Dez Bryant, others can create Cowboys cap space

March, 8, 2012
The Cowboys haven't restructured any contracts, according to multiple sources. But they can create salary cap space by re-doing the deals of several players.

The Cowboys are roughly $12.5 million under the salary cap, but that will get eaten up quickly with new contracts.

It's written in wide receiver Dez Bryant's contract that the Cowboys can move his $1.4 million roster bonus into a signing bonus to create $957,000 of cap space. The Cowboys have done this in the past with several players.

Cornerback Orlando Scandrick -- who is scheduled to make a base salary of $7.1 million -- can also get that moved to signing bonus money to create cap space. Right tackle Doug Free is in the same situation. He's supposed to make $6 million in base salary in 2012, but that can be changed.

If the Cowboys move Free's and Scandrick's money around, that would lower their salary cap figures and create $8.6 million in room.

The team can also create cap space by cutting veteran cornerback Terence Newman. Newman has a base salary of $6.016 million but if he's released before Tuesday (the start of the league year), it would save $4 million. If Newman is cut on or after Tuesday, Cowboys officials can designate him a post-June 1 cap casualty, which frees up $6 million in cap space.

Nothing has happened yet, but these are the options the Cowboys have heading into the start of free agency March 13.
Calvin Watkins joined in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.



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