Cowboys already cutting veteran players

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by DALE HANSEN

WFAA

Posted on July 26, 2011 at 2:54 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 23 at 3:16 PM

One day after the end of the NFL lockout, the Dallas Cowboys are making some cuts.

We are talking about some starting players... big names who were making some very big money.

Owner Jerry Jones says the Cowboys can clear enough space under the salary cap to sign anyone they want. They get that extra money by letting current players go.

Part of the new labor deal is a new salary cap, and since the Cowboys were about $20 million over the limit, some players have to go.

With some of these players, it wasn't that hard to decide.

Receiver Roy Williams won't be back next year. What a lousy trade that was a couple of years ago — 1st and 3rd-round draft picks, a big contract, and never much of a player.

Running back Marion Barber is gone. One good year, he gets a big contract (you notice a trend here?) then wasn't much of a player, either.

It's a little surprising that guard Leonard Davis is being let go by the Cowboys, but he's 32, making $6 million a year and he struggled most of last season.

Kicker Kris Brown has also been terminated, and the Cowboys are close... but still over the cap.

But Jerry Jones says it's nothing they can't fix and said there's nobody they want they can't sign.

"I'd like to have more room, but we will be able, I think, to do what we want to do with our cap," he said. "I don't want to get into the detail of where we're going, but over the next few days it'll come real quick."

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