Originally written March 13, 2013 on Fox Sports Southwest:
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Managing the National Football Leagues salary cap is no easy task. Ask six-time NFL Executive of the Year Bill Polian. During a special edition free agency show Monday on ESPN, Polian and former Dallas Cowboys coach Bill Parcells discussed several aspects of free agency and navigating the salary cap. Parcells mentioned the Cowboys when talking about teams that are top heavy with big contracts. For the upcoming season, the Cowboys 12 highest-paid players represent 67 percent of the money being paid to the 51 players under their salary cap. Not quite as bad as what Polian had a few years ago when he was vice chairman of the Indianapolis Colts. Polian said one year he had 12 players make up about 78 percent of the Colts salary. It only works if the linchpin, the quarterback plays at a high level through all of his career, Polian said. If you have a drop-off, as we did when Peyton Manning got hurt, then you cant handle it, that theory doesnt work. Parcells added that he doesnt thi...
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