Cowboys Create $7M Cap Room With Tyron to Make Room For Dak

Mike Fisher

FRISCO - The Dallas Cowboys have in a sense "kicked the can'' on a portion of All-Pro left tackle Tyron Smith's contract, adding a year to the deal in order to create about $7 million of present-day cap space.

But there are two wrinkles that make it more acceptable than the old much-criticized "kick-the-can'' strategy.

One, the $7 million of cap space gained can certainly be applied to the "present-day,'' meaning 2020 - though the Cowboys indicate there is no imminent move there. More key: Any cap space not used this year (when Dallas arguably doesn't need it) can carryover to 2021 (when Dallas figures to need it in its retention of QB Dak Prescott).

Two, the stretching of Smith's deal adds a year (2024) - but it's a "voidable year.'' There may be about $2 million of dead money to deal with in that season, but that's a small price to pay when one considers how tiny a slice of the salary-cap pie will be then (the cap will explode following the creation of a new TV deal following 2022) compared to the value of having $7 million more in room available in 2021 ... when COVID-19 issues indicate a lack of revenue that Cowboys sources say will at best keep the cap flat (at about $198.2 million, as it is this year).

There can be speculation about what the Cowboys could do with the money before it's needed for Prescott, who of course is playing on the $31.409 million tag this year, will cost $37.7 million to tag next year, and is the target of the Cowboys in terms of a long-team deal.

So the converting of $8.9 million of base salary into signing bonus (as noted by NFL Network) can be construed as offering some faith in the career of Tyron Smith. And it can be a in-case-of-emergency weapon now. But most of all, it's for Dak Prescott ... to the Dallas Cowboys a very justifiable reason to "kick a little can.''

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Comments (7)
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It's ridiculous to assume they created cap space just to help pay for Dak. I read the article only because of the deceptive headline stating explicitly that they created the cap space " to make room for Dak". There wasnt even a shred of support or evidence of your claim anywhere in the article. It was just another wishful thinking, fantasy article written by an irrational Dak fan.

Hell, there's no guarantee, at all, that Dallas will even offer Dak a deal next year. That's why they tagged him this year - they are, by definition, NOT convinced he's worth the ocean of money he is demanding. Let him take this Super Bowl roster and go 8-8 or 9-7 and miss or get wiped out of the playoffs early..Not only will there be no record-breaking contract offer, there'll be an angry groundswell of fans demanding his head.

Isn't it far more likely that they're doing it in preparation to replace McCoy or bring in Earl Thomas??? Sure seems like interesting timing...Now THOSE would have been a far more realistic and defensible positions for an article. Even so, it would not warrant using a pure non-truth in the title of the article.


Wow. You need a hug. You also have no definitive evidence. Dak is staying. YOU can either stay or leave. Can’t stand these irrational, hateful, fake fans. The only other fanbase that either loves/hates their QBs are the Eagle fans. At least they have a real reason. Nick Foles won the SB! Wentz hasn’t won or played a full playoff game in 4 years. No excuses for him this year according to them. Their Salary Cap is hellish.


Cowboys need to let Dak hit free agency and then be the highest bidder. Right now they value his services more than any other NFL team and they are bidding against themselves. What other NFL team is going to offer Dak $35 mil + per year with the rookie QBs and free agent QBs available after this season...answer is 0. Dak is more valuable to Dallas than any other team. I love Dak, but will not overpay to keep him and compromise the rest of the roster.


Making room for earl thomas duh