Cowboys rework Tony Romo’s deal, near salary cap

Tony Romo

The Dallas Cowboys announced Tuesday that they have restructured quarterback Tony Romo’s contract to create $10 million in cap space.

Romo had a restructure clause that was placed in his six-year, $108 million deal that he signed last year.

According to the team, Romo’s cap figure drops down from $21.7 million to $11.7 million, helping the team get closer to the $134.55 million salary cap.

Romo is currently rehabbing from December back surgery, but the Cowboys expect Romo will be able to take part in the full offseason program that begins April 21.

In addition, the Cowboys also restructured cornerback Orlando Scandrick and linebacker Sean Lee, saving the team about $7.5 million.

According to, the Cowboys are less than $1 million from being under the cap, and do not plan to restructure the contracts of any more players unless they need to find space to add players in free agency.

The Cowboys still need to decide on the future of Miles Austin and DeMarcus Ware.

If the Cowboys cut Austin now the team would only save about $450,000 in cap space but they can save $5.5 million if they make Austin a post-June 1 cut.

Ware is set to count $16.003 million against the cap, and the Cowboys will save about $7.5 million if they release him.  But the two sides will continue negotiations to either restructure his deal or come to an agreement on a lower base salary.

The Cowboys could also waive linebacker Justin Durant, which would save $1.2 million, and center Phil Costa, which would free up $1.5 million.

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