Cowboys rework Scandrick, Free deals

March, 13, 2012
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IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys continued to create salary-cap space as free agency approaches by reworking the contracts of cornerback Orlando Scandrick and tackle Doug Free to save the team $8.56 million, according to sources.

The Cowboys had it written into the deals of both players to make such a move to create room.

The Cowboys knocked Scandrick’s base salary down from $7.1 million to $1.2 million. The $5.9 million difference was turned into signing bonus to help lower the cap figure. Free’s base salary was lowered from $6 million to $1.2 million with the difference turned into signing bonuses.

Scandrick and Free were set to count $7.7 million and $8.06 million against the cap.

Reworking DeMarcus Ware’s contract would save the Cowboys $3.26 million.

The decisions to cut Terence Newman and David Buehler as well as reworking Scandrick’s contract have created $15.82 million in salary cap room against the 2012 cap.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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