Despite the $10 million salary-cap deduction the Cowboys took on the eve of free agency, they still have managed to get done what they wanted. They have signed five players already, including cornerback Brandon Carr and quarterback Kyle Orton, with two more signings possibly to come in Dan Connor and guard Nate Livings.
"The No. 1 thing we always try to be in a position to do is regardless of the situation is do the things that we need to do to make us a better football team for the upcoming season," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said in a conference call Thursday morning. "Obviously, getting the cap hit, you have to deal with that, and there are ramifications of that. But it's not going to stop us from being able to do the things we have to do to be a championship-caliber football team in 2012."
The Management Council Executive Committee determined the Cowboys and the Redskins “created an unacceptable risk to future competitive balance” during the uncapped 2010 season. The Cowboys recently were docked $10 million from their salary cap over the next two seasons.
Jones said the Cowboys will take a $5 million cap hit this year and $5 million next year. He would not address whether the team will fight the deduction, which amounts to the league admitting collusion during the uncapped 2010 season.
"We’re working through what that decision ultimately will be, and how that will impact our books," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "But that’s certainly a factor as we go through free agency, because it certainly impacts our salary cap."
-- Charean Williams