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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Cowboys' free agents by the numbers

By Calvin Watkins

Here’s a quick look at the Cowboys entering free agency today by the numbers.

How much salary cap space? The Cowboys have $1.1 million worth of space available, lowest in the NFL. This could increase if the team restructures, releases or gets DeMarcus Ware to take a pay cut. If Ware is released the team opens $7.4 million in space.

What about Miles Austin? He’s currently on the roster, but it’s doubtful he’ll remain there. The Cowboys can make Austin a post-June 1 cut after free agency starts today and create $5.5 million in cap space. The team can’t get the savings until, well, after June 1.

Highest cap numbers for 2014: Ware $16 million, Brandon Carr $12.2 million, Tony Romo $11.7 million, Jason Witten $8.4 million and Miles Austin $8.2 million.

Notable free agents: Jason Hatcher, Anthony Spencer and Ernie Sims enter free agency today. The team will let all three test the market, but have a better chance at bringing Spencer back. Hatcher is looking for a big money deal and the Cowboys, at least right now, are against doing that. Spencer is returning from microfracture surgery and could return for a much lower financial deal. Sims, a veteran backup linebacker, most likely will sign elsewhere.

Who are the Cowboys are looking at? Everybody. Well, anybody they can afford. The Cowboys want upgrades along the defensive line, free safety and linebacker. Denver weakside linebacker Wesley Woodyard is someone the team has interest in. If backup quarterback Kyle Orton retires, then getting a veteran to backup Tony Romo becomes important. The team has worked out Mike Kafka, David Carr, Tyler Thigpen, John Skelton, Richard Bartel and Caleb Hanie in the last few months.