Random notes around the NFCE: The Cowboys’ restructured deals, and the Giants’ potential difficulty finding a good backup QB

• Tommy and I recorded a show over the weekend that I thought was a good one. We talked about Cullen Jenkins, Mike Patterson, GJ Kinne, the Alex Smith trade, a little Andy Reid, and who the Eagles might take at 4. The show ran for about an hour and a half. Good stuff for a long drive.

• The Giants, Redskins, and Cowboys are all likely going to be very quiet in free agency, which is a little bit of a bummer. The Giants are up against the cap, the Skins are dealing with the Haynesworth/Hall penalty and have to shave off a lot of money just to get under the cap, and Dallas is a mess. A few days ago, there was a little debate in the comment section here about restructured contracts and exactly how harmful they can be to a team. As luck would have it, overthecap.com wrote about this exact topic, and even singled out the Cowboys:

And then there is Dallas. Dallas is in so deep on their players it’s ridiculous. They have $134 million set for the 2014 cap and that is assuming that Tony Romo is off the team at an $8 million dead money clip. Clearly Romo is going to be part of the team which is just going to push the number higher.

Definitely worth a read in full. Over the Cap is a great new site, by the way. Very informative, and great resource for player contracts.

Eli Ironman• With David Carr likely leaving the Giants, Big Blue View took a look at the available free agent QBs. In my opinion, the Giants are a terrible landing spot for a backup, assuming the backup wants to play. To the right is a table of what QBs have the most consecutive starts around the league. If you think you can play in the NFL, logically you’ll want to go somewhere that you think you can start. In my opinion, the Giants are limited to QBs that know they are nothing more than backups. That’s a rare downside to having a good QB that never misses a game.

• Today is the deadline for teams to use the franchise tag. With Will Beatty locked up long term, I don’t think we’ll see anyone in the NFC East use the tag this year.

• The Cowboys signed Phil Costa to a 2 year deal worth $2.7 million. As Jerry Jones has informed us, Costa can be OK aslong as one of the guards next to him is good:

Costa

• The Eagles have interest in Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson, per Geoff Mosher of CSN.

• How many 2007 team stat leaders still play for your favorite team?

• Do teams that run a 3-4 have better special teams units than teams that run a 4-3?

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  3. Jeff says:

    In case you missed it, Mike Tanier also wrote an article about cap maneuverings, including a criticism of Dallas. I can’t wait for them to give Spencer a huge contract that he’ll never play up to – just like Free, Barber, Newman (second extension), Ratliff (second extension), Colombo (second extension), Gurode (second extension), Davis, Ken Hamlin, Roy Williams (second contract). Did I miss anyone?

    And then there are Dallas fans, mostly ones confined to the halls of message boards and SB Nation blogs, who think that it doesn’t matter. Because Dallas is never in “cap hell” and Jerry can sign whoever he wants. And they think this is a good thing!

    (By the way, I’m a Dallas fan)

    1. I can’t wait for them to give Spencer a huge contract that he’ll never play up to – just like Free, Barber, Newman (second extension), Ratliff (second extension), Colombo (second extension), Gurode (second extension), Davis, Ken Hamlin, Roy Williams (second contract). Did I miss anyone?

      Yep. Bradie James, Orlando Scandrick, Marion Barber, TO, Terry Glenn (if you want to go back that far).

      Ha.

      1. DerfDiggy says:

        You hate us because we’re beautiful.

    2. T-rade says:

      Wasn’t the extension of Free considered a good deal for Dallas?

      1. slandog says:

        I think it was considered a good deal at the time. But they way he’s played since signing the contract, it looks like the Cowboys now gave him a bad contract. He hasn’t played really all that good since signing that contract

  4. First I”m waiting for you to record a show and say “Tommy and I recorded a show last night and it was awful. Just awful. I wouldn’t even bother listening if I were you.”

    It’s kind of like the thing you said about how it irks you beat writers have story non-stories when a guy says he’d love to play for a team. But it doesn’t bother me I’m just waiting for the first advertisement for anything that says it’s not that great but buy it anyway!!

    Also what is Jerry Jones talking about? He can be a good center as long as he’s playing next to an All-pro? Doesn’t that just make him a bad player playing next to an All-pro? Mind boggling. I wonder if he honestly believes no GM can do better.

    1. First I”m waiting for you to record a show and say “Tommy and I recorded a show last night and it was awful. Just awful. I wouldn’t even bother listening if I were you.”

      Ha, in fairness, I only mention that they’re good when I think they’re good. If they’re “meh,” I’ll link to it, but with no fanfare. If I think the show sucked (and we’ve had some of those), I’ll tweet it out, but won’t link it from here.

    2. “Also what is Jerry Jones talking about? He can be a good center as long as he’s playing next to an All-pro? Doesn’t that just make him a bad player playing next to an All-pro? Mind boggling. I wonder if he honestly believes no GM can do better.”

      Ha, yeah… How about you just go out and try to get a good player? It kind of reminds me of a Mitch Hedberg bit about carrots and onion rings:

      That would be cool if you could eat a good food with a bad food and the good food would cover for the bad food when it got to your stomach. Like you could eat a carrot with an onion ring and they would travel down to your stomach, then they would get there, and the carrot would say, “It’s cool, he’s with me.”

      1. Mitch Hedberg bits are always appreciated on a Monday.

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