Not only will Dan Campbell hit the open market, but it looks like Scott Fujita and Andre Gurode will too. Both have received offers, but that's about it. They may want to see what they can get and Dallas may take the opportunity to re-make a good part of the roster in the offseason.
Fujita would seem to have the best chance of staying.
So why are the Cowboys waiting to sign their UFA's, or even planning to let them go? Well, according to Todd Archer, we could be in a pretty good position to be aggressive in free agency.
If there is a new deal, the cap could move to as high as $104 million, and the Cowboys will have roughly $20 million of space and the same ability to create more room.
So we could be anywhere from $10 - $30 million under the cap when all is said and done. That's plenty of scratch to do damage in free agency. But we're still waiting on that damn CBA deal to get it all figured out.
Speaking of the CBA, Len Pasquarelli has his idea of what the dispute between the owners is all about. You can read the ESPN article here. The money paragraph follows, and the example used is the perennial cap abusers, the Redskins.
For the fans who can't get their heads around how this works, here's a simple example: Let's say the Redskins signed an unrestricted free agent to a five-year deal that includes a signing bonus of $10 million and a base salary of $1 million for the first season of the contract. In salary cap terms, the Redskins are charged only $3 million, arrived at by prorating the signing bonus over five years and then adding the base salary. But in real dollars expended, or payroll, that player cost the Redskins $11 million for the first year. That's a difference of $8 million between what the player was actually paid and what his cap charge was for the initial season of the contract.
I don't fault the Redskins for gaming the system, but I sure would like to see the bill finally come due.