The Dallas Cowboys remain busy reworking contracts so they can wiggle under the salary cap before the start of the new league year.
Tight end Jason Witten is the latest veteran to restructure his contract in a way that creates a cap savings in 2013 for the club. Todd Archer of the Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys have converted $4.56 million of the $5.5 million base salary Witten was due this coming season into a signing bonus. The measure frees up $3.65 million in needed space for the franchise.
The Cowboys pulled off a similar move with defensive end DeMarcus Ware on Wednesday to save $4 million vs. the cap. Next up could be defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and cornerback Orlando Scandrick, according to the report.
Dallas is projected to be about $20 million over the cap and the team will need to complete a series of restructures, especially if they cannot hammer out a long-term deal for quarterback Tony Romo, who is due to count $16.8 million vs. the cap this season.
The tight cap situation makes it highly unlikely the team will be able to keep defensive end/outside linebacker Anthony Spencer. Dallas is not expected to be active in free agency.
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