Originally written on Fox Sports Southwest  |  Last updated 5/16/13

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 06: (L-R) Roy Williams #11, Marion Barber #24 and Doug Free #68 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrate after Williams scored a 5-yard touchdown reception in the third quarter against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on December 6, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Chris Chambers/Getty Images)
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 strugg...
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