The Dallas Cowboys had to make some tough moves this offseason in order to try and get under the cap, though they did hurt themselves a bit by deciding to give Tony Romo is huge extension. Then again, it was a necessary evil. But the Cowboys will have a similar kind of offseason in 2014, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweets that the Cowboys are set to put themselves $31 million over the salary cap next season. It almost goes without saying that it would be the highest in the league, and they are going to have to do some hard work and creative management in order to whittle things down.
Looking at the Cowboys contracts, they have a few notable expiring contracts in Anthony Spencer (he’ll be cheaper to re-sign off of the franchise now that he suffered a season-ending injury), rising DT Jason Hatcher, C Ryan Cook, rising DE George Selvie, Drake Nevis, and Ernie Sims. Their kicker and punter are set to be restricted free agents.
The Cowboys have a few giant contracts looking at this season’s cap totals. Tony Romo is making over $17 million, DeMarcus Ware eanrs about $11.1 million, both Miles Austin and Jason Witten make over $7 million each, Brandon Carr earns $10 million, $7 million is on the books for top LB Sean Lee, CBs Orlando Scandrick and Morris Claiborne pick up a clean $4 million each, and Anthony Spencer is on the books for over $10 million with the franchise tag.