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Mailbag: How Will The Cap Affect Contracts?; Is RB A Draft Need?

JOSH BACKMANBALTIMORE, MD
Future increases in salary cap has always been the justification for pushing money into the future, saying it won't hurt as bad since the cap will soon be higher. But since the cap will be higher doesn't that just mean average salaries will just keep rising to fill up the extra cap space, and the teams like the Cowboys that continuously push money off into the future will always be pushing up against it and never actually get the relief anticipated? Seems like basic economics to me.

Bryan: I am not an economics major but I believe that Joseph Randle is one from Oklahoma State? Has this pushing of money into the future cost them any players? I don't think so. They chose not to sign Murray, Carter and Parnell. The core players they have under contract are young and productive so that's not an issue. They were forced to make the move for Romo because they couldn't get a deal with Bryant so pushing that money out was necessary. I am also willing to bet that you are one of those fans that wanted to re-sign Rolando McClain, which is not a bad thing, but that takes money to do as well. Economics or not you have to do what you have to do now to build your team – now.

David: I think you make a valid point, because contracts are bound to increase in value as the salary cap goes up. That said, the Cowboys have shown they're willing to part ways with guys who will hurt their cap too much. Yes, you have to pay Tony Romo, and yes, Dez Bryant will command a lot of money. Those are exceptions you have to make, but you can offset those costs by drafting well and being smart in free agency – two things the Cowboys have shown they can do in the past few years.

RICH PACETTIWEST DEPTFORD, NJ
Am I the only one comfortable with the team not drafting a RB this year? We have McFadden who when healthy can be special and I am a big fan of what I saw from Ryan Williams last preseason and was surprised he didn't at least make the roster. Add in Lance Dunbar who is always being hyped up to be more involved in the game plan and one would think that position looks pretty good especially if Joseph Randle can get his head on straight. I just don't think we need much help there.

Bryan: They are those within the organization that don't share your views at all. I agree with you about McFadden and Dunbar but the trust factor with Randle and Williams to do their jobs every day is why you are hearing all the talk about drafting a running back.

David: You just described a best-case scenario in which every running back on the roster lives up to his potential. The other side of the coin is that McFadden has injury issues, as does Dunbar – and Williams' injury problems have limited him for essentially his entire career. Randle has all the promise in the world, but who can argue that he deserves to be trusted at this juncture? The current running backs have a lot of potential, but not enough that I wouldn't want to draft one.

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