2014 Dallas Cowboys Offseason Salary Cap and Financial Report


Welcome to one of the newest additions to the Over the Cap website: the offseason Financial Scouting Report, which should help serve as a guide to a teams’ offseason planning for the 2014 season.  This will be our third report and will break down some thoughts on the Dallas Cowboys. Each report will contain a breakdown of the current roster, a look at performance from 2013, salary cap outlooks, free agents, salary cap cuts, draft costs, extension candidates, and possible free agent targets. The hope is to do a report for all 32 teams by the start of Free Agency, if time allows. Thus far we have covered the Jets and Texans.

Because the report contains some graphs and charts and over 4,000 words it is available for download as an Adobe PDF file that you can read at your leisure offline and keep for a handy reference during the year rather than as a blog post. The report is free for download and reading, but if you find the report useful and would like to help OTC continue to grow and add content like this we would appreciate the “purchase” of the report for just $1.00 by clicking the Paypal link below or the one within the report. Also if using any of the graphs or salary data please just add a reference to OTC when doing so.

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  • Ox

    About to read, this is going to be a blood bath…..

  • NYG Cap Central

    Fantastic work. Are they definitely screwed in 2015, or is 2016 more likely to be the year they suffer most in?

  • TheeLidman

    Jets, who need WR help should offer the ‘Boys Kenrick Ellis, who would immediatley start at DT/NT for them and wouldn’t cost them anymore than Williams would. Sure, hard to get rid of a young talent like TW, but they certainly have offensive skill position depth, and exactly the opposite on the DL.

  • Donna Crotty

    Outstanding report. I felt guilty only paying $1. I hope you sell a lot to make up for your time and effort.

  • Ox

    “Releasing Austin only saves the team $393,800, meaning they lose net cap space by
    releasing him. Still there is no reason to pay him $5.5 million to play this year. If designated a June 1 cut
    the Cowboys will gain $5.5 million in cap space on June 2, giving them the funds they need to sign their
    rookie draft class and have some cap relief during the season.”

    I’m still a little lost on this, went though the 101 link on the right again, but can’t wrap my head around the cap savings going from $400K to $5.5M if done on June 2 – is that because they can push the burden to 2015? The advantage of the June 1st or prior at $400K being they can use it for draft cap?

    • Ryan Feder

      What the June 1 designation does it it defers the acceleration of the signing bonus and future p5 guarantees until the next year. So in Miles Austin’s case: his 2014 base salary of 5.5mil is NOT guaranteed (and he has no future p5 guarantees left). If you designate him a june 1 cut – only his signing bonus would have to be accounted for the 2014 season – and then in 2015 the remaining p5 guarantees (there are none) and the remaining signing bonus hits would accelerate as a hit in 2015. So the 5.5 savings comes from wiping away the UNGUARANTEED 5.5 million P5 2014 salary – but they still have to account for the 2014 signing bonus. The remaining signing bonus hits will then be accounted for in 2015.

      The advantage of the June 1 Cut is that it creates more cap space in the current year which like you alluded to can be spent on draft signings because you have to hold that space as “filled” until June 1, at which point the relief comes.

      If you just do a standard cut – all the future guarantees and signing bonus hits accelerate into the current season, you don’t get to defer any of it. With the full acceleration, the Cowboys will only save the 393,800 which is less savings than what it would cost to replace his roster spot with a minimum salary player, thus resulting in a Net Loss of cap space.