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Andre Johnson, Dez Bryant restructure their contracts

Houston Texans' Johnson scores a touchdown on a pass reception as Cincinnati Bengals Crocker and Jones chase in the third quarter during their NFL AFC wildcard playoff football game in Houston Reuters

Thursday in Texas was a big day for wide receivers restructuring their contracts.

Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reports that both Andre Johnson and Dez Bryant have reworked their deals to give their teams a bit more salary cap room heading into free agency. Johnson converted the bulk of his $6.5 million base salary into a bonus that will be spread over the remaining five years on the contract. The move creates roughly $4.5 million in cap room for the Texans, money they can use as part of an effort to re-sign Mario Williams, find a replacement for him on the defense or a wide receiver to help Johnson exploit defenses next season.

Bryant’s restructuring doesn’t free up quite so much cap space for the Cowboys. He’s taking a $1.435 million roster bonus and turning it into a signing bonus to spread the cap hit over the remaining years on his rookie contract. The move creates about $960,000 in new space for the Cowboys, who are expected to be looking for help at guard and cornerback in free agency. The team will likely look for other contracts to rework in order to free up even more money for those quests.

Tackle Doug Free, cornerback Orlando Scandrick and linebacker DeMarcus Ware could be candidates for restructuring and the Cowboys will also see some cap relief if they do the expected and part ways with cornerback Terrence Newman.

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12 Responses to “Andre Johnson, Dez Bryant restructure their contracts”
  1. lilrob10201 says: Mar 8, 2012 4:18 PM

    Texans shouldent have gave 18 million for Arian Foster in one year.They should have made it a even contract instead of a front contract.

  2. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Mar 8, 2012 4:34 PM

    lilrob10201 says:
    Mar 8, 2012 4:18 PM
    Texans shouldent have gave 18 million for Arian Foster in one year.They should have made it a even contract instead of a front contract.

    WRONG! They gave him a front loaded contract because he’s played for pennies on the dollar the past two years. It’s also a good move because their team is basically locked up this year. His low cap numbers for the next several years mean they will have a top 3 rb in the nfl (haters disagree) for the price of one that’s 15th. This will also help with the resignings of several defensive players that become freeagents over the next 3 years.

  3. bombacim says: Mar 8, 2012 5:01 PM

    Why do fans care how much their teams pay for players already on their teams? Fans should be more upset that the team overspent by giving up 18 million to a RB. Especially one that was deemed replaceable in the games he was out last year. He’s not special. He has speed and vision. Vision to see gaping holes that the five or six men up front open up for him. These running backs are a dime a dozen and they could have found someone as good in round 3-5 this year. Wake up NFL. They already had two on their team that can put up those numbers.

  4. txtuff says: Mar 8, 2012 5:05 PM

    Foster’s contract isn’t front loaded. Most of the 18 million is a signing bonus that is spread out over the five years as long as the cap is concerned.

  5. touchdownroddywhite says: Mar 8, 2012 5:17 PM

    Bryant is already broke. How can he afford a pay cut?

  6. philmiller21 says: Mar 8, 2012 5:32 PM

    For the uninformed… Foster’s cap # is ~$8M in 2012. Texans had to take care of him, he’s done everything you could ask of a pro. Potential for ownership to lose lockerroom if they did #23 wrong.
    And Bombacim – did you watch Foster in the playoffs? 123 yds v Ravens? You’re dilusional if you don’t think Foster is special. I’m happy debating paying RB’s given their short shelf lives, but not if your argument is based on Foster just being a guy. He executes the zone blocking system beautifully. While Tate is solid, he’s not close to Foster’s level and you CANNOT teach vision and patience to a RB.

  7. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 8, 2012 5:45 PM

    lilrob10201 says:
    Mar 8, 2012 4:18 PM
    Texans shouldent have gave 18 million for Arian Foster in one year.They should have made it a even contract instead of a front contract.
    __________________________________
    This is proof positive that Texas has the worst school system in the free world. Misspelling shouldn’t (shouldent), using gave instead of given, and using a where an should have been used. I pity anyone growing up in Texas because you are destined for complete and total stupidity.

    The cowgirls pay more underperforming players than any other team in the league. It is fabulous to watch the cowgirls on Sunday and watch Dez disappear in the second half. Get ready LA………. Here come Jerrah!!!!!!

  8. bigd93 says: Mar 8, 2012 5:51 PM

    the boys can have a billion dollars to spend and still screw it up. whatever money they do spend i hope they can get it right . BUY SOME WINNERS !!!!

  9. jimnsota says: Mar 8, 2012 5:56 PM

    Vikes fan… Id take Foster “all day” over “All Day” he’s a better all around back in todays NFL. Plus he got less money than AP. That being said RBs are a dime a dozen and you dont win unless you have a QB and a PASS rush.

  10. tonyromoisterrible says: Mar 8, 2012 6:01 PM

    What happened to that dumb-o boysroll?

  11. traevin says: Mar 8, 2012 7:46 PM

    The cowgirls pay more underperforming players than any other team in the league. It is fabulous to watch the cowgirls on Sunday and watch Dez disappear in the second half. Get ready LA………. Here come Jerrah!!!!!!

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    So what numbers would have been acceptable for a second year WR who is 2nd on the Cowboys depth chart? In general, what are good numbers for a No. 2 wideout, considering most WRs break out, if they have the talent to do so, in their 3rd season? Do you have any idea what the league average actually is for 2nd year WRs? I just looked it up and no other 2nd year WR had more TDs than Bryant, which sounds like he’s over-performing in the ultimate category, if anything.

    As far as making plays, if you watched the games, you know that Bryant was instrumental in helping Dallas defeat Washington in both games with clutch catches as the clock was running out. Even when Dez isn’t making catches, his presence alone opens things up for the other players by occupying two defensive backs. You might not realize it but defensive coordinators certainly do.

    BTW, how was my grammar? Did it pass muster? I love constructive criticism so don’t hold back. I can take it ;

  12. doublebro says: Mar 8, 2012 11:28 PM

    tonyromoisterrible | Mar 8, 2012, 4:45 PM CST
    lilrob10201 says:
    Mar 8, 2012 4:18 PM
    Texans shouldent have gave 18 million for Arian Foster in one year.They should have made it a even contract instead of a front contract.
    __________________________________
    This is proof positive that Texas has the worst school system in the free world. Misspelling shouldn’t (shouldent), using gave instead of given, and using a where an should have been used. I pity anyone growing up in Texas because you are destined for complete and total stupidity.

    The cowgirls pay more underperforming players than any other team in the league. It is fabulous to watch the cowgirls on Sunday and watch Dez disappear in the second half. Get ready LA………. Here come Jerrah!!!!!!

    Anyone else glad the grammar/spelling police are patrol?

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