According to the figures Calvin Watkins of ESPN cited, the Dallas Cowboys' top 10 player salary-cap hits total $89.6 million, with QB Tony Romo leading the way at $16.8 million.
With the 2013 salary cap scheduled to be about $121 million, the team looks to be roughly $20 million over as it stands right now.
So the Cowboys are tasked with reduced those cap hits, and it all starts the team giving Romo an extension to free up some money to sign free agents.
Or they could stand pat on Romo, and suffer the consequences of not being able to bring in some key free agents.
Per Watkins: " Brandon Carr has the second-highest cap hit at $16.3 million, and it's in his contract that his deal will be restructured. DeMarcus Ware ($11.3 million) has the third-highest cap number, and his deal also could be reworked.
The Cowboys have two interesting decisions to make with RT Doug Free ($10.02 million) and NT Jay Ratliff ($7 million). Free and Ratliff could become cap casualties, but it will also be interesting if both players return at reduced salaries. "
The Cowboys indeed have some decisions to make going forward, it could end up with a few being released.
Top 10 Cowboys in terms of cap numbers, along with their base salaries for 2013 (via ESPN)
1. Tony Romo (cap number $16.8 million, base salary $11.5 million)
2. Brandon Carr (cap number $16.3 million, base salary $14.3 million)
3. DeMarcus Ware (cap number $11.3 million, base salary $5.5 million)
4. Doug Free (cap number $10.2 million, base salary $7 million)
5. Miles Austin (cap number $8.3 million, base salary $6.7 million)
6. Jason Witten (cap number $8 million, base salary $5.5 million)
7. Jay Ratliff (cap number $7 million, base salary $5 million)
8. Dan Connor (cap number $4.3 million, base salary $3 million)
9. Gerald Sensabaugh (cap number $3.8 million, base salary $3 million)
10. Orlando Scandrick (cap nunmber $3.78 million, base salary $2 million)