Cowboys to part ways with Marcus Spears

AP

One of the strange parts of this offseason has been watching the Cowboys and Redskins watch from the sidelines, because of the salary cap penalties the league dropped on them.

Now, the Cowboys have dropped one of their own for a little room.

According to Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com, the Cowboys have decided to release defensive end Marcus Spears.

The former first-rounder will be designated a post-June 1 cut, allowing them to spread the cap hit out. He clears around $2 million in room this year, though they don’t get credit for it until the summer. Realistically, that’s part of the cap room they’ll need to sign draft picks.

Spears was also vaguely extraneous with the Cowboys move to a 4-3, as he’s a natural defensive end in a 3-4.