To understand why the Cards are handcuffed by the salary cap when it comes to FA, one need not look any further than their QB room.
Cards have $28, 740, 000 tied up in our 3 QBs (CP at 24 mil, Stanton at 4 mil, Dysert at 615,000).
CP is the third highest paid QB behind Romo and Flaco---a heavy price for a QB at his stage of his career and his performance level. The 4 mil to Stanton---he was going to be our starting QB before CP became available but has he really justified that salary amount? Dancing along the sidelines is only worth so much. Dysert is a wash at the minimum.
As mentioned by others on this forum, CP should have renegotiated his deal to free up some cash. Cards should have looked for a Stanton replacement at a cheaper price---he knows the playbook, but given his performance when in the game, did it really matter? Some of CP's cap hit relief combined with Stanton's 4 mil could have brought in a young replacement QB.
For example, would the Cards be better off now and going forward with a CP-Hoyer combination than a CP-Stanton combination? CP-Glennon?