INDIANAPOLIS – The main purpose of the combine is to evaluate players for the upcoming draft, which is still about two months away.
A deadline that is approaching much quicker and could be even more important is March 12, the first day of the new league year. That’s the start of the free-agent signing period and when the Cowboys must get under the salary cap. Currently the team is about $20 million over.
But again, whether it’s Jerry Jones, Stephen Jones or even Jason Garrett, who admits he doesn’t get directly involved in those decisions, no one seems too concerned about the cap situation.
The biggest sticking point is
However, Jerry Jones said this weekend the Cowboys could still get under the cap without getting Romo’s deal finalized before the March 12 deadline.
“It’s not necessarily you have to have Romo done before you make these other decisions,” Jones said. “It’s not necessarily so but it is what you want to do. But it’s not what you have to do. It’s not all one in the same. But immediately for the March 12th time, we don’t have to have any one (player) signed or redone.”
As of this weekend, the Cowboys have had only informal talks with the agents of Romo and
However, Jones said there is a “reasonable way” to prevent Spencer from hitting the open market. But he did say he won’t pay Spencer what he’s initially looking for, which is a contract that will pay him about $12 million annually.
It’s believed Spencer would like to stay in Dallas but not at a huge hometown discount.
In smaller free-agent news, the Cowboys met with