This post is not a complaint about the Dallas Cowboys free agents signed so far. They generally make sense and have filled some needs on both sides of the ball.
The money involved is what does not make quite as much sense. Jerry can spend his money how he chooses, of course, but it is everyone’s business how much salary cap space the team will have down the road.
Long before signing Brandon Carr from Kansas City, the team locked up two members of its terrible secondary. In August, Dallas signed Orlando Scandrick to a five-year extension worth $27 million. This is former fifth-round pick Orlando Scandrick and his two (now three) career interceptions.
In December, the Cowboys announced that they had signed safety Gerald Sensabaugh to a five-year extension worth $22.5 million. That’s former fifth-round pick Gerald Sensabaugh, a leader in the can’t-cover-anyone secondary.
Now the team agrees to a $50.1 million, five-year contract for Carr. That’s former fifth-round pick Brandon Carr and his eight career interceptions.
I thought perhaps I was alone in being a little bit underwhelmed, but here is what Pro Football Focus said:
Brandon Carr to DAL: Carr is a good cornerback, but the Cowboys have spent an awful lot of money on potential as opposed to production. He is an upgrade for their secondary, but one that may struggle to live up to the price tag.
Dallas has brought in some other players who might contribute. Brodney Pool has started a total of 67 games with the Jets and Browns and is expected to start at strong safety.
(An added benefit of these signings to bloggers: the names “Carr” and “Pool” are much easier to spell than “Scandrick” and “Sensabaugh.” Moreover, we no longer have to double- and triple-check whether we’ve spelled Terence—with one “r”— correctly).
New veterans on the team include QB Kyle Orton and LB Dan Connor. Their addition has raised questions about the immediate futures of QB Stephen McGee (why bother developing a quarterback in the first place?) and Bruce Carter (why do we keep drafting injured linebackers?).
Other signings include G Mackenzy Bernadeau and FB Lawrence Vickers. Neither has served as as full-time starter in the NFL.