Justin Durant, Will Allen sign deals

Updated: March 27, 2013, 3:10 PM ET
By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com

IRVING, Texas -- With precious little salary-cap space at the start of the day, the Dallas Cowboys restructured the contract of quarterback Kyle Orton and released wide receiver Anthony Armstrong in order to sign linebacker Justin Durant and safety Will Allen.

The Orton and Armstrong moves freed up roughly $1 million of space for the Cowboys, who were $102,005 under the cap at the beginning of the day. Durant received a two-year deal, and Allen received a one-year deal.

The Cowboys now have less than $25,000 in salary-cap space after the signings.

Durant and Allen visited with the team on Monday and could become starters in the Cowboys new 4-3 defense this season.

Durant will compete for the strong-side outside linebacker spot. He started 14 games last year in Detroit and finished with 103 tackles, good for second on the team. Allen will have a chance to win a starting safety spot. He started seven games last year for Pittsburgh and finished with 34 tackles, five pass deflections and a forced fumble.

The Cowboys can add more cap room with reworked deals for quarterback Tony Romo and outside linebacker Anthony Spencer and have been in talks with the players agents.

A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the team is also expected to restructure the contract of Doug Free; however, sources told ESPNDallas.com that the offensive tackle's deal won't be reworked.

Todd Archer

ESPN Dallas Cowboys reporter

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