Carr, Witten and others join Cowboys restructuring parade


DeMarcus Ware was the first Cowboy to restructure his contract to help the team gain cap space for the 2013 season and he’s getting plenty of company.

Nick Eatman of the team’s website reports that tight end Jason Witten and guards Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau have all agreed to restructure their deals as well. In addition, Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that cornerback Brandon Carr has also restructured the five-year, $50.1 million deal he signed with the team before last season.

Carr had a fully guaranteed $14.3 million salary coming his way in 2013 so the restructure is far from a surprise. In fact, Hill reports that it was built into the initial deal and Thursday’s move will save the team $10.5 million under the cap.

Todd Archer of reports that the Witten and Livings moves will save the team about $4.3 million under the cap. Put all of that together with the $4 million saved by restructuring Ware and the Cowboys have pared almost $19 million (not counting the Bernadeau savings) from the cap in the last couple of days.

That’s not enough for them to get where they need to be, however. Archer reports defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and cornerback Orlando Scandrick are also on the list of moves the Cowboys would like to make. Along with the previously reported request that linebacker Dan Connor take a pay cut if he wants to remain in Dallas, there’s a lot of moving parts in Dallas right now.

28 responses to “Carr, Witten and others join Cowboys restructuring parade

  1. Don’t all these teams that are restructuring by converting salary to bonus w/o extension know they are screwing their future cap situation big time.

  2. Restructure the guys listed Ratliff, Scandrick, Connor, and Free and you have enough to sign your draft picks.

    Put the ball in Romo’s court. If you want to be players in FA (OL), work with us on restructuring or do some leg exercises this offseason so you can continue to run for your life.

  3. The worst part is, when these guys get to the end of their contract and that’s the year when they’re gonna be making the most money, these teams will most likely just cut them. The players help out the franchise, but the franchise will just screw them over in the end.

  4. Another team with the Restructuring bug!? never thought the Cowboys would be in that situation..Learn from the Steelers..once you do it you gotta keep doin it till all those players are gone..

  5. This restructuring bonanza is getting ridiculous. Look at Carr’s case, restructuring after ONE season under his current contract.

  6. adadfff says:
    Feb 28, 2013 2:02 PM
    Don’t all these teams that are restructuring by converting salary to bonus w/o extension know they are screwing their future cap situation big time.
    True. When you convert current $ into signing bonus, you balloon the cap charge for the future. Credit card bills do come due.

  7. Yeah, because no other team in the NFL is doing this very same thing. None, I mean it none. Go look it up. I just googled it and no other team is restructuing except the Dallas Cowboys.

  8. So many ignorant people. The players are making the same amount of money this year as they would have been under the old contracts and they all know that the last couple years on the contracts will either be re-structure in the future or they will be cut or retire prior to them coming due. The players are basically year to year employees in a sense but that is why they give them signing bonuses at the beginning of the contract, that is their security. The players aren’t getting screwed on the last years of their contracts because they all know that is the way they are designed and that they were taken care of on the front end with a signing bonus. And every team that attempts to be competitive EVERY year does this, it’s only the cheap owners that don’t. It’s a simple reality of having a cap that goes up on a regular basis, you structure contracts this year based on what you think the cap will be in future years.

  9. Don’t all these teams that are restructuring by converting salary to bonus w/o extension know they are screwing their future cap situation big time.

    Maybe, but remember the Cowboys have a penalty to the cap this year of $5M roughly. Next year with the penalty “paid” off, and the increased cap, thier number next year is should be about $7M more relative to this year, so pushing pro-rated portions on some of these short deals isnt really that detrimental.

  10. Smart money moves for the rich, can always unload a player when their cap figure gets too high, especially when they already have the language written into the initial contract.

  11. As much as hate to say it, Jason Witten is probably the only Cowboy who is underpaid. Dude is a straight baller.

  12. They are stuck doing this, problem is prorating these $$ to the future only works when there’s gonna be a big increase in the cap. That doesn’t appear likely at this point. They are gonna have to function like the Steelers of last season & cut a ton of veterans and still have a lot of dead cap $$

  13. They are not in the same situation as the Steelers last year. They don’t HAVE TO cut veterans. The ones they do cut will be performance/age (Free, Spears, Connor)related or due to off-field issues (Ratliff). They have already gotten down to the cap WITHOUT getting Romo’s new deal worked out and that one alone can save 10-12 million dollars. This is not the same as the cap problems they faced in the late 90’s where they had to let Russell Maryland, Tony Cassilas, and a slew of linebackers go because they could not fit them under the cap. The last few years, the cuts have all been related to performance and age.

  14. Ah, I meant that next year or 2015 they are going to have to do what the Steelers did last season, don’t see any other scenario unfolding.

  15. Even if they cut them in a year or 2 all the signing bonus money immediately counts against the cap that year. Hopefully all these teams doing this account for that dead money against their cap. Although I heard on NFL radio that the cap could be over $130 million in a couple years so it might not even be an issue.

  16. Some of you commenting don’t really understand how restructuring works. By turning a portion into a signing bonus makes that amount guaranteed and that said amount is evenly distributed over the remainder of the contract. Cutting a player does not eliminate the amount. Matter of fact it would make all the amount due when they cut him loose. All that is happening is just diverting the current cap problem to later years but it is still owed. Teams that are restructuring are not working magic with the cap its quite the opposite. They are scrambling to dig themselves out of poor cap management.

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