Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team could be quiet in free agency this offseason because of the potential for an uncapped season in 2010.
Does that mean Dallas won’t pursue LB Ray Lewis, who is expected to soon hit the free-agent market?
“It would surprise me to see a big splash,” Jones told the Dallas Morning News.
The newspaper had more on the development:
- The NFL is entering the last year of the salary cap under the current collective bargaining agreement, so Jones is getting ready for 2010, when he believes there won’t be a cap.
- “That uncapped year has a lot of ramifications because it’s the initiation of no labor agreement at all,” Jones said Sunday during a break from the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. “That has a real impact in what you want to do in an uncapped year.
- “You could burn your britches for the next five years if you’re not careful in an uncapped year.”
- While Jones doesn’t expect a cap in 2010, rules are in place to keep teams from spending wildly then, such as a limited ability to sign players for teams that make the playoffs in 2009.
Lewis, the longtime anchor of the aggressive Baltimore Ravens defense, has expressed interest in playing for the Cowboys, according to Dallas LB DeMarcus Ware.
“When we played Ray Lewis and Baltimore at the end of the season,” Ware told the Cowboys’ website, “he came over and pointed to my helmet. He said, ‘I want to wear this star on my helmet, that’s my dream … that’s my dream.’ When we got to the Pro Bowl, he did it again.”
But after Jones’ latest statement, Lewis might not have the chance to live out that dream.