Philosophy

Recent research shows why the Cowboys’ front office philosophy is brutally wrong

Recent research shows why the Cowboys' front office philosophy is brutally wrong

According to Over The Cap, the Dallas Cowboys are the fourth team with the most salary cap space in the NFL.

That means little to Cowboys Nation, as the team’s philosophy is clearly to spend little in free agency and watch the salary cap. Building through the NFL Draft has been the motto of the front office for a long time, and that’s unlikely to change any time soon.

That’s always been frustrating for those looking for available free agents who realize the Cowboys could improve at needy positions with a pass or two. It’s even more infuriating when that notification lands on his phone telling him that the Los Angeles Rams have paid another player.

Recent investigations make it even more frustrating for Cowboys fans.

Lately, cash over cap it’s become a huge conversation in the NFL. It’s an important concept to understand when discussing the salary cap, as many continue to call the cap a “myth.”

Before we delve into what this all means for the Dallas Cowboys, check out the video below where Andrew Brandt (former Packers GM and host of the Sports Business podcast) explains cash over the top.

Here’s the thing.

In essence, the salary cap is an accounting system. Every penny a team pays its players will count toward the cap…eventually. Prorated bonuses allow teams to move on. At some point, all those dollars will have to be reflected in the salary cap.

But with NFL revenue rising steadily each year, “kicking the can down the road” is easy for teams with money.

Are the Cowboys wasting what could be their greatest strength?

According to Pro Football Network research, the Cowboys have the fifth-richest owner in Jerry Jones with an estimated net worth of $9.1 billion. Rams real estate mogul Stan Kroenke ranks fourth.*

*Note: This ranking was done prior to Bob Walton’s purchase of the Denver Broncos.

As teams like the Rams continue to manipulate the salary cap thanks to their deep pockets and ability to dole out prorated bonuses left and right, one can’t help but wonder why the Cowboys aren’t as aggressive.

Building teams in the NFL is easier if you have more money, even with a salary cap.

But there is still a big challenge. NFL Network Tom Pelissero said it best: You have to be right. The Rams aren’t just paying their guys, they’re doing it early. That allows them to get even more benefit from their moves.

On the other hand, the Cowboys’ negotiating tactics generally center around playing the waiting game.

The reality is that this is how Jerry and Stephen Jones operate. But football has always been about evolution. Offenses adapt and defenses react. It is the eternal game of chess. Can the Cowboys apply that principle to the economics of the game?

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