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Thursday, March 13, 2014
Breaking down the Mincey, McClain deals

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys took up only $1.1 million in salary-cap space with their deals to new defensive linemen Jeremy Mincey and Terrell McClain.

Mincey will count $1.25 million against the cap in 2014, and McClain will count $850,000.

According to NFL Players Association figures, Mincey can earn as much as $4.5 million over the next two seasons. Mincey received a $500,000 signing bonus and his $1 million base salary is also guaranteed. He is due a base salary of $1.5 million in 2015 with $200,000 is guaranteed.

McClain signed a three-year deal worth $3.05 million. He received a $300,000 signing bonus and will receive base salaries of $750,000, $1 million and $1 million. The max value of McClain's deal is $3.8 million.

The Houston Texans chose not to give McClain the $1.4 million tender as a restricted free agent, making him an unrestricted free agent. The Cowboys got a potential core backup for $550,000 less against the cap this year with $300,000 guaranteed.