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3 moves the Cowboys can make to get under the salary cap in 2023

As the Cowboys prepare for a loaded , one thing they need to address before making any big moves is finding a way to get under the new NFL . The league informed teams that the salary cap would increase by more than $16 million over 2022, up to $224.8 million for 2023.

Dallas is currently $7 million over that number.

Plenty of moves can be made to get the Cowboys under the salary cap and even create enough space to SPEND money this off-season, and here are three easy ways to do so.


This is for those fans who don't understand how this works and those who hate and want to replace him with someone who will not make the for the next five years. 

Adding four or even five more years to his deal would allow Dallas to restructure his current money. They pay him a bonus that would spread, cap-wise, over the years and create space for the team.

The Rams did it with last year. They gave him a four-year extension worth $160 million and a signing bonus. His cap impact then went down to $13 million and $20 million over 2022 and 2023.


A few tough decisions will be made this off-season. One move the Cowboys could make would free up $13.6 million in space.

The Cowboys have gotten their money's worth out of , and more, and the vet is due to count $17.6 million against the cap.

Dallas hit on last year in the draft, and the hope is that (restricted ) will recover from his ACL tear. A post-June 1st cut of Tyron Smith would be a wise option.

Release EZEKIEL ELLIOTT Outright

You knew this was coming, didn't you?

Let me be clear: I do not want the Cowboys to cut .

Zeke still has value in the short-yardage game. 

He told the Cowboys he would take a pay cut to stay with the team, but a post-June 1st cut would save Dallas nearly $11 million.

His production has fallen off. He only averaged 3.8 yards per carry and totaled just 17 explosive runs in 2022. If recovers and plays on the , things could get ugly for Elliott. 

He did rush for 12 touchdowns this season, but is that enough to continue to pay him that much money when you have a better behind him?

I want Elliott on this team for his and what he brings to the locker room — it just wouldn't feel the same without him. 

So what do you think the Cowboys should do?

If these don't happen, I think players like and others would be cut. They could even restructure 's contract to save a handful of money.

The Cowboys will have money to spend this off-season, it's just a matter of if will make a move and sign the missing piece to help them make the

One of these moves will probably happen to clear a ton of cap space, but we just have to wait and see which axe the Cowboys decide to drop. 

Shane Taylor
Shane Taylor
Cowboys fan from the Midwest. Writing is fun, Staff writer for Inside The Star. Follow me on twitter @ShaneTaylor43

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