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Thursday, March 28, 2013
Deals come at good prices for Cowboys

By Todd Archer

Ed Werder joins Fitzsimmons & Durrett to discuss what the Cowboys are getting with Justin Durant and Will Allen, the state of the possible contract extensions for Tony Romo and Anthony Spencer and the team's draft strategy.

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IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys’ deals with free agents Justin Durant and Will Allen chew up roughly $1.5 million in salary-cap space this year.

Durant received a two-year deal that included a $400,000 signing bonus and a $715,000 base salary this year and a $1.25 million base in 2014. He can earn more in ’14 based on incentives. Allen received a minimum salary benefit contract worth $840,000 but it will count only $620,000 against the salary cap with a $65,000 signing bonus.

That’s two potential starters for half of the $3 million base salary they were set to pay Gerald Sensabaugh before he was cut. That’s two potential starters for less than they were set to pay Marcus Spears ($2 million) before he was cut. That’s not bad shopping in free agency.

Durant gives the Cowboys a veteran to play the strong side linebacker spot. Allen at least gives the Cowboys some cover at safety, but it’s more like SPF-15 when they need SPF-50 on a hot summer day. Safety will remain one of their top priorities entering the draft.