Cowboys and the salary cap 

January, 16, 2013
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ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton and ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer agree that the Dallas Cowboys are on target to be about $18.2 million over the salary cap as things stand now, so how will they work out their finances this offseason? First, they will try to restructure some contracts.

"The Cowboys have a built-in trigger in Brandon Carr’s contract that will lower his $16.3 million cap number and save about $10.5 million based on how they structured his contract when he signed last year," Archer wrote. "They can re-work the deals of DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten and Miles Austin to roughly save another $11 million."

Of course, reworking contracts essentially just pushes those salary-cap issues down the road, which means they will be a thorn in their side at a later date. To that end, there are some contracts that might just be axed.

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