Originally Posted by Eskimo
That's always been Jerry's problem. He waits way too long before extending core players. As those players get into the final season's of their deals they don't see the point in re-signing without letting FA set their price which is usually well above what it would have taken 1.5 years earlier. This is why we see other teams around the league stuffed full of their core players and no trouble staying under the cap but we are always under some monumental struggle to do so.
Well that and signing players past their expiration dates to long-term deals - see the deal given to a declining Jay Ratliff prior to the 2010 season. If we didn't sign him to that deal we could have afforded Spencer. Instead the younger, better and healthier player likely has to leave to keep the old used guy who has a guaranteed salary.
Oh how I wish the old man would just hire himself a real GM and quit relying on his son's judgment on contracts.
[View Full Quote]Right now we should be working on a way to extend Romo in the offseason and then start negotiations with Dez so the deal is done by the middle of the season. Tyron is then next in line. I'd like to put Carter, Lee and Murray in there too but none have demonstrated enough durability to be worth a long-term deal with lots of guaranteed money, unfortunately.
It'll be nice once we manage the clear the dead weight deals given to Free, Austin and Ratliff.
I don't agree. Jerry biggest problem is locking up aging core players after 30 years old and losing all cap flexibility as those contract back end years rise dramatically. Jerry operates like GM whose team is on cusp of a super bowl when he should be building like a team that is about 6-8 players away each year.