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UPDATE: The Cowboys took one more step toward getting under the salary cap Thursday by restructuring the contract of tight end Jason Witten. The reworked deal will shave about $3.65 million off of their cap, according to ESPNDallas.com's Todd Archer
The Dallas Cowboys and DeMarcus Ware agreed to restructure his contract Wednesday. The reworked deal will help the Cowboys save $4 million against their salary cap, but they still have a lot of work to do in order to get under the cap. Per ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the team plans to restructure about a dozen contracts over the next couple of weeks. That should include nose tackle Jay Ratliff, cornerback Orlando Scandrick and linebacker Dan Connor, who could be let loose if he doesn't rework his current deal.
The deal with Ware could be an indication the Cowboys do not expect to complete negotiations to extend Tony Romo's contract and lower his team-high $16.8 million salary-cap figure before March 12.
Even if they manage to get under the salary cap, the Cowboys are going to have to target affordable options via free agency, and ESPN NFL Insiders Gary Horton and Field Yates think guard Donald Thomas could be a good fit:
Gary HortonOffseason Playbook: Cowboys
"What the team needs to do is target value signings, and Thomas, buried on the New England Patriots' depth chart at guard behind Logan Mankins and Dan Connolly, is a starting-level player who won't break the bank on the open market. The Cowboys could stand to upgrade at right guard in particular, where Mackenzy Bernadeau struggled in 2012. Thomas, a 27-year-old four-year veteran, is an effective run-blocker who also would improve the Cowboys' protection of Romo. He's a smart, developing interior linemen who also offers value as an emergency center. ... [W]ith the Cowboys' current spending limits, Thomas is the type of player Dallas needs to pursue, and he's a player who can start right away."