The Dallas Cowboys have been looking for linebacker help as they transition to new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin’s 4-3 defense and they have finally agreed to a deal with a free agent — former Detroit Lions linebacker Justin Durant. Remember the word “agreed” because that is important here.
There is no contract finalized, but a two-year deal has been agreed to in principle. The problem is that the Cowboys don’t have enough cap space for Durant to sign the deal now.
In fact, the Cowboys have no salary cap space to do anything.
If the 2013 NFL Draft were to be held today, the team couldn’t even sign their draft picks.
Dallas currently has only $100,000 worth of cap space, so the need to create space is there and it needs to happen soon. Look for players like Anthony Spencer, who is currently slapped with the franchise tag, and quarterback Tony Romo to lock up long-term deals that will free up cap space for the immediate future.
When that is done, Durant can officially put ink to paper and make this deal official.