Originally posted on NFL Trade Rumors  |  Last updated 3/10/13
Calvin Watkins of ESPN Dallas reports that the Cowboys are currently sitting $6.8 million over the salary cap. Dallas will have until Tuesday to get their cap situation in order, which means moves will be made in the near future. According to Watkins, the Cowboys have a few options to consider. 1 . They could release LB Dan Connor or possibly even ask him to take a pay cut.  Conner, 27, signed a two-year deal worth $6.5 million with the Cowboys last offseason. He has a $3 million base salary for 2013 and the move to 4-3 defense makes him expendable. 2. Re-sign QB Tony Romo to a contract extension. Romo, 32, is in the final year of his contract and counts $16.8 million against the team’s salary cap. They have already said publicly that Romo remains a part of their long-term plans, but there doesn’t appear to be a lot of movement towards a new agreement. 3. Restructure player contracts Watkins lists: Mackenzy Bernadeau, Kyle Orton, Nate Livings, Orlando Scandrick and Jay Ratliff as candidates to restructure their contracts. Dan Graziano writes that it “doesn’t make too much sense” for the Cowboys to still have Ratliff still on their roster. Ratliff, 31, still has four years remaining on his contract with at least $5 million in base salary in each of these seasons. The problem with releasing Ratliff is not only would they have to find a replacement for him at some point, but it would still only amount $1 million in cap relief. Addressing Romo’s contract makes the most sense, but his representatives are expected to be targeting as much as $40 million plus in guaranteed money for his next contract. The post Potential Roster Moves That Could Get Dallas Under The Salary Cap appeared first on NFL Trade Rumors -.
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