Report: Doug Free restructures contract with Cowboys

Doug Free has long been rumored to be a candidate for a restructuring and the Dallas Cowboys right tackle finally has a new deal.

Free agreed to a new contract, according to Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas, a two-year deal that will allow him to remain with the club. Free’s salary cap figure for this season was to be $10.02 million and he was supposed to earn $7 million. Now, it is believed his base salary will be half of that after a disappointing season for Free in 2012.

Free cashed in with a $32 million, four-year contract in 2011, a deal that included $17 million guaranteed. He has started 48 consecutive games for the club and now rumors about the team pursuing veteran options at right tackle will subside.

The hope is that Free can improve this season working with assistant coach Bill Callahan. If he doesn’t he might not see the second season of this two-year deal.

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