It’ll be interesting to see what Jerry has to say about those guys next year, when the guaranteed money will be gone from their massive contracts. My guess is it’ll go something like this: “I’d like to thank them for their contributions to the Cowboys and wish them the best of luck in the future.”
It just doesn’t make sense for Jerry to pay multi-millions to aging players when there are guys already on the roster who can do their job at a fraction of the cost. With that in mind, here’s what the 2011 depth chart will probably look like at running back and receiver, assuming there is an NFL season next year:
RUNNING BACK: Felix Jones, Tashard Choice, mid- to late-round pick. If he stays healthy, Felix ought to become the lead horse this season. Choice, who has proven he can be effective with a significant workload, should finally get that chance on a full-time basis after waiting his turn for three seasons. The Cowboys’ scouts should be able to find another solid back to groom on the last day of the draft, like they did with Barber and Choice.
RECEIVER: Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Kevin Ogletree, Manny Johnson, mid- to late-round pick. The Austin-Bryant combo should be one of the league’s best. Ogletree is well on his way to carving out a significant role and would give the Cowboys’ three dangerous run-after-catch guys in their multi-receiver sets. Johnson, who might have to spend another season on the practice squad, is just a hunch. The Cowboys might not keep Sam Hurd this season, much less next year.