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Cowboys keep restructuring contracts, it’s Jason Witten’s turn now

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03:  Jason Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys sits on the bench late in the fourth quarter as the Washington Redskins beat the Dallas Cowboys 34-23 at AT&T Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Cowboys continue to play kick-the-can with contracts, pushing cap money into the future for short term relief.

Via Todd Archer of ESPN.com, veteran tight end Jason Witten is the third one in the last week, shuffling some base salary into signing bonus to create $2.75 million in cap space now.

It doesn’t change the amount of money going into Witten’s pocket, with $5.5 million of his $6.5 million salary turned into a bonus. He’s signed through the 2017 season, when he’s scheduled to make $7.4 million.

They’ve also restructured deals for cornerback Orlando Scandrick and linebacker Sean Lee in the last week, after re-doing the deals of left tackle Tyron Smith and defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford¬†earlier this offseason.

It could eventually become a burden, but with the salary cap rising precipitously each season, it’s a chance they’re willing to take.

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19 Responses to “Cowboys keep restructuring contracts, it’s Jason Witten’s turn now”
  1. gojags says: Sep 8, 2016 12:13 PM

    I wonder whebn the cowboys will fire the GMs contract.

  2. eazeback says: Sep 8, 2016 12:14 PM

    we shall stay in cap purgatory

  3. wttoolman says: Sep 8, 2016 12:32 PM

    Why is this only news when the Cowboys do it??

  4. CP says: Sep 8, 2016 12:32 PM

    If Romo ends up having to retire in the near future, for instance if injuries force him to retire after this season, the restructuring that could happen next year will resemble GM in 2009…

  5. mataug says: Sep 8, 2016 12:41 PM

    I thought cap space could be transferred to future seasons also, so they will carry some space into 2017 & beyond right ?

  6. mattbilleauthor says: Sep 8, 2016 12:44 PM

    Cowboys seem to be doing what they have to do. They have a lot of veterans who are critical cogs in any plausible attempt to climb back into the playoffs. A couple of the expensive corners need to be replaced, but they didn’t get it done this year and have to play with what they have until next April, when I wouldn’t be surprised to see DBs as the first two picks. They are juggling the salary cap much closer to the line than they would like, but for this year it’s all they can do.

  7. joetoronto says: Sep 8, 2016 12:46 PM

    The Raiders used to do this every year under Al Davis, eventually you realize that you’re not going to get where you want to go without blowing it up and starting over.

  8. thetroofishere says: Sep 8, 2016 12:48 PM

    You all do understand that every teams does this right?

  9. Bill Marsh says: Sep 8, 2016 1:01 PM

    It’s only ‘kicking the can down the road’ & implied to be bad when Dallas does it. When Denver does it, it’s described as ‘smart football’.

    In the case of Sean Lee the resturcturing of his contract had nothing to do with ‘short term cap relief’ (which Dallas doesn’t need n any case). It was done to give him a shot at recouping the $2.5 mil bonus he just missed out on in 2015 due to not playing in the last game. In fact it adds money to the Cowboys cap this season as a ‘likely to be earned’ bonus.

  10. wrossi81 says: Sep 8, 2016 1:23 PM

    “Why is this only news when the Cowboys do it??”

    ProFootballTalk has a story for virtually every transaction in the NFL. If the Titans extend a player, they’ll put it up here, you just won’t read it. But that’s why people follow this site, so we can track every blip that happens in the NFL.

  11. dallasdoesntdoitright says: Sep 8, 2016 1:28 PM

    Likely to be earned? When has Lee played a full season? Its Jerrah doing all he can to stay under the cap this year, and forsaking the future. Their front office has the worst budgetary management in business let alone in the NFL. If only Jerrah could manage a budget then all teams would be in trouble. Thank goodness he and his son have no idea what they are doing and prove it every single year to the world.

  12. manureman says: Sep 8, 2016 1:33 PM

    You boys looking to go 8 & 8 forever?

  13. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 8, 2016 1:43 PM

    bill marsh: you say it isn’t necessary. then why are they paying money out in advance that they would otherwise be paying out as due? seems that would cost them money….

    my guess is they have in mind what is going to be done with the space they are creating.

  14. dirtydrynn27 says: Sep 8, 2016 2:04 PM

    Dallas you will not win much without a defense!!!!! Bank on it!!!!!!!

  15. dallasdoesntdoitright says: Sep 8, 2016 2:32 PM

    Literally rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic.

  16. hendawg21 says: Sep 8, 2016 3:15 PM

    A train wreck waiting to happen, eventually what you end up with is dead money going to guys who are no longer members of the team, like Romo, I think Witten is near the end of the road and to still owe them money once their gone is crazy…accept it for what it is and cut your losses now.

  17. professorpigskin46 says: Sep 8, 2016 4:21 PM

    Jerry Jones is restructuring contracts for the team leaders of the Cowboys.

    Some of the base salary has been transferred to bail money, which is not covered by the salary cap.

  18. cosmicredneck81 says: Sep 8, 2016 4:28 PM

    Yea Jerry Jones doesn’t know how to balance a budget right. He’s the owner of the most valuable and profitable sports franchise in all the world. I’m sure the man knows a thing or two about business bookkeeping. You mongoloids couldn’t balance my checkbook let alone his. Jealousy breeds ignorance and y’all prove it everyday

  19. CP says: Sep 8, 2016 10:27 PM

    They have to and it’s smart of Jerry (yeah that feels weird to type) to restructure some of these smaller salaries. They restructured Romo’s 100 million three times, and right now they are taking the biggest cap hit from it yet. A little over 20 million.

    If they can take that hit, then IF anything bad happens and they don’t have Romo next year, they’ll be ok. His dead money next year will ONLY be 19 million. Not great, but survivable.

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