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Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Brian Waters' deal doesn't mess up cap

By Calvin Watkins

IRVING, Texas -- With the Dallas Cowboys signing guard Brian Waters to a one-year contract that could be worth as much as $3 million if certain incentives are met, it raised a question about the current salary-cap situation.

The Cowboys have roughly $4.5 million available in salary-cap space, but the team configures it has less given player incentives that could be reached during the season and the potential of signing free agents during the season.

There isn't any pending contract talks with Dez Bryant, Jason Hatcher, Dan Bailey or Bruce Carter, but team executive vice president Stephen Jones said that doesn't mean anything because the team could do something if necessary.

Hatcher and Bailey become free agents after this season while Bryant and Carter are up after 2014. The Cowboys could extend Bryant's and Carter's contracts because they're young players who are the future. Bailey, a reliable kicker, is also in the mix for getting a new deal at some point. Hatcher is in a different situation. He's 31 and the team might go with younger players at the defensive tackle spot.

Also, Sean Lee's recent seven-year $42.6 million extension with $9 million in incentives doesn't bother the Cowboys' cap either.

"We pretty much knew what we wanted to do with Sean," Jones said. "So we're in good shape. We feel good about it."