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Dallas Cowboys under salary cap after releasing Phil Costa

The Dallas Cowboys made two moves on March 7 to get under the salary cap and now they are preparing for one more move to get in position to take a run at free agents. According to ESPN, Dallas released former center Phil Costa and reworked the contract of guard Mackenzy Bernadeau.

Dallas Cowboys under salary cap after releasing Phil Costa
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The move with Costa was necessary after he refused to take a pay cut to stay with the Dallas Cowboys. This hasn’t been a great year for Costa, who lost his starting job to rookie Travis Frederick and then had his engagement with Hulk Hogan’s daughter Brooke get called off as well. Now, he is an unemployed free agent.

Releasing Costa saves Dallas $1.5 million, which put them under the salary cap after starting the offseason over $20 million over the salary cap. The Cowboys released four other minor reserves and then restructured the contracts of Tony Romo, Sean Lee and Orlando Scandrick.

The second move was reworking Mackenzt Bernadeau’s contract. He started 10 games for Dallas in 2013 in his second year of a four year $11 million deal.

Now, the next step is to convince DeMarcus Ware to take a major pay cut. He has been injured for much of the last two seasons and doesn’t seem to be worth the $12 million he is owed by Dallas. If he doesn’t agree, Dallas will have to cut him to save $7.4 million. That could help them re-sign Jason Hatcher and Anthony Spencer.