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IRVING (105.3 THE FAN) – Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says “all contracts that we don’t have closure on are a priority.” And at the same time, all contracts that Dallas doesn’t have closure on are being discussed with an unusual lack of acrimony.
Franchise-tagged Dez Bryant, seeking a “Cowboys-For-Life” contract, spent at least two hours hanging out at Valley Ranch yesterday. Cornerback Orlando Scandrick did the same earlier in the week. And cornerback Brandon Carr?
Even as he faces a severe slice of his existing contract – or worse, a complete severing of his ties to the club – is so optimistic that even though discussions about his money he’s representing the Cowboys in positive ways.
“I’m here right now having a great time golfing,’’ Carr said on Tuesday at the club’s annual golf tournament, during which he happily glad-handed dozens of corporate sponsors on behalf of his employer. “I’m a Cowboy. I love being a Cowboy. As long as I’m in this building I’m going to give it my all. I love playing the game of football.’’
Carr is set to count $12.7 million against the cap this season. His base salary is $8 million. One Cowboys thought is to cut that figure by about half. Another — should Carr refuse such a proposal — is to designate him as a post-June 1 cut, which erases his 2015 hit (but eats up $7 million of cap space in 2016). That second idea is not optimal because Dallas wants Carr to remain as a part of the team … which is why there is a third option: restructure his contract to possibly add a year while reducing the cap hit for this season and transforming some of his due money into a guaranteed money.
“We’re evaluating,” Jerry said, “looking to the extent that we can make contractual adjustments that would fit and help us under the cap. We want to try to do that with him. We value Carr and what he can mean for us this year.’’
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