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This Might Explain Some Things – NFL Salary Cap

A lot of fans are continuously asking why we aren’t signing Marion Barber – you say ‘do it now’, ‘give him the money!’ Well the truth is the Cowboys don’t have the money because of the salary cap. They have $3.9 million left and are number 30 of 32 in the list of NFL teams money left under the cap. We still need some funds for the draft, in which the Cowboys hope to pick up some future stars.

That’s why they issued Barber the highest tender, it was the best way to keep him safe. God forbid someone makes Barber an offer and the Cowboys have to counter-offer, they will have to move some numbers. If all goes well, Barber will probably get a long term deal this summer or during the next season. Don’t sweat it!

NFL Salary Cap Facts:
2008 numbers: Cap = $116 million, Floor = 85.2% of cap = $98.8 million

In transitions, if a player retires, is traded, or is cut before June 1st, all remaining bonus is applied to the salary cap for the current season. If the payroll change occurs after June 1st, the current cap is unchanged, and the next year’s cap must absorb the entire remaining bonus.

Because of this treatment, NFL contracts almost always include the right to cut a player before the beginning of a season. If a player is cut, his salary for the remainder of his contract is not paid, and never counted against the salary cap for that team. A highly sought-after player signing a long term contract will usually receive a guaranteed signing bonus, thus providing him with financial security even if he is cut before the end of his contract.

Source: Wikipedia.com

Although the following article is about how most teams have more money than they can spend, the Cowboys aren’t really one of those teams. Check out this article.

Increase has teams well under salary cap – Yahoo! Sports

Cowboys Fine With What They Got

It appears as if the Dallas Cowboys are content with the current roster. Jerry Jones must know something the rest of the Dallas Cowboys Nation doesn’t. Dallas has not brought in any big name free agents or any free agents for that matter to Valley Ranch for even a visit with the exception of Zach Thomas. With those of you content with the current roster let me say this, this roster hasn’t changed much since the divisional round playoff loss against the Giants in January. All the starters that started on both sides of the ball are still there. There have been no major upgrades so far this off-season. All we have really done is signed our own free agents. Flozell “2 full starts per game” Adams got a 6 yr deal done before the start of free agency and Ken Hamlin got the franchise tag. Marion Barber and Chris Canty both got tendered. So, any of you excited so far? Personally, the loss against the Giants left a real sour taste in my mouth. It proved that we were weak in some areas and needed upgrades in others. So far, nothing has happened and I am worried guys. I can’t believe I am saying this but I am not excited so far about going into next season with basically the same team as last year. I’m not. If Terrell Owens or Terry Glenn are injured in 2008 we become an average team. If Marion Barber goes down we have an average team. Heaven forbid, if Tony Romo goes down we have a descent team. So LoneStarStruckers, are you guys fine with basically going into 2008 with the same team as last year? Let me know?     

Adding Fuel To The Fire

As with any group of people or team, you mess with one, you have messed with them all. The Cowboys are no different and they are not a team you want to add fuel to their fire! I mean, they are ON FIRE already! Kitna needs to know one thing, "This is not last years team!" They have had time to get comfortable with one another and they ARE a powerful force. NO DOUBT!

Now, I like Kitna. As a matter of fact, he was my fantasy QB pick second only to my ultimate favorite, Romo. Kitna should be concerned about his own team, personal stats and the upcoming game against the Big Bad Cowboys! Kitna has let me down as a fantasy football player. While he is throwing at a rate that puts him in the 10th spot in the league, his team needs help with the run. The Kittens won’t be able to run on the Cowboys and I don’t recommend that they try many of the passes in their current game plan. The Cowboys WILL snatch those right out of the sky!

As a fantasy player, I find myself scrambling for a decent QB to get me through this week. I can’t afford a loss right now and the Cowboys will stop the kitty-cats! Kitna’s fantasy points have been low but against the Cowboys, he doesn’t stand a fantasy chance! While the stats between these two teams do not sound promising, us Cowboy Fans know one thing FOR SURE: this is not the same Cowboy team as last season and ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN!!

The Cowboys are 11-10 all-time against Detroit, though the Lions have won nine of the past 14 . . .  Since 2001 Detroit has blocked 20 kicks, including 14 field goals, most in the league. Rogers is responsible for 11 of those blocks . . . The Cowboys own just a 4-8 record playing at Detroit . . . While the Cowboys come into the game with the eighth-ranked rushing offense, averaging 121.4 yards a game, the Lions enter dead last with their 77.2 average.

I don’t know how many times I can say this in one blog but I will say it again….

THIS IS NOT THE SAME COWBOYS TEAM!

This is clearly a team of winners! This is a team of players that eat, drink, sleep and play the game. A team, that, on their days off, they WANT to be at work! Now, who wants to WORK on their day off? Give me a day off and see how quick I can disappear off the planet!! HA! YA know!?

Cowboys win this road game 31-20.  GO COWBOYS!!

On a side note, I would like to send a shout out to the Steelers!! Go Steelers! Beat New England!! My husband disagrees with me on this one. He wants New England to be undefeated when we meet them again later this year. Not me! I want to see the Steelers go buck wild on them! I don’t believe the Jets, Miami or the Giants can beat New England but I think the Steelers can AND WILL make that happen! I will be watching and cheering them on! I wanted the Ravens to do it and they were SOOO CLOSE! That was a great game from start to finish! To be honest, I don’t like the Steelers but my dislike for New England is greater. Nothing would please me more than to see the Steelers spank the Patriots!

Also, in case you missed it, you can see my slideshow from the GB @ Dallas game by clicking here! I had a BLAST at that game and I can hardly wait for the final season home game against Philly! I don’t believe that will be the last time I get to share pictures from the game with you. I must have been a good girl this year because Santa gave me my Christmas gift early: TICKETS TO THE PLAY-OFFS AT TEXAS STADIUM!! Yeah, baby!! Take me to the Play-Offs, Cowboys!! You were the only thing on my Christmas wish-list!

1.) No Coal 2.) Tickets to the Play-offs 3.) Cowboys help me be able to use those tickets 4.) Cowboys are NFC Champs 5.) Cowboys win the Super Bowl!!

That isn’t asking for much! hehehe!!

I hope you enjoy the slideshow! Remember comments are always welcome! Don’t forget to make your predictions and set your fantasy teams early! There is a game on Thursday! Good luck to you all and…

GOOOO COWBOYS!!!!

some info from DallasCowboys.com News