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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Deals come at good prices for Cowboys

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys’ deals with free agents Justin Durant and Will Allen chew up roughly $1.5 million in salary-cap space this year.

Durant received a two-year deal that included a $400,000 signing bonus and a $715,000 base salary this year and a $1.25 million base in 2014. He can earn more in ’14 based on incentives. Allen received a minimum salary benefit contract worth $840,000 but it will count only $620,000 against the salary cap with a $65,000 signing bonus.

That’s two potential starters for half of the $3 million base salary they were set to pay Gerald Sensabaugh before he was cut. That’s two potential starters for less than they were set to pay Marcus Spears ($2 million) before he was cut. That’s not bad shopping in free agency.

Durant gives the Cowboys a veteran to play the strong side linebacker spot. Allen at least gives the Cowboys some cover at safety, but it’s more like SPF-15 when they need SPF-50 on a hot summer day. Safety will remain one of their top priorities entering the draft.