With free agency on the horizon, NFL teams are sweating the weight of the salary cap. But good news comes in the form of small relief, as the cap has come in at $123 million.
The Cowboys have reworked the contracts of five starters, including DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten and Miles Austin, to save salary cap space.
The activation of a cap-relief clause in DeMarcus Ware’s contract is a done deal, according to Dallas Cowboys sources.
So is the new contract the Dallas Cowboys intend on giving quarterback Tony Romo a “reward’’? Or a matter of cap math?
The Cowboys are nearly $20 million over the cap, which comes at a time when they are still facing a $5-mllion cap penalty from the NFL from a year ago.
Clubs with salary cap issues like the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys are up against some tough odds to build a team ready to win in 2013.
The union is seeking billions of dollars in damages. It claims the NFL set a secret salary cap during the uncapped 2010 season to hold down salaries.
It’s a significant jump from last year’s cap of $64.3 million, and continues the trend of increases since the cap system was established in 2005.
Jerry Jones says he has no interest in going to federal court to seek relief after an arbitrator upheld the NFL’s salary cap reductions against the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins.
The NFL Players Association has filed a complaint in federal court accusing the league of colluding to impose a secret salary cap during the uncapped 2010 season
According to NFL general counsel Jeff Pash, speaking to media at the owners meetings in Atlanta, Professor Stephen Burbank dismissed the grievance filed by Washington and Dallas.
Jerry Jones says the Dallas Cowboys have been able to do everything they wanted to do this offseason despite the NFL reducing their salary cap.