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Cowboys Salary Cap: 2 Easy Moves for $5.5 Million Relief

The have a lot of big personnel decisions ahead in the . Thankfully, not all of their moves will be as complicated as negotiating a pay cut with or long-term extensions with and .

Two easy, obvious moves the Cowboys can make involve some bench guys who take up more cap space than they're worth at this point. and can each earn Dallas $2.75 million in cap space if released.

Cutting Hanna would generate just $750k in dead money. Mayowa's would be $1.1 million, but the cap savings we just gave you come after the penalty. In total, releasing both players would give Dallas $5.5 million in immediately usable money.

With opening March 14th, these likely moves should come in the next week.

Benson Mayowa
Dallas Cowboys DE Benson Mayowa

Both players are up against younger, more valuable assets on the and the potential influx of new talent. Mayowa is already behind DeMarcus Lawrence, , and at defensive end. We should also see return from this year, and perhaps even if he's reinstated by the league.

Similarly, James Hanna has and pushing for whatever work is available behind veteran leader . Also, there are many predicting that the Cowboys could draft a tight end in the early rounds of April's draft.

While Hanna and Mayowa have both played solid roles at times for the Cowboys, there's no real upside to them at this point. The Cowboys already have prospects who need more playing time, making these veterans far more valuable as cap casualties.

$5.5 million is no small amount of money, either. It could be a good first-year salary for a veteran starting contract. Alternatively, it could fund roughly the entire 2018 draft class.

Far more difficult cuts lay ahead, but these two underrated moves will free up a nice chunk of change the Cowboys can use to retool for the upcoming season.

Jess Haynie
Jess Haynie
Cowboys fan since 1992, blogger since 2011. Bringing you the objectivity of an outside perspective with the passion of a die-hard fan. I love to talk to my readers, so please comment on any article and I'll be sure to respond!

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