Stephen Jones: Cowboys are cap tight

January, 22, 2014
Jan 22
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MOBILE, Ala. -- Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said don't expect the Cowboys to do something extravagant in free agency.

Jones said the team is tight against the cap and currently is nearly $25 million over the 2014 cap. The team will get under the cap by March 11, like it always does. However, it doesn't leave much room to sign big money free agents and it most likely will end the Cowboys career of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jason Hatcher, who becomes a free agent this spring.

"It's still tight," Jones said Wednesday afternoon of the salary cap. "I think we always manage through it, but we’re still in a tight situation after coming off the penalties ($10 million for violating league rules on Miles Austin contract) and the things like that. We're still up against it."

The Cowboys most likely will restructure the contracts of Tony Romo ($21.7 million), DeMarcus Ware ($16 million), Brandon Carr ($12.2 million) and Jason Witten ($8.4 million) to lower their salary-cap figures to create room.

Also the Cowboys could ask several players including Austin and Ware to take pay cuts or get released.

Ware has said he's against taking a pay cut but if the Cowboys make Austin a post-June 1 cut the team saves $5.5 million.

"I think Miles is another one of those guys that had a great career with us," Jones said. "But no different than any of our other guys, you've got to evaluate it. What resources he takes up and make decisions from there. Obviously we haven’t made final decisions on any of that yet."
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.

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