Cowboys WR Sam Hurd Hopes Money Doesn't Hurt Roster Status

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Sam Hurd is in a battle with Kevin Ogletree with a roster spot, and he hopes his higher salary isn't a factor in the team's decision.

"Now if that would happen, that's mean," Hurd said, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. "I hope they would never say that. That's mean as heck.

"I mean, let us all eat. They're eating. Why can't I?"

A restricted free agent, Hurd is scheduled to make $1.759 million in base salary this season. That salary will become guaranteed if Hurd is on the 53-man roster the day before the 2010 season-opener. Ogltree, an undrafted free agent entering his second season with the Cowboys, will earn a non-guaranteed base salary of $395,000 this season.

As "mean as heck" as it would be, NFL teams routinely cut higher-priced veterans in favor cheaper, younger talent. It's why the New York Jets have Tanner Purdum as their long-snapper instead of re-signing James Dearth, who had handled those duties for nine seasons. It's why the Denver Broncos released linebacker Nick Greisen to add Johnny Williams.

This fact of NFL life is why the NFLPA, if they're going to sacrifice future draft classes to get more guaranteed money for the veterans, need to make sure that those veteran guarantees come as early in the league calender as possible.

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