The Dallas Cowboys are over $20 million over the cap. Could they trade some veteran players to get back under the cap for the 2022 NFL season?
The Dallas Cowboys are one of the most polarizing teams in the NFL. They went 12-5 this season on the heels of a crazy efficient offense and a much-improved defense.
They weren’t able to get out of Wild Card weekend, prematurely ending their season. As we look to the 2022 NFL offseason, Dallas sits a hair over $20 million over the cap, so they’re going to have to make some moves to get back in the green.
Dallas has quite a few big contracts that they could get rid of for draft capital if they wanted.
I’m no cap expert, but I’m sure they could simply rework a few contracts, get back under the cap, and be able to remain just as competitive in 2022, but there are a few players that just might have played their line down in Dallas.
These players would, for the most part, still be highly valued across the league, and Dallas could get some valuable draft capital in return.
So, which Dallas Cowboys could be on the move this season?
NFL Offseason 2022: Dallas Cowboys on the move for 2022
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Unless you were born yesterday, you’ll know that Tyron Smith has been one of the absolute best tackles in the NFL the past decade. The eight-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro made the HOF All-2010s team but has battled injuries the past several seasons.
From 2016-2019, Smith played in 13 games in each season and played in just two games in 2020 and 11 in 2021.
The injuries are hard to look past, but Smith’s on-field production has been Hall of Fame worthy.
However, going into his age-31 season, it might be time for Dallas and Smith to break up.
Trading Smith as a post-June 1 designee would save Dallas $13.5 million against their cap while incurring about $4 million in dead cap.
I think the writing is on the wall for an eventual divorce between the two.
His contract is up in a couple of years, and it’d be unlikely that the Cowboys would retain him down the line, so trading him now while he still has solid value makes a lot of sense.
A team like the Dolphins, who have a need at about every position along the offensive line, could use Smith’s services and have the cap space.
The AFC champion Bengals could also easily take on his contract and would greatly benefit from his services as well.