My children used to say there were "Daddy Movies", like Skyfall or Argo, and "Mom Movies". We went to see Silver Linings, a "Mom Movie", and I thought the character played by Al Paccino was crazier than the character who supposed to be crazy. Some of the more recent things I've read in the Dallas media have me convinced the amateur psychologists are busy trying to diagnose Jerry Jones with some sort of mental malady.
Okay, like many of you I sometimes question his judgement, but you know there can be a silver lining to a dark cloud. The current speculation about Spencer reminds me of the Asomugah situation a couple of years ago. The Cowboys made a good offer of $40,000,000 which was what they could afford. Naturally, the player took the Eagles larger $60,000,000 deal. Now that he's being asked to take a salary cut, he might end up making a lot closer to what he would have in Dallas. It worked out for the Cowboys, though. We have Carr at a cheaper price and for now he looks like the better player.
One source has said that Spencer wants $12,000,000 a year. Dave Halprin used roto world as a source to suggest a 4 year $44,000,000 contract which is not far off that. I had thought a much more modest offer along the lines of $6-7 million a year would be better for the Cowboys. I think they could just manage the $11,000,000 a year figure with a lot of bonus money to reduce the cap hit. It would still end up costing us a lot more next year, maybe in the $8-9 million dollar area against the cap. That's too much if you want to get anything else done, like sigining a ocuple of bargain free agents this year and resigning the key players who become free agents next year.
The silver lining is in the domino effect of Spencer leaving. Imagine a defensive line with Spencer the youngest player at 29, Ware and Hatcher at 31, and Ratliff 32. You would need to get younger in a hurry. The problem would be if you decided even though Vacarro or one of the top guard prospects was not as highly rated as a defensive end (and we don't know that), then you wouldn't take the end because Ware and Spencer would need to play for at least three years or you would have a lot of money against the cap and a large dead money hit for somebody playing behind your high draft pick. This way you can choose that player and let him play, or if you do have Vacarro or the NC guard ranked higher or Womack falls to 18, pick who you want. You can also move Hatcher or Crawford over there. That means more room for a defensive tackle you might draft.
One name to keep in mind is Albright. At 6'5" and 260 pounds he doesn't have the measurable of a 4-3 outside linebacker, especially in this version which emphasizes speed. If you search the Internet at www.nfldraftscout.com and type a player's name after that you can review the 40 times that players posted coming out of college. Spencer had a lot better time than Albright which is a general measure of athleticism. On the other hand, Albright's 10 and 20 yard splits were a lot closer. More importantly you give players a chance to play instead of your high priced defensive end and you find out what they can do.
I advocated the resigning of Spencer last year. Now I think he's priced himself off of the Cowboys. He wants DeMarcus Ware money, and although he is a very good player, he's not DeMarcus Ware.