Cowboys restructure Tyron Smith's contract, create more cap room

IRVING, Texas -- After redoing the contract of defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford last week, the Dallas Cowboys reworked the contract of left tackle Tyron Smith on Monday to open up more salary-cap space, according to sources.

The Cowboys lowered Smith's $10 million base salary to $1 million, turning the difference into a signing bonus to create $7.2 million in room. The move adds $1.8 million to Smith’s cap figures over the next four years.

The Cowboys have signed seven players in the last week, chewing up roughly $13 million in cap space.

The Cowboys can gain more room by either cutting Brandon Carr or signing him to a new deal at a lower cost. They could also look to restructure other contracts, like those of Tony Romo or Dez Bryant.

The Cowboys were willing to push higher cap figures in the future on Smith and Crawford because of their ages. Smith does not turn 26 until December. Crawford, who signed a five-year extension at the start of last season, turns 27 in September.