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01:40 PM ET 02.28 | Add another player to the list of Dallas Cowboys who restructured their contracts on Thursday, cornerback Brandon Carr. Carr reworked his contract to save the Cowboys $10.5 million against the cap this season according to Clarence Hill. Carr was due $14.3 in base salary in 2013 as part of the $50.1 million deal he signed last offseason, but by converting some salary to bonus, Dallas was able to save $10.5 million in cap space. In 2012, his first season in Dallas, Carr intercepted three passes, defended 11 more, and made 53 tackles. The Cowboys have already reworked the contracts of defensive end DeMarcus Ware, tight end Jason Witten and guards Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau in a push to get under the 2013 salary cap. Before all the new deals, the Cowboys were believed to be about $20 million over the cap. Between those four players, Dallas was believed to have saved between $9 and $10 million against the cap.

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February 28, 2013  01:52 PM ET

So do you think all the free agents are watching this trend? You pretty much need to make your contract impact the cap, or teams will just cut you. As long as you hurt them in their cap numbers, teams will be inclined to pay out some of that ridiculous total contract amount out to you when they need to restructure your contract.

February 28, 2013  03:12 PM ET
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So do you think all the free agents are watching this trend? You pretty much need to make your contract impact the cap, or teams will just cut you. As long as you hurt them in their cap numbers, teams will be inclined to pay out some of that ridiculous total contract amount out to you when they need to restructure your contract.

I think it is just wiggling to get money under and spreading out longer.

Dallas set Carr up like that on purpose so they could kick the tires with him and if he delivered, they could spread out longer...

They restructured the "right" players.

Names like Carr, Witten and Ware are not going anywhere.

February 28, 2013  03:17 PM ET

Still waiting on them to restructure the O-line..

February 28, 2013  03:40 PM ET
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Still waiting on them to restructure the O-line..

Zing...

February 28, 2013  03:51 PM ET
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Still waiting on them to restructure the O-line..

Didn't you hear? Tony Romo operates best with a lousy O-line. Jerry has provided him with just what he needs.

February 28, 2013  05:31 PM ET
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Didn't you hear? Tony Romo operates best with a lousy O-line. Jerry has provided him with just what he needs.

Jerry Jones lack of drafting quality linemen and Romo's continued success of choking in the big games will keep what once was America's Team down for another few years.

February 28, 2013  11:19 PM ET
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Jerry Jones lack of drafting quality linemen and Romo's continued success of choking in the big games will keep what once was America's Team down for another few years.

I agree with half of that.

the offensive line is a major issue. The line's flaws cripple what would otherwise be an extremely explosive offense.

I don't see Romo as a major problem, though. Not by any means. I obviously am aware that he has a reputation for "choking in big games", but in all honesty he's been more of a scape goat than any kind of Achilles Heel for the Cowboys.

I absolutely believe that with a quality offensive line, the Cowboys would have a decent-to-good chance of contending for a Super Bowl as early as 2013 even with Romo as the QB.

The one other problem they have though is a lack of discipline and leadership. The Cowboys are generally one of the NFL's most penalized teams in recent years, and it's no secret that Dallas does not have a vocal leader in the locke room; someone like Ray Lewis, who can inspire his teammates to achieve heights that might've otherwise been impossible goals.

That's my opinion, anyway.

March 1, 2013  06:14 AM ET

The Cowboys can restructure the Team Build an outstanding line for Romo, and it won't mean a thing, they still have a lousy coach, with a system doomed to fail, and I won't even mentioned how bad the GM has been for the last 20 Years!!! That's a long time!

March 1, 2013  10:08 AM ET

all this restructuring.... sounds like someone needs lessons in writing good contracts. maybe we are creating space now, but long term is this beneficial?

and romo choking... yep, he does. someone tell me when romo had an outstanding game in a "win or go home" type game. everyone knows he's 1-6 in elimination games. now i know he's usually running for his life behind that weak OL, but there's some truth to #7 comment, too.

March 1, 2013  10:57 AM ET
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all this restructuring.... sounds like someone needs lessons in writing good contracts. maybe we are creating space now, but long term is this beneficial? and romo choking... yep, he does. someone tell me when romo had an outstanding game in a "win or go home" type game. everyone knows he's 1-6 in elimination games. now i know he's usually running for his life behind that weak OL, but there's some truth to #7 comment, too.

Well Dallas did get a $20 mil cap penalty cut that no one else got for playing games during the uncapped year (The Redskins got cut a $35 or $36 mil cut this year for the same thing). So Dallas had no choice in the matter.

 
March 2, 2013  12:06 AM ET
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Well Dallas did get a $20 mil cap penalty cut that no one else got for playing games during the uncapped year (The Redskins got cut a $35 or $36 mil cut this year for the same thing). So Dallas had no choice in the matter.

Exactly. Let's be fair here.

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