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Cowboys Create Salary Cap Space With Restructure Of LB Sean Lee

RJ Ochoa

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The NFL's Free Agency "Tampering Window" officially opened on Tuesday, and that means a lot of dollars and cents are going to be spent sometime soon on football players. In order for the Dallas Cowboys to do that, they need a little bit more space under the salary cap, and they just got some with the restructured contract of linebacker Sean Lee.

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The Cowboys have restructured the contract of All-Pro linebacker Sean Lee, creating a little more than $5... https://t.co/zLcva8vdmA

This restructure is one that salary cap aficionados might have seen coming - the Cowboys did restructure both Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick earlier this offseason - as the Cowboys are going to need some spare room if they do have intentions of playing in the Free Agency period. Of course the big domino yet to fall this offseason is the status of quarterback Tony Romo, but that is a domino that seemingly has no sort of expiration date in sight.

Over the last few seasons the Cowboys have established a bit of a firmer grip on their financial approach to their football team. Restructures are the status quo this time of year, and the Cowboys - like most NFL teams - are smart enough to do so with their cornerstone players. The restructuring of Sean Lee created a little more then five million dollars in salary cap space for the team, giving them almost nine million to work with.

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None of this is indicative that the Cowboys are going after a big-time splash with a particular free agent in mind. The Cowboys will need room for their rookie class, but it's fairly safe to assume that there is a player or two that Dallas has their eyes on and is readying the cannons to fire at will.

Free Agency officially begins Thursday, March 9th at 4pm ET. Will the Cowboys have a new player at that time? Will it take a day or two? Who will it be? All of these are fantastic questions, and we'll have you updated with the answers as always here at Inside The Star.

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  • Travis Diggs

    I hope the boys know what they’re doing It seems like every off season somebody is restructuring their deal to free up money that won’t even be used on any significant additions Every off season were a piece or two away and the best we can do is players like Mayowa and Thornton , Does Jerry want a ring or not??? We got players like Tyrone Crawford and Romo eating up money but Your not willing to give them up yet, Why??? Patriots beat us out last off season for Long and Jerry said he wasn’t interested in Freeney who went to the Falcons See where I’m going with this!! Mediocre teams make Mediocre moves We gotta get better Everything can’t be done through the draft

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Report: QB Dak Prescott Signs Multi-Year Deal With Campbell’s Chunky Soup

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Jekyll or Hyde: Year 3 "Prove It" Season For Dak Prescott? 1

Being the Dallas Cowboys starting quarterback comes with its challenges, but it certainly comes with its perks as well. One of those perks is the opportunity for endorsement deals, and income outside of his football salary.

Dak Prescott is embracing those perks now, reportedly signing a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. Prescott will continue to endorse Chunky MAXX, Campbell's protein soup line.

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Cowboys QB Dak Prescott has re-signed a new multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup through 2020. This is the first QB multi-year deal for Chunky Soup since Donovan McNabb in 2001. He'll continue to promote Chunky MAXX, the protein-packed line of soups, this year, per Edelman

Campbell's Soup has had some legendary football related commercials throughout the years, none more memorable than those with former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb and his mother.

In fact, Dak Prescott is the first NFL quarterback to sign a multi-year deal with Campbell's Chunky Soup since those McNabb commercials.

Hopefully, Dak Prescott can continue to "prove it" on the field and still be the Cowboys starting quarterback throughout this entire Campbell's deal.



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BREAKING: David Irving Suspended For 2nd Consecutive Year

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For the second consecutive year, Defensive Lineman David Irving is being suspended for four games by the NFL. This time, the suspension comes after Irving violated the NFL's policy on substance of abuses, as Ian Rapoport reported.

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Cowboys DL David Irving is being suspended 4 games for violating @NFL policy on substance of abuses, sources say. Another big-time D-linemen hit with a suspension for Dallas.

Irving will play for the Dallas Cowboys after the team placed a second-round tender on him earlier in the year. Why no team was interested in picking such a talented defensive tackle for a second round pick is becoming clearer and clearer as the time goes on.

In April, when David Irving got hacked by his former girlfriend one of the tweets that stood out the most was one which said "Wait until you all find about his failed drug tests." Now, we're seeing what the tweet was about.

Irving is a very talented player that could have a great career ahead of him. Of course, with this being the second consecutive year in which he receives a suspension to start the season, one could question how much he wants it.

The Cowboys will play the Panthers, Giants, Seahawks and Lions to start the season. They'll have to do it with one of their most promising defensive players in David Irving.

Here at Inside The Star, we'll keep you updated with this story and every Dallas Cowboys news.

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Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

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Cowboys 2016 Draft Class: Who Will Be The Stand Out In 2017?
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When Dallas Cowboys legend Jason Witten retired from the NFL last month, he left behind an unproven group of tight ends for the Cowboys to field as Witten moves on to the Monday Night Football broadcast booth. This is not a TE group short of potential, although that's nothing new for the laundry list of players that have failed at the position behind the Hall of Fame bound Witten.

Headlining this group of potential heirs to Witten has to be 2016 draft pick Rico Gathers. Not yet given the same opportunities that Geoff Swaim and Blake Jarwin are receiving through the Cowboys ongoing mini camp, Gathers has been criticized for his commitment to his team.

Looking to make the transition from the basketball court at Baylor to the football field, Gathers' journey began at Witten's soon-to-be home forever. Playing his first organized football game since middle school, Gathers and Witten were teammates in the Hall of Fame game at Canton, Ohio in 2017.

A game rarely leaving fans with a lasting memories, Gathers immediately flashed potential in the passing game, hauling in three passes for 59 yards and a touchdown. Gathers would go on to spend the season on IR after a concussion suffered in practice, recovering from it in time to return but never seeing the field.

This leaves Gathers' prospects of putting it all together in year three at a difficult crossroads. It will be hard to question Gathers' commitment moving forward, as the message from his former teammate Jason Witten still lives with him.

Jason Witten's Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers

If Witten truly sees a "bright future" for Rico Gathers, who Head Coach Jason Garrett says needs work in the running game, there is no reason the Cowboys can't find a role for him this season. With an entirely unproven group of wide receivers, Gathers could be the reliable mismatch for Dak Prescott to target in the middle of the field.

Prescott was the ninth worst quarterback in the league last season in red zone completion percentage, surely something the 6'6" TE Gathers could help improve.

Gathers may be a long way off from becoming Prescott's version of Witten to Tony Romo, but there is still hope for the 2016 draft pick, according to now football analyst Jason Witten.

Tell us what you think about "Jason Witten’s Lasting Message to Cowboys TE Rico Gathers" in the comments below. You can also email me at Sean.Martin@InsideTheStar.com, or Tweet to me at @SeanMartinNFL!



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