5 Wonders: Six years for Tony Romo?
|Ed Werder joins Richard Durrett and Ian Fitzsimmons to discuss what he took away from the NFL combine and his conversation with Jerry Jones on the penthouse bus. |
• I don’t wonder about the Cowboys signing Anthony Spencer to a long-term deal before the free-agent market opens. I do wonder if the Cowboys can really place the franchise tag on him for the second straight year. Owner and GM Jerry Jones said the Cowboys have a “reasonable way” in which they can keep Spencer in 2013. By reasonable, I don’t believe he’s talking about the $10.6 million price tag as much as he is simply just putting the tag on him. If the Cowboys want to tag Spencer, they would have to essentially come up with $30 million in salary cap room because they are over the projected cap by roughly $20 million. They can get there by restructuring a number of contracts, but it pushes out bigger money against the cap in future years. Dallas has to ask itself if he's worth it. The Cowboys are moving to the 4-3, and Spencer will play the right defensive end. I had one AFC personnel man tell me Spencer would go back to six sacks a year in that role in that scheme. Part of what made Spencer successful as a pass-rusher in 2012 was how much he moved around.
• It’s funny how the combine works for players. Teams constantly say they put more stock in the tape than they do what a guy does in shorts or whatever Under Armour is putting them in nowadays, but then you hear about risers coming out of the week in Indianapolis. Blame the media, or at least the ex-coaches and personnel guys who have media jobs. But I wonder if the performances of two offensive linemen -- North Carolina’s Jonathan Cooper and Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson -- take them out of play for the Cowboys at No. 18 overall. Cooper was powerful and could move. Johnson showed good strength and can run as well. The good news is that if these guys rise, other players will fall. I still can’t see Alabama’s Chance Warmack falling to No. 18, but some didn’t like what he showed at the combine. To them, I’ll steal a line from Randy Galloway: Watch the game.
|Herm Edwards joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss the NFL combine and Cowboys' offseason. Edwards says Rod Marinelli is the key to the defense this season, not Monte Kiffin. He also talks about what it would be like to work for Jerry Jones. |
• I’m really wondering if the Cowboys will not cut Doug Free before March 12 when they need to get under the cap. It’s been assumed all along he would be because of his $10.02 million cap number and the team’s need to create room. If the Cowboys were to cut Free now, he would likely be designated a June 1 cut, which means the team would not gain the $7 million benefit until then. That would be enough to pay for their draft picks and college free agents. Maybe it makes sense for the Cowboys to see what they get in free agency and the draft before letting go of Free. The talk of him moving to guard does not make much sense since he's not a power player.
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