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Report: Cowboys rank 31st in spending cash

10/23/2009

IRVING -- The National Football Post reported the Cowboys have spent $93.5 million in cash, which ranks 31st in the NFL -- ahead of only Kansas City, which spent $89 million this year.

The report suggests the Cowboys are cash strapped for player salaries because it was spending money on the new $1.12 billion stadium, which opened this year.

"That's not right," Cowboys' executive vice president Stephen Jones said on Friday. "We're snug against [the salary cap]."

The Cowboys have about $11 million under the salary cap, which is $127.9 million.

Jones said the team was among the top three in the league in player salaries the last few years.

This year, Jones said the team is only focused on extending the contract of outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Jones said those talks are ongoing and have been open.

In the past two years, as the stadium was getting built, the club extended the contracts of quarterback Tony Romo, running back Marion Barber, wide receivers Patrick Crayton and Terrell Owens, safety Ken Hamlin and tackle Marc Colombo. The club also signed free agents guard Leonard Davis and linebackers Zach Thomas and Keith Brooking. Dallas also re-signed free agent Flozell Adams, giving him a $13 million signing bonus.