Failed Cowboy Cap Management 101
The Dallas Cowboys have forgotten limit management rule #1: don’t overestimate your own people.
“Team America” will soon have more than 11% of its limit tied to a depreciated position.
Recently, the Cowboys decided to tag the franchise to RB Tony Pollard for $10 million to prevent him from attacking the free agent. That equates to 4.38% of their limited space. Pollard’s costs are combined with RB Ezekiel Elliott’s $16.7 million cap — or 7.2%. their hats.
Together, the Cowboys now have more than 11% of their limit tied to two players.
“Tony is a big part of our plan,” said owner and GM Jerry Jones, According to Sports News.
According to CowboysSi.comDallas said Elliott is also a key part of their plans, though that could change and his contract could be renegotiated.
The Cowboys’ plan would bring the league’s most expensive full-back/wing-back team for nearly $27.7 million. The next highest is the San Francisco 49ers with $21.6 million.
For comparison, the Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl champion has $5.3 million for the slot, every Spotrac. The Philadelphia Eagles have less than $3 million in this location, every Spotrac.
Every OverTheCap, 10 backruns have an average annual value of more than $10 million. Cowboys will soon have two.
In a limited world, teams can fall into a limit crisis when they overvalue their players, as the Cowboys did. It can be hard to let go of the players you’ve drafted, developed, and built a relationship with. But there is a finite amount of money allocated in the roster to find the best team.
The Cowboys outlined Elliott and Pollard, who are recovering from an ankle injury sustained in the knockout round against the Niners. He’s a backup until his 2022 Pro Bowl season. While it can be hard for a Pro Bowl player to go away with nothing, sometimes that’s just the nature of the beast.