After signing seven players in unrestricted free agency last year, including cornerback Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50 million deal, the Cowboys will be hard-pressed to be as active this year when the market opens March 12, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports.
“The salary cap is tight around the league and it’s tight here in Dallas,” coach Jason Garrett said, “so we have to make some decisions. We’ve spent the last couple of days here talking about our personnel. We’ve got to make some good decisions with our personnel and how we think we can help our team with guys who are available free agents. Obviously we also have an opportunity to help ourselves in the draft, so we have to put all of this together.
“We’ve just started the discussions, and those decisions will be critical for our success.”
The Cowboys will restructure cornerback Brandon Carr’s contract, which will save about $10.5 million in space, and can look to rework the deals of DeMarcus Ware and Jason Witten, which would create about $6.5 million in space. A new deal for Romo would likely cut his $16.8 million salary-cap figure in half.
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