out with a hamstring injury he tweaked on Friday. Likely won’t play in the scrimmage and could miss a few days next week.

DE Jason Hatcher– Held out of Saturday’s practice with slight hamstring injury.

CB Mike Jenkins– Still not practicing because of shoulder injury that required surgery back in January. Could be two weeks away from returning, but seems to be making good progress in his conditioning.

FS Matt Johnson– Off the PUP list but hasn’t practiced with the team yet after recovering from a hamstring injury. He’s been mostly doing workouts with resistance cords on the sideline at practice.

SS Gerald Sensabaugh –First practice back in pads after being held out for knee injury. Underwent minor scope back in early July.

DE Tyrone Crawford – Returned to practice after missing some time Friday with a slight knee injury.

DT Jay Ratliff– The Cowboys are being overly cautious with his foot injury, diagnosed as plantar fasciitis. He’s gone through some of the walk-through practices, but it’s unlikely he will be turned loose anytime soon.

G Kevin Kowalski– Wearing a hard cast up to his knee although it’s diagnosed as an ankle injury. He is still on PUP and likely won’t get the chance to practice for another 2-3 weeks, if not longer.

G Bill Nagy– Suffered a high-ankle sprain early in camp and should miss 2-4 weeks. Wearing a walking boot.

Injury List courtesy of DallasCowboys.Com