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Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Cowboys rework Scandrick, Free deals

By Calvin Watkins and Todd Archer

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.