Dec 29, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys quarterback Kyle Orton (18) throws prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Rumors: Kyle Orton, Miles Austin expected to be cap casualties for Dallas Cowboys


The Dallas Cowboys need this offseason more than any to turn things around and make sure they don’t fall into another playoff-less season or a season where they’re one-and-done in the postseason. So far it’s looking like the best addition for the Cowboys this season is early subtraction from the roster, as it looks like Kyle Orton and Miles Austin will be cap casualties in 2014.

Per ESPN.com Cowboys blogger Todd Archer:

As for Miles Austin, the writing sure seems on the wall. Kyle Orton is an intriguing situation. He will count a lot against the cap, so the Cowboys will likely have to restructure his contract. If they don’t, then they would save about $1 million from cutting him. And there is this: does he want to continue to play?

Archer sees the Cowboys brining back Doug Free, as he was asked in a mailbag Q&A if he saw Free, Orton and Austin all getting cut. Two out of the three are likely to be gone, according to Archer, and the Cowboys will likely use the money to shore up glaring holes they have on a defense with far too little depth.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys Kyle Orton Miles Austin

  • Old Frog

    I suppose this would be good news for those hoping the Cowboys draft a QB this year.

  • SmartThinking

    Orton is too good an insurance policy to lose. What’s a $ million worth when you can rest comfortably knowing if Romo goes down … again … there’s a competent back-up waiting to take over?

    • Scott.

      A insurance policy is good to have if the rest of the team ic capable to keep on keeping on if Romo goes down. That’s the farthest from the case. Put that money elsewhere and sign cheaper ufa and or free agent. In the grand scheme of things if romo goes down it really doesn’t matter.

  • ctcowboy1968

    Austin is a done deal and everyone knows that. It would be a shock if Miles were a Cowboy next year. No, way either Free or Orton are gone. Doesn’t make sense for this team or financially. Yes, Cowboys have to make additions by subtractions, but Free and Orton do not fit that equation. Doesn’t help the cap, but letting Spencer and Hatcher walk helps save $$ for other younger players.

  • jrcowboy49

    Add Ware to that list.

    • JoeDaBeast

      D-Ware is not going anywhere!!!

      • jrcowboy49

        Over $15 million against the 2014 cap will not work. His good days are over and without a pay cut he will be gone!

        • JoeDaBeast

          Not saying he is not going to restructure his deal (incentive heavy), but the attention alone that offenses give him is worth a good price.

          • jrcowboy49

            Dallas needs to negotiate with Ware as they did with Doug Free ROT last year. Without a substantial reduction in pay he will be traded or cut as his salary is double to that of most good DE today!

          • JoeDaBeast

            Renegotiate, sure, but Free was in MUCH worse shape this time last year, where as I do not think that the Cowboys are in that strong of a position with D-Ware.