A contract extension for quarterback Tony Romo would make a lot of sense for the Cowboys. He’s in the final year of his contract, and he has a $16.8 million salary-cap number for 2013. The two sides have talked about an extension that would provide both sides security and give the Cowboys some cap relief.
That said, if a Romo extension doesn’t get done, the Cowboys might have to seek alternatives when it comes to cap space. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, wide receiver Miles Austin, cornerback Brandon Carr, offensive lineman Doug Free, guard Nate Livings, quarterback Kyle Orton, cornerback Orlando Scandrick, outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware and tight end Jason Witten are potential candidates to have their contracts reworked in some way.
Rapoport noted that some restructurings may not entail a pay cut. Free and Austin have previously been reported to be players who could have their deals reworked. Free, who struggled a season ago at right tackle, could be moved to guard.