News: BTB: Can Cowboys Profit From "Soft Free Agency Market" in 2012?

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    Can Cowboys Profit From "Soft Free Agency Market" in 2012?
    by One.Cool.Customer

    ...Additionally, the overall salary cap this year - which the NFL is likely to release sometime today - will likely be very close to last year's figure of $120 million, which would further dampen the enthusiasm of teams to spend freely in free agency - at least those teams willing to spend in the first place. And that may be another plus point for the Cowboys as they pursue their free agent targets.

    Bechta concludes:

    Great free agents will always get great contracts and there will always be a handful of teams who will consistently compete in the free agent market. However, with no sense of urgency to spend right now, most organizations will tap the breaks and keep their powder dry (aka: keep it in their pocket).

    The Cowboys have created a lot of cap space for this year, and they can create a lot more. $8.6 million more are available by changing Scrandrick's and Free’s salary into a bonus this year. Up to $6 million more could be added by cutting Terence Newman, which is expected to happen by next Tuesday.

    Other players like David Buehler ($1.26 million) or Kenyon Coleman ($1.9 million) could end up as cap casualties as well. Restructuring Jason Witten and potentially Tony Romo and DeMarcus Ware again could free up just about as much space as the Cowboys could ever want.

    The Cowboys will probably go about filling holes on their roster judiciously via free agency. But if they need to, they can create the salary cap room to sign just about any free agents they want to. And what better time to do that than when the market for free agents is soft?

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