While teams are unable to officially release any players until Thursday, it appears that WR Roy Williams, RB Marion Barber, and G Leonard Davis will not be with the team this season. ESPN.com is reporting that all three players have received phone calls today informing them they will no longer be Dallas Cowboys.
The Cowboys were expected to be sitting around $17 million over this year’s $120 million salary cap. With the cutting of Williams they will save $5 million, Barber $4.7 million, and Davis $6 million. Those cuts will put the Cowboys close to the cap. While they don’t currently have a lot of wiggle room, Jerry Jones has said that he will try to re-work the contracts of LB DeMarcus Ware, QB Tony Romo, and WR Miles Austin in order to give the team more room to sign free agents and rookies.
Williams time in Dallas was volatile at best. He never lived up to his big contract numbers and didn’t really mesh with Tony Romo. Williams was often the odd receiver out and that never sat well with Cowboys fans. Since being elevated to the starter, Marion Barber never regained his “barbarian” form. As a result, he too, lost favour with fans. As for Davis, he was doing great until last year. Davis seemed to slow down and had probably the worst season he has ever had. He was benched early in the season and, despite playing, never really looked himself. Now the Cowboys will look forward to players like Dez Bryant, Felix Jones and DeMarco Murray. As for the offensive line, right now, nobody knows.