With free agency beginning on March 12, the Cowboys have been scrambling to shed salaries and create cap space. Most of the talk about ostensible contract restructuring has centered on Tony Romo. The signal caller’s final contract year will account for $16.8 million of the $123 million salary cap but, so far, Romo’s deal hasn’t been touched.
On March 6, Clarence Hill of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Dallas is roughly $6 million over the cap after engineering a flurry of re-negotiations for marquee players, including DeMarcus Ware, Jason Witten, Miles Austin and Brandon Carr. In detailing the restructured terms of those four contracts, Chris Wesseling of NFL.com listed the collective cap relief to be in excess of $21 million.
These deals were consecrated on February 28. That same day, Todd Archer of espndallas.com reported that oral agreements had been reached to re-work the contracts of defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and cornerback Orlando Scandrick: two inarguably overvalued assets.
With those moves forthcoming, we now consider the best and worst contracts on the Cowboys’ books that haven’t been restructured and have no reporting evidence to suggest they’re about to be.