Found February 18, 2012 on Lone Star Struck:
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Anthony Spencer OLB

Dallas will go one of three ways with Anthony Spencer:

1. Let him walk via free agency

2. Work out a long term deal

3. Franchise him

In this mock, I’m picking the fan’s least favorite scenario and franchising him, counting $8.8 mil. against the 2012 CAP. I would NEVER do this, but Jerry is unpredictable, so I’m just mocking a “what-if”…sorry folks…

 

Free Agency:

Anthony Spencer OLB $8.8 mil. (franchised…ouch…I know…)

Laurent Robinson WR 4 yr. $15 mil. (topping Jordy Nelson’s contract)

Abe Elam SS 2 yr. $5 mil. (a necessary evil)

Duece Lutui OG 3 yr. $6 mil.+ (2 mil guaranteed. Incentive bonuses based on playing time and weight/conditioning)

Tony Fiammetta FB 3 yr. $5 mil. (who doesn’t love Tony?)

Josh McCown QB 2 yr. $3 mil. (could be worse. could be better and a lot more expensive)

Antuan Molden CB 3 yr. $5 mil. (tall corner who improved his play last year in New England)

Leonard Pope TE 2 yr. $2 mil. (blocking tight end for just above veteran minimum)

 

Cuts/Trades:

Terrance Newman cut (save $4 mil.)

Kenyon Coleman cut (save $1.9 mil.)

David Buehler cut (save $1.25 mil)

Felix Jones traded to New England during draft (save $1.17 mil.)

Stephen McGee cut (save $565k)

Phil Costa cut (save $490k)

Kai Forbath cut (save $465k)

Shaun Chapas cut (save $465k)

 

Draft:

Colts– Andrew Luck QB Stanford

TRADE Redskins trade #6, #39 and 2013 1st to Rams for RGIII QB Baylor

Vikings- Morris Claibourne CB LSU

Browns- Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State

TRADE Cardinals trade #13, #80 and 2013 2nd to Bucs for Ryan Kalil OT USC

Rams- Riley Reiff OT Iowa

Jags- Quinton Coples DE North Carolina

Panthers- Michael Brockers DT LSU

Dolphins- Jonathan Martin OT Stanford

Bills- Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama

Chiefs- David DeCastro G Stanford

Seahawks- Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M

Bucs- Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama

Trent Richardson RB Alabama

Cowboys- Trent Richardson RB Alabama (Dallas doesn’t find a trade partner after seeing most all of their targeted players are gone and sticks with the BPA mindset, not reaching, instead taking a highly rated player who fell)

…and here’s the rest of the Cowboys draft

2) #45 Leonard Johnson CB Iowa State (RR’s man-crush at the senior bowl)

2) #63 Ben Jones C Georgia (acquired from Patriots for #83 and Felix Jones)

3) #83 to New England

4) #117 Josh Chapman DT Alabama (stock slipped due to injury. JJ loves these kind of deals)

4) #137 (comp. Pick for Stephen Bowen) James-Michael Johnson ILB Nevada

(depth behind Lee, Carter and Lemon)

5) #155 B.J. Coleman QB Chattanooga (small school QB with a big arm to replace McGee)

6) #186 Micah Pellerin CB Hampton (CB depth)

7) #224 Lamar Holmes OT Southern Mississippi (small school fatty with good feet to swing behind Free and Smith in place of RFA Jeremy Parnell)

 

2012 Roster:

QB: Romo, McCown, Coleman

RB/FB: Richardson, Murray, Tanner, Fiammetta

TE: Witten, Phillips, Pope

WR: Austin, Bryant, Robinson, Harris, Radway, Holmes

Oline: Smith, Free, L.Holmes, Kosier, Lutui, Nagy, Arkin, B.Jones, Kowalski

CB: Jenkins, L.Johnson, Scandrick, Molden, Pellerin, M.Butler

S: Sensebaugh, Elam, Church, McCray

LB: Ware, Lee, Carter, Spencer, V.Butler, Albright, Lemon, J-M.Johnson

Dline: Ratliff, Chapman, Hatcher, Lissemore, Brent, Spears, Calloway

P: C.Jones

K: Bailey

L.S. Ladouceur

 

Now here’s the option to this draft:

Dallas will go one of three ways with Anthony Spencer:

1. Let him walk via free agency

2. Work out a long term deal

3. Franchise him

In this mock, I’m picking number 2. Just like the last mock I did, this one is to provide another way to go about the off season. Signing Spencer long term lowers his CAP hit, but puts an investment in his future with Dallas that many might not like, including myself. Again, this mock is for the sake of argument and a different point of view.

 

Free Agency:

Anthony Spencer OLB 5 yr. $30 mil. ($12 mil. guaranteed)

Richard Marshall CB 5 yr. $28 mil. ($10 mil. guaranteed)

Ben Grubbs G 5 yr. $25 mil. ($20 mil. guaranteed)

Samson Satele C 5 yr. $12 mil. ($6 mil. guaranteed)

Tony Fiammetta FB 3 yr. $5 mil. ($5 mil. guaranteed)

Luke McCown QB 2 yr. $3 mil. ($3 mil. Guaranteed)

 

Cuts:

Terrance Newman cut (save $4 mil.)

Kenyon Coleman cut (save $1.9 mil.)

David Buehler cut (save $1.25 mil)

Stephen McGee cut (save $565k)

Phil Costa cut (save $490k)

Kai Forbath cut (save $465k)

Shaun Chapas cut (save $465k)

 

Mark Barron SS Alabama

1) #14 Mark Barron SS Alabama (Dallas finally gets a safety with strong modern attributes in the first round)

2) #45 Rueben Randle WR LSU (tall, rangy WR with great hands that can also return kickoffs. Replaces void left by free agent Laurent Robinson)

3) #83 Audie Cole ILB North Carolina State (will provide a strong rotation with Lee and Carter)

4) #117 Josh Chapman NT Alabama (the fat double team eater everyone has been screaming for since Jason Ferguson left for Miami. a steal at this spot, but fell due to injury. everyone knows Jerry aint scurred’.)

4) #137 (comp. Pick for Stephen Bowen) Coryell Judie CB Texas A&M (provides solid corner depth and can return kickoffs)

5) #155 BJ Coleman QB Chattanooga (replaces McGee and becomes the new big arm development at QB)

6) #186 George Bryan TE North Carolina State (known for his great hands and solid blocking skills. Just what the dr. ordered to replace Marty B)

7) #224 Lamar Holmes OT Southern Mississippi (replaces Jeremy Parnell as the swing tackle)

 

2012 Roster:

QB: Romo, McCown, Coleman

RB/FB: Murray, F. Jones, Tanner, Fiammetta

TE: Witten, Phillips, Bryan

WR: Austin, Bryant, Randle, Harris, Radway, Holmes

Oline: Smith, Free, L.Holmes, Kosier, Grubbs, Nagy, Arkin, S.Satele, Kowalski

CB: Jenkins, Marshall, Scandrick, Judie, M.Butler

S: Sensebaugh, Barron, Church, McCray, Taplin-Ross

LB: Ware, Lee, Carter, Spencer, V.Butler, Cole, Albright, Lemon, B.Satele

Dline: Ratliff, Chapman, Hatcher, Lissemore, Brent, Spears

P: C.Jones

K: Bailey

L.S. Ladouceur

** BTW Samson Satele (FA Center signed from Oakland) and Brashton Satele (ILB signed in January to a futures contract) are cousins…cool…

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