With the help of several Bridgeport Kingpin triple-hopped red ales, I took my turn at the roster builder. Here is what I came up with
QB (2/0): Tony Romo and Kyle Orton. I thought about keeping one of the young QBs on the Practice Squad, but frankly, I don't think either of those is good enough to not be available off the street if we need one later. Frankly, if we get to our third QB, we're going to be desperate enough to sign somebody with experience but no long-term future.
OT (3/2): Tyron Smith, Jermey Parnell, and Doug Free. I think Parnell wins but Free's experience and versatility keeps him on the roster. However, I think they hedge their bets and go short at OT with both Edawn Coughman and Darrion Weems on the PS to hopefully replace Free next year.
OG (3/0): I think either Nate Livings or Mackenzy Bernadeau get beat out this year. I flipped a coin and Livings you're gone. Both Ronald Leary and David Arkin will step up, but I think Leary ends up starting with all of us pleased with Arkin as a backup .
DE (4/1): DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, Kyle Wilber, and Ben Bass. Crawford's flexibility kicks in if either Ware and Spencer get hurt for significant time. It came down to a choice between Bass and Igbinosun and sadly, BB beats II. I've heard good things about Sheffield and I think they slide him to the PS.
S (5/1): I just can't see how to get less than 5 here. Will Allen is the first of these 5 to get cut, but I think they'd like to have him around for experience. Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox win the starting jobs. Matt Johnson and Jakar Hamilton, though, look very good in camp and make this a tough call. Hamilton plays too well to even try to slide him on the PS, but Jeff Heath can and will be there. McCray might beat Allen or Moore, but I'm thinking their ability to play on defense will outweigh his teams play.
Players 46-53: These are the 8 that, disregarding injuries, will not dress on game day. They are: Randle, Lawrence, Kowalski, Arkin, Bass, Magee, Moore, Hamilton.
These will be the prime Special Teamers: Tanner, Rosario, Hanna, Holloman, Albright, Magee, Johnson, Allen, Webb, Hamilton, Moore, and Randle. That's a really sound core, I think, and it's what makes McCray expendable. I would rather have Hamilton's upside at safety than McCray's slightly better teams play.
Other interesting names. Sims' experience just isn't enough to outweigh the talent of Magee, Holloman, McSurdy, and Tank. Same with Eric Frampton, though he has a slight chance to beat out Will Allen. In general, when it came to coin flips, I generally went with the younger players, both because I think it's the better choice and also what they want to do as an organization.
It says I ended up with $108,122,280 as my salary, putting me about $11 million under the cap. It says I have $3.5 million of dead 2014 money. I will say, I am not convinced that either of these are exactly correct. I could only find $2.1 million of dead money (Livings) that I cut.
Finally, I think Jason Garrett is going to have challenges with his cuts this year. This is one of the best 90-man rosters of the Cowboys in quite some time. A number of our cuts will find jobs. We're going to be lucky to get most of our choices to the Practice Squad.