The NFL free agency is starting in a week, and the Cowboys are working overtime to get under the $133 million salary cap.
That work is starting to “pay off.” The Cowboys have been working to restructure Quarterback Tony Romo’s contract, and will apparently be less than $1 million over the cap after the restructure.
The Cowboys intend to convert 12.5 million of Romo's $13.5 million base salary into a signing bonus. The restructures to Romo’s contract will save the team $10 million dollars dropping his salary-cap figure from $21.7 million to $11.7 million.
Romo signed a six-year extension in 2013 worth $108 million that included $55 million in guaranteed money, which freed up $5 million worth of cap room for the 2013 season. The initial contract was designed to be restructured in the second year to create cap room.
Romo had back surgery in December, but the Cowboys anticipate he will be ready to take part in the full offseason program beginning April 21.
The Cowboys will also finalize the contracts of cornerback Orlando Scandrick, and linebacker Sean Lee on Tuesday. The restructuring of these two contracts created about $6.8 million in cap space. Scandrick signed a two-year-extension late last season guaranteeing him $9 million. Lee signed a six-year extension worth around $51 million in summer 2013.
The Cowboys have no intentions of restructuring the contracts of other players, unless it becomes necessary to add players in the free agency.
The restructuring of Romo, Lee and Scandrick creates $16.8 million, making the Cowboys less than $1 million under their salary cap.
The fate of DeMarcus Ware, Miles Austin and Phil Costa are yet to be decided.
The team attempted to get Costa to take a pay cut, yet he refused. They have not yet decided to release him, but it would save $1.5 million, and it looks as though he will be released.
Ware is set to count for $16.003 million against the cap, the team could save $7.4 million by releasing him. It is yet to be determined if the Cowboys will work out a deal with the defensive end. Austin is set to count for $8.249 million against the cap.
My question for you readers:
What do you think of players that refuse to take a pay-cut for a team they apparently love? Especially when it means you could be doing the team a big favour? Is it selfish of them to not think of the team as a whole, or since this is their job is it smart for them to be only looking out for themselves?
Dallas Cowboys to Re-Sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for 2018
Continuity is the key to good special teams play in the NFL. Already losing long-time Special Teams Coordinator Rich Bisaccia to the Raiders - who promptly snatched ST aces Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber in free agency - the Dallas Cowboys have announced their intentions to re-sign Long Snapper L.P. Ladouceur for the 2018 season.
Returning on a one-year deal, the fan favorite Ladouceur will be back to do what he does best in cleanly executing almost every special teams snap for Chris Jones or Dan Bailey to handle.
Long snapper L.P. Ladouceur will re-sign with the Cowboys on Monday, according to sources, on a one-year deal. He will be in his 14th season with the franchise. Only Jason Witten, Ed "Too Tall" Jones, Bill Bates and Mark Tuinei will have more years of... https://t.co/yTQbMYyrIv
While Jones has improved as the Cowboys' punter with each passing season, Kicker Dan Bailey actually enters 2018 as another question mark on this unit. With the general belief around the team being that Bailey will be just fine moving forward, the Cowboys will no longer have to worry about who handles long snaps next year either.
L.P. Ladouceur is back in the silver and blue, and in this moment, everything can be alright with the world.
Report: Raiders Sign Former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber
A Free Agency period filled with departures continued for the Dallas Cowboys today, as the Oakland Raiders have reportedly signed the now-former Cowboys LB Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders have signed LB Kyle Wilber: https://t.co/TaC6cqjval
Wilber has been with the Cowboys since 2012, and has played in all 16 games four of the past five seasons. Most of his time has come on special teams, but he did provide solid linebacker depth for the Cowboys since joining the team.
Dallas has now lost both Wilber and Anthony Hitchens, depleting their linebacker depth even further over the last couple weeks.
The Raiders have now signed two key special teams contributors for the Cowboys in Keith Smith and Kyle Wilber this offseason. Hopefully Dallas can replace these types of "replacement level" players throughout the rest of the offseason, especially during the NFL Draft.
Report: Cowboys Officially Release CB Orlando Scandrick
After requesting his release from the team just a few days ago, Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick has gotten his wish. According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, Scandrick has officially been cut by the Dallas Cowboys.
I'm told the #Cowboys have informed CB Orlando Scandrick he will be released, per source.
This move will reportedly save the Cowboys roughly $1.4M against the salary cap, as we hope they finally look to make some moves during the Free Agency period.
Scandrick's release comes after an offseason in which the Cowboys totally overhauled the back end of their defense, specifically their cornerbacks. With the emergence of young, promising players such as Chidobe Awuzie and Jourdan Lewis, and the health issues of the aging Scandrick, the move makes a lot of sense.
In fact, after the Cowboys drafted Awuzie in the second round of last year's draft it was rumored the Cowboys were looking to move Scandrick for extra draft picks. Instead, one year later, they have cut him to save some cap room.
Orlando Scandrick should have a market to find a new team elsewhere, but his time in Dallas has now come to a close.
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