Originally posted on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 5/16/13
IRVING, Texas Doug Free moved briskly on Wednesday at Valley Ranch, shifting from the weight room in the morning to the front office in the noon hour to back in the Dallas Cowboys good graces when in the early afternoon he accepted the clubs offer to cut his salary in half. As first reported by FoxSports Southwest, the beleaguered right tackle Free agreed to a reduced two-year contract that guarantees him 3.5 million for 2013 and has a similar (but unguaranteed) salary in 2014. This is an escape from Cap Hell for the Cowboys, who were once on the hook to pay Free 7 million for 2013 as part of a four-year, 32-million contract he signed in 2011. Had Dallas cut Free, it wouldve taken a cap hit of approximately 4.5 million for each of the next two years and wouldve had to hire a replacement like free agent Eric Winston at an additional cost. Two years ago, Free showed the promise that earned him the big contract while playing left tackle. He was at right tackle last year and struggled so much that for the final month of the season he split snaps with prospect Jermey Parnell. The move which may free up 3.5 million under the cap this year as the Cowboys turn their focus to an extension for linebacker Sean Lee came to a head this week in anticipation of next Tuesdays start of OTAs. The Cowboys had no intention of leaving the 7 million price tag unchanged, for in the event of a Free injury, the club would be on the hook for that number. Instead, Free made the move through the teams headquarters, taking care of football business, then taking care of financial business and now needing to pull his 3.5 million worth of weight.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Chargers need to draft a young QB according to head coach Anthony Lynn

Seahawks GM stomps Marshawn Lynch rumors

Mel Kiper: Joe Mixon is most talented RB in draft

Gonzaga's Jordan Mathews long road back to the desert

Lonzo Ball on Markelle Fultz: ‘I’m better than him’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Harden: Playing every game should count in MVP discussion

Texans owner: We didn’t know Brock Osweiler well enough

Report: NFL approves automatic ejections for egregious hits to players' heads

Video seems to show Teddy Bridgewater dropping back, passing

Cavallari shares photo of Cutler in birthday suit on Instagram

Lionel Messi’s suspension puts Argentina in danger of missing World Cup

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Box Score 3/28: Wilt's last game

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The 28 craziest ballpark foods for the 2017 season

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Box Score 3/24: Waiting on West Virginia

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The 'Are you mentally prepared for 'One Shining Moment'?' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: Serge Ibaka can't connect

Can the Padres' Christian Bethancourt really succeed at pitcher and catcher?

The Raiders will forever belong to Oakland

Best, worst and hard to stomach MLB offseason moves

The Rewind: George Mason's improbable run to the Final Four

Baseball movies you can stream now to hold you over until Opening Day

Best of Yardbarker: Did Team USA's victory save the World Baseball Classic?

Breaking down the Naismith Award race

Eat, Drink, Watch: Weekends are for upsets

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker