Cowboys will try to restructure Tony Romo, Kyle Orton contracts


Dallas needs cap space and will try to get it with their quarterbacks.

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The Dallas Cowboys need to add some pieces in free agency this offseason, but have very little money to make moves.

To help create some cap space, the team wants to restructure the contracts of quarterbacks Tony Romo and Kyle Orton, according to ESPN. Romo was given a massive extension last offseason to the tune of six years and $108 million with over $50 million in guarantees.

Next year, Romo is scheduled to have a cap hit of $21.7 million, something that Jerry Jones is going to change. Romo will still get every penny, but with a restructured deal the Cowboys will save $9.6 against the cap. Even with the cap projected at $126.3 million by multiple sources, Dallas will need to shave about $20 million just to get there.

Romo has the second-highest cap hit of any quarterback in 2014 currently, only behind Jay Cutler. For comparison, Tom Brady's hit is only $14.8 million, 13th in the league. Philip Rivers, comparable to Romo, is at $16.6 next year.

Orton will count $4.37 million against the cap and there is a notion that Dallas will either release him or try to re-work his deal as well. The savings wouldn't be huge, but every dollar counts considering how cash-strapped the Cowboys are.

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