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    Romo just restructured his contract to give Jerry more cap room so Melton going to the cowgirls is not out of the question at all. Ward will want way too many $ for the Bears so Whitner is the better option at this point cap wise.
     
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    Even with Romo's restructure I think they are still 1 million over the cap.
     
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    Maybe true but with Jerry you never know. This might be just the tip of the iceberg for dallas. I see him getting rid of others to free up even more space. That's my point.
     
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    The problem with that is, even if he releases some of his highest priced guys it won't create a ton of room this year. They have to either re-do Wares deal or cut him...that will create some room. Perhaps re-do Wittens deal. They could cut Austin, and that would free up about 5 mill this year, but if they designate him a June 1 cut, that 5 mill in dead money in 2015. If they don't do that they only save about 400K against the cap this year. It's a double edge sword with him. Nobody else on that roster will give them significant relief this year.
     
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    I just read this a few minutes ago regarding DE Michael Bennett. It has him listed as one of the top-5 free agents to be wary of saying, "Bennett is on record as saying he will not give the Seahawks a hometown discount, but the truth of the matter is Seattle's defense may have made him look better than he really is."

     
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    That's exactly what I meant. Jerry was interviewed and indicated that Ware was WAY overpaid and may be cut. This would, in fact, make it a "Replace Ware with Mlton" situation. Not out of the question at all but nobody has a crystal ball so we'll just have to wait and see just where all the chips fall.
     
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    Well that would be nice but have you looked at the roster lately? We don't have a front four. We have a front two. :badmood:
     
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    In a heartbeat. Rod Marinelli turned Melton from a 260lb former RB turned DE into a Tommie Harris wannabe but Marinelli I gone, Melton is coming off a serious injury that may have a similar affect on him to what Harris experienced and he's gonna be looking for a long term deal for top 5 money. Right now he's too big a risk for that kind of deal and I'd give the $$$ to Bennett over Melton and draft Donald any day.
     
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    I like Whitner better than Ward for two reasons. Whitner is a LB in a SS body and is a smart player who can provide some leadership in the DBackfield that we don't have. Not only is he cheaper option than either Byrd or Ward but he also doesn't think as highly of himself as Ward does. Byrd may not be out of the question but I put him in the highly unlikely column.
     
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    But what about TB in 2012 Did their defense make him look better too? He had 9 sacks, 41 tackles and 3 force fumbles for them.

    I dig the no discount part. He said that a few weeks ago and based on the sparse pickin's at DE he probably won't have to. There's him (and he's actually a LDE and DT) and there's Michael Johnson who could be signed to longer term deals and the rest are over 30 guys like Jared Allen or Justin Tuck who you could bring in for a year or two as a stop gap and as reality sets in that may be what Phil Emery has to do. Of course he's pretty good at those one year "prove it" deals so maybe that's his plan.
     
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