The Cowboys have plenty of money. Enough to famously build a massive stadium with a screen which adds about 48 pounds, instead of the usual 10. Right now, though, they can’t use any of that money to buy football players.
That’s a problem, because it’s made one avenue to improve their team — free agency — virtually unavailable. The Cowboys have just over $100,000 in cap space, but they’ll get more once an extension is successfully negotiated with pass rusher Anthony Spencer or quarterback Tony Romo.
And once they do that, they can sign at least one player. Today we found out what that players’ name will be: Justin Durant.
The Cowboys have agreed to a deal in principle with the apparently soon-to-be former Lions linebacker, according to Adam Schefter. He’ll be signed to a two-year contract in due time once that cap space is cleared, and after he recorded a career high 103 tackles this past season Durant will fortify the Cowboys’ rush defense alongside Sean Lee and Bruce Carter. Lee was sorely missed in 2012 when his season ended prematurely following a toe injury in Week 7. The result was Dallas allowing 125.2 rushing yards per game (22nd), a year after opposing rushers were held to 99.1 yards per game.
Durant was ranked as the 18th best 4-3 tackling linebacker by Pro Football Focus. I know, you’re not impressed, because 18th is the 17th loser, or something. But we’re exactly two weeks into free agency, and if you can get a top 20 player who fits a very specific need at this point, you should give that man money.
And Justin, the Cowboys will give you money. Someday.