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Jerry Jones expects Miles Austin to remain a Cowboy

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08:55 AM ET 02.24 | A day after Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said he "absolutely" expects defensive tackle Jay Ratliff to be on the 2013 team, owner Jerry Jones stated he anticipates receiver Miles Austin to be right there alongside him. "I think Miles is certainly very much in our plans," Jones said. There have been speculative reports that Austin could be cut for financial reasons in the near future. The Cowboys, who are roughly $20 million over the NFL's payroll ceiling, need to get under it by a March 12 deadline and Austin's 2013 salary cap number is $8.3 million. But Jones said Austin and Ratliff won't be casualties of the salary cap. "They're not that," Jones said. "They're important to us."

Dallas Morning News

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February 24, 2013  09:02 AM ET

Miles Ausitn?

It's called proof-reading, interns.

February 24, 2013  09:21 AM ET

Geez, don't they have a spell check button?

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February 24, 2013  09:39 AM ET

The only way the General will be able to keep these players is to get others to extend their current contracts over several years and don't overpay your QB.

February 24, 2013  09:41 AM ET

Writers do not do their job. OK, the follow up question should have been, " If you are not cutting anybody that makes big bucks, then just how are you going to get under that cap in two weeks? You going to restructure everybody's contract?"

February 24, 2013  09:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

The only way the General will be able to keep these players is to get others to extend their current contracts over several years and don't overpay your QB.

That is how they got into this mess. Take Ratliff for ie. in 2011 they give him a SEVEN year contract for $48 million. OK, they make $10 million signing bonus to keep the base salary down to around $5 million. They guarantee $18 million of it all. NOW, if they cut his aging, oft injured a## they have to apply most of that signing bonus money to this years cap total as dead cap space. Soooo, they cannot afford to keep him, they cannot afford to let him go. They save just ONE million if they cut him. ONE!

February 24, 2013  10:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Intern thought he was writing about a player with mild autism.

Or maybe it's the intern who has mild autism.

February 24, 2013  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Writers do not do their job. OK, the follow up question should have been, " If you are not cutting anybody that makes big bucks, then just how are you going to get under that cap in two weeks? You going to restructure everybody's contract?"

I'm sure the GM has a plan to take care of all this...

Oh, wait... nevermind.

February 24, 2013  10:24 AM ET

Bottom line - about two weeks to figure this mess out.


And - for those at home - this is what happens when you have drafts like 2008/09.

February 24, 2013  10:30 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

That is how they got into this mess. Take Ratliff for ie. in 2011 they give him a SEVEN year contract for $48 million. OK, they make $10 million signing bonus to keep the base salary down to around $5 million. They guarantee $18 million of it all. NOW, if they cut his aging, oft injured a## they have to apply most of that signing bonus money to this years cap total as dead cap space. Soooo, they cannot afford to keep him, they cannot afford to let him go. They save just ONE million if they cut him. ONE!

Often injured?

The guy has been a reliable player, at a high level for years. Last year was injury plagued.

Ratliff is worth keeping when you look at what is available on the market. Lets not forget that Josh Brent is a goner, the other DT's Dallas had to close the season stunk! With them going to the 4-3, they now have only Ratliff and Hatcher as their starters, but still need at least 2 more behind them which will be via the draft.

Once the cap adjusts up in a few years, the team will be ok. Lets not forget they are eating 5m this season due to the NFL penalty and vets that they let go in recent years.

Austin is another that is worth keeping...even with 2 bad hammies, the guy had almost 1000 yds and 6 scores as the 3rd option!!

The savings Dallas will get is in cutting Free, restructuring Romo, Carr, and Ware's deals. Those last 3 will knock a good 20m off the cap and another 5-7 with Free.

February 24, 2013  10:48 AM ET
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Often injured?The guy has been a reliable player, at a high level for years. Last year was injury plagued.Ratliff is worth keeping when you look at what is available on the market. Lets not forget that Josh Brent is a goner, the other DT's Dallas had to close the season stunk! With them going to the 4-3, they now have only Ratliff and Hatcher as their starters, but still need at least 2 more behind them which will be via the draft.Once the cap adjusts up in a few years, the team will be ok. Lets not forget they are eating 5m this season due to the NFL penalty and vets that they let go in recent years.Austin is another that is worth keeping...even with 2 bad hammies, the guy had almost 1000 yds and 6 scores as the 3rd option!! The savings Dallas will get is in cutting Free, restructuring Romo, Carr, and Ware's deals. Those last 3 will knock a good 20m off the cap and another 5-7 with Free.

OK, but the number one reason they keep Ratliff is because he only saves them one million. As far as injuries go, he will be 32 before the regular season starts. Injury free in the past has nothing to do with the present or the future.

February 24, 2013  10:49 AM ET

Remember when Jerry was new to the business and pushing for a salary cap. I wonder if he still thinks it was a good idea.

February 24, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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Often injured?The guy has been a reliable player, at a high level for years. Last year was injury plagued.Ratliff is worth keeping when you look at what is available on the market. Lets not forget that Josh Brent is a goner, the other DT's Dallas had to close the season stunk! With them going to the 4-3, they now have only Ratliff and Hatcher as their starters, but still need at least 2 more behind them which will be via the draft.Once the cap adjusts up in a few years, the team will be ok. Lets not forget they are eating 5m this season due to the NFL penalty and vets that they let go in recent years.Austin is another that is worth keeping...even with 2 bad hammies, the guy had almost 1000 yds and 6 scores as the 3rd option!! The savings Dallas will get is in cutting Free, restructuring Romo, Carr, and Ware's deals. Those last 3 will knock a good 20m off the cap and another 5-7 with Free.

Not that simple with the cap. The projections I find show a cap of $122 million in 2014. Romo, if his contract is voided counts as $8 million in dead cap space that year. If tagged another $15 million, total of around $23 million. You cannot eliminate the dead cap money no matter what you do with the numbers.

You do not factor in the contracts up after 2013, Sean Lee, Hatcher, can connor and others. Just not that simple A lot of teams have the same problem.

February 24, 2013  10:58 AM ET
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Remember when Jerry was new to the business and pushing for a salary cap. I wonder if he still thinks it was a good idea.

Blame the players for this cap. They never should have signed that new CBA. The cap is $15 million lower than it was four years ago. And the difference is all in the owners pockets. Every one of them.

February 24, 2013  12:21 PM ET

Cowboy, Redskin, Eagle, what's the difference, he won't be a Giant!!!

February 24, 2013  12:25 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Intern thought he was writing about a player with mild autism.

or maybe the intern is dyslexic

 
February 24, 2013  06:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Miles Ausitn?It's called proof-reading, interns.

You must feel pretty powerful and wise, sitting back and waiting for someone to make a typo and then descending on them with unbridled scorn when you notice the mistake.

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