• The Cowboys are trying to get Doug Free to take a pay cut, and rightfully so. Free has been awful the past two years. Last year, he led the entire NFL in penalties. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that the Cowboys want him to take a cut so that they can sign RT Eric Winston.
The problem is that Free has little reason to accept a drastic pay cut. The risk in not accepting a pay cut is that the team can release you. However, if the Cowboys were to release Free, they would save exactly $0 on this year’s cap, which would of course do them no good whatsoever in trying to sign a new player:
Oh, and then there’s the awkwardness of asking a player to take a pay cut so that they can replace him with another guy who plays his position.
The other option the Cowboys have would be to cut him after June 1. That would enable them to spread Free’s cap hit over this year and next. The Cowboys’ books in 2014 are already laughable. Adding more money to 2014 would not be a prudent thing to do, but if there’s something Jerry Jones is not, it’s “prudent.” Maybe Free takes a minor pay cut that will guarantee him a portion of his salary this season, but there’s little incentive for him to shave off a significant amount that’s going to help the Cowboys all that much.
On a side note, signing Winston would be classic Jerry Jones. Put an aging band aid on the OL instead of fixing it long term through the draft.
According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the Redskins are less than $30,000 under the salary cap. One paragraph from Maske’s piece stood out:
The Redskins reworked the contracts of wide receiver Santana Moss, safety Brandon Meriweather and defensive end Adam Carriker earlier in the offseason to create maneuvering room beneath the cap. But team officials stressed that in those cases, they did not place any additional burden on the club’s salary cap in future years with the contract reworkings. Instead, players agreed to salary reductions. In at least some of those cases, the player’s reworked contract contains incentives enabling him to possibly earn back the money lost in the salary reduction.
That is the difference between what the Redskins did this offseason, and what the Cowboys did.
DeSean Jackson’s walkoff punt return TD won NFL.com’s “Greatest Play of All Time” bracket. Here it is again, in case anybody missed it.
And yeah yeah, I know… No Super Bowls.
• The Eagles reportedly made a contract offer to Akeem Jordan. I like Akeem Jordan. He was one of the few good special teamers for the Eagles last season, and can play a variety of positions in a pinch. He’s a quality “back of the roster” guy that will have to fight for a job, if indeed he re-signs with the team.
• Last week, I wrote about how the Eagles might have a potential trade back partner in the Dolphins for the services of OT Lane Johnson. Within that post, I noted just how stellar Johnson’s combine performance was:
One of my readers, @PhiIs_Goodman, saw the above chart and sent me a link to a site that shows visualizations of combine performances in comparison to other players in their positional groups. Here’s what Lane Johnson’s looks like:
I passed along the site to some friends, and they wasted the better part of their afternoons yesterday looking up players, and seeing who they compare to. By far, the funniest find in my opinion, was Casey Matthews’ chart:
Casey didn’t exactly light up the Combine.
Anyway, the site is called Mockdraftable.com. Here is the starting point to where you can look at comparative Combine visualizations. I warn you though. If you have things to do today, DO NOT click that link.