IRVING, Texas -- Jason Hatcher has been waiting for this day for a long time. He will soon find out how much the rest of the NFL thinks of him and whether he will be a former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle. It is not an apples-to-apples comparison, but in the last week two defensive ends have signed contracts that could be an indication of what Hatcher, who led the Cowboys in sacks (11) in 2013, gets paid. The Minnesota Vikings signed Everson Griffen to a five-year, $42.
Here’s a quick look at the Cowboys entering free agency today by the numbers. How much salary cap space? The Cowboys have $1.1 million worth of space available, lowest in the NFL. This could increase if the team restructures, releases or gets DeMarcus Ware to take a pay cut. If Ware is released the team opens $7.4 million in space. What about Miles Austin? He’s currently on the roster, but it’s doubtful he’ll remain there.
IRVING, Texas -- The free-agent shopping starts today at 3 p.m. CT. If the Dallas Cowboys have learned anything, it’s that they should use coupons. From 2006-11, the Cowboys signed 12 players in unrestricted free agency. Only two players who signed multi-year deals reached the end of their contracts: Kyle Kosier signed a five-year, $15 million deal with the Cowboys in 2006 and was with the team through 2011. Keith Brooking signed a three-year, $6 million deal in 2009 and was a contributor through 2011.