The Dallas Cowboys and Jerry Jones are doing away with the past. We’re not talking about the 5 Super Bowl trophys. We’re talking about expensive, unproductive veterans. 5-Time Pro Bowl left tackle, Flozell “The Hotel” (he’s 6 foot 7 inches tall and 340 lbs) Adams and 2007 Pro Bowl safety Ken “my neck is so long that I should be on a National Geographic special” Hamlin, were cut by the Cowboys Thursday. Adams and Hamlin both signed six-year deals through 2013 before the 2008 season. Adams, who will turn 35 in May, was due a $2.5 million roster bonus in June and a $5 million base salary for the 2010 season. Ken Hamlin’s base salary this season was to be just over $5.5 million.
Ordinarily, moves like these could possibly cripple a team’s salary cap space. Like when the Cowboys cut Terrell Owens prior to the start of last season (he was cut after 1 season after signing a 4 year contract extension). Instead of dealing with all of the distractions he brought to the team, they took a $9 million cap hit. $9 million of dead cap space just to rid themselves of a cancer. But this year, due to the owners and players association not coming to an agreement on a new collective bargaining agreement, there is no salary cap. Hence, no penalty for releasing overpaid veterans. This move saved the Cowboys $13 million for the upcoming season.
Normally, you would think that Jerry Jones would be licking his surgically enhanced chops when he hears the words “Uncapped Season”. OK, he might be licking them, but not reaching for his wallet at the same time. This seems to be a new and improved Jerry that we are seeing. After opening “Jerry’s World” last year, millions upon millions of dollars of new revenue are streaming into his bank account. But this hasn’t meant that Jerry will open his checkbook and spend as much as possible. The uncapped season is letting owners shed these bad contracts in order to re-position themselves with younger players for the long haul. With the Cowboys, this means getting wide Receiver Miles Austin signed to a long-term deal. That $13 million coming off the books makes this possible.