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Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Cowboys have cap room for more deals

By Todd Archer

OXNARD, Calif. – With Tyron Smith’s eight-year extension, the Dallas Cowboys chewed into their remaining salary-cap space by roughly $1 million.

Following the release of quarterback Kyle Orton before training camp, the Cowboys had roughly $10.7 million in salary-cap room. After Smith’s deal, that number is approximately $9.7 million.

Smith’s cap number increased from $3.976 million to $4.976 million, all while the Cowboys have signed their Pro Bowl left tackle through 2023. That’s a good trade-off.

And it does not preclude the Cowboys from doing deals with Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray or add a free agent or two, depending on the structures of those contracts.

The Cowboys have had talks with Bryant’s agent, Eugene Parker, but there does not appear to be any quick resolution on a multiyear deal for the Pro Bowl wide receiver. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said he did not see an extension for Murray in the near future, either. Like Bryant, Murray, who made the Pro Bowl last year, is entering the final year of his rookie contract.