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Cowboys do more shuffling, make Will Allen deal official

We thought the Cowboys would be making moves on Wednesday and they haven’t disappointed.

Quarterback Kyle Orton restructured his contract to make cap space for linebacker Justin Durant and now the team’s made another move to create room for the addition of safety Will Allen. The team announced that they have released wide receiver Anthony Armstrong, a move that cleared $630,000 from the payroll than can now be applied to Allen’s deal.

There may be more moves coming for the Cowboys, who have also visited with guard Brandon Moore recently. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that tackle Doug Free is expected to restructure his contract. That move (or Free’s outright release) has been expected for a while since Free is set to count $10.02 million against the cap with a base salary of $7 million a year after his right tackle job turned into a time share with Jermey Parnell.

We’ll see if Free winds up restructuring — pushing today’s cap problems into an upcoming year — or if it’s just a pay cut that allows him to stay on the roster, but the Cowboys would get some much needed cash either way. If they can reach agreements on new long-term deals for Tony Romo and Anthony Spencer, the Cowboys would have even more cap space at their disposal. For now, though, they’ve got just as much as they need.

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13 Responses to “Cowboys do more shuffling, make Will Allen deal official”
  1. citizenstrange says: Mar 27, 2013 2:29 PM

    NO! NO! NO!

    If the Steelers finished at 8-8 and were eliminated from playoff contention after 15 games with the #1 defense in the entire NFL what will happen if they slip to #2?

  2. doomsdaydefensetx says: Mar 27, 2013 2:31 PM


  3. blackngold4life says: Mar 27, 2013 2:40 PM

    YEAH..We’ll be drafting a Safety for sure now..I fuse the “Brain trust” thinks #43 wont miss any games..Allen was our only reliable back up.

  4. greymares says: Mar 27, 2013 2:44 PM


  5. doomsdaydefensetx says: Mar 27, 2013 2:46 PM

    @greymares you watch your tongue

  6. trollaikman8 says: Mar 27, 2013 2:47 PM

    Dare I say the Cowboys FA moves (still pending)m with the amount of cash they have, haven’t been all that bad.

    Of course they’ll file for Ch.11 bankruptcy in 2015, but that’s another story.

  7. seaeagle707 says: Mar 27, 2013 2:59 PM

    Long term deal for Romo? Dallas fans know what that means. December chokes until doomsday.

  8. originalsteelcurtain says: Mar 27, 2013 3:00 PM

    Somehow, Will Allen was behind the horrible Ryan Mundy as the back-up to oft-injured Troy Polamalu.

    When stillernation got tired of seeing Mundy get burned repeatedly, Allen got his chance and played very well.

    Nice signing Cowboys…the G-Men got the terd.

  9. thraiderskin says: Mar 27, 2013 3:22 PM

    He’ll be a rotational guy, part of a defensive package. Some of you people are just on here to hate, Allen is no stud, but he can pull the wagon just fine.

  10. CP says: Mar 27, 2013 4:33 PM

    Wow, where’d all the Romo love come from?? Oh wait, the rest of the division comments on this website, too… sorry.

  11. divious24 says: Mar 27, 2013 4:34 PM

    Real cowboy fan n both players Durante n Allen were reliable players that we greatly need I’m finally seeing a chance of 9-7 season but a improvement amongst the talent n pay, keep up the smart choices (please)

  12. purplekoolaid1 says: Mar 27, 2013 4:57 PM

    Who would’ve thought that the Cowboys being with their backs up against the salary cap wall actually got them making good decisions. Well done with these signings.

  13. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 28, 2013 9:35 PM

    Jerry is out of control IMO. It’s one thing to restructure some contracts in order to sign a top FA that can get you to a championship. But another thing to restructure so you can sign career backups ike these guys.

    I think one day some of these cowboy players who restructured will regret it. Later when the higher rate of pay comes due, Jerry will cut them after they played at the lower rate.

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