Yesterday we saw Brandon Carr champion his Dallas Cowboys teammates for restructuring their deals. By restructuring their deals they were able to lower their impact against the cap and bring some relief to the organization.
The Cowboys started off $20 million over the cap. So they had a lot of work to do, but DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, Brandon Carr, Miles Austin and Ryan Cook all restructured deals. A few more players might still do that as well, plus an extension with Tony Romo would bring additional relief.
And while Brandon Carr championed his teammates yesterday, he also champions himself and sings his own praises.
“I restructured my contract basically just to free up some money to get some more players in,” Carr said Friday, according to the Dallas Morning News. “I’m a team player. I believe in getting as many guys as possible that can help us get to our goal, and that’s to win a championship.
“This is another step in the right direction, not only myself, but other guys restructured as well. That’s a good sign that guys are willing to restructure their contracts in order to get new guys in or get better guys in to help us, hopefully, get a Super Bowl.”
In Dallas the culture is always Super Bowl or bust, but they really just fall flat on their faces a lot. But he does have a point that its good guys are willing to restructure their contracts.
But as Brad Biggs of Yahoo! points out:
“We’re not sure how team-oriented it is. Carr didn’t lose any money in the deal. He was due to earn a base salary of $14.3 million this season and that was reduced all the way down to $715,000, according to the report, with the bulk of the base salary converted to bonus money. That spreads the cap hit over the remaining life of the contract.”
But if they win, that selfish perception of Dallas might change to a team oriented perception.
“Hopefully, we’re knocking on the door,” Carr responded. “Hopefully, you’re getting your down coat ready for New York.”