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Thursday, March 15, 2012
Cowboys not worried about cap penalties

By Calvin Watkins

The Cowboys were penalized $10 million against the salary cap because they dumped salaries in the uncapped 2010 season. The NFL also penalized the Washington Redskins.

Both teams stated they followed NFL rules in terms of player contracts. Cowboys senior vice president Stephen Jones said Thursday the team will lose $5 million in 2012 and $5 million in 2013.

Jones wouldn't comment regarding a potential appeal of the NFL ruling. However he didn't think losing the $10 million would hurt his team's ability to acquire talent.

"Obviously, getting the cap hit, you have to deal with it and there's ramifications of that," Jones said. "But it's not going to stop us from being able to do the things we have to do to be a championship-caliber football team in 2012."

The Cowboys were very busy the first two days of free agency. They signed cornerback Brandon Carr to a five-year deal for $50.1 million, and also acquired quarterback Kyle Orton, fullback Lawrence Vickers, safety Brodney Pool, guard Mackenzy Bernadeau. They're also in the mix for several other free agents, including guard Nate Livings and inside linebacker Dan Connor.

At the start of the offseason, the Cowboys had $12.5 million in salary cap room but lost $5 million of that with the penalties. The got more room after getting linebacker Anthony Spencer to sign his $8.8 million franchise tag.

Jones wouldn't say how much room is under the cap.

"'Room' always makes me chuckle," Jones said. "That's irrelevant. What we have on a given day really doesn't relate to what you're ultimately going to have and how you're going to manage. All I can tell you is we can make the moves that we need to make, hopefully to get prepared for the draft, to make us the type of football team we need to be."