According to Archer, the Cowboys converted $5.5 million of Witten’s $6.5 million base salary into a signing bonus. This move dropped Witten’s 2016 cap figure from $8.612 million to $5.862 million.
Witten, 34, is a former third-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2003. He’s in the fourth year year of his five-year, $37 million contract that included $19 million guaranteed and stands to make base salaries of $6.5 million and $7.4 million over the remainder of the contract.
In 2015, Witten appeared in all 16 games for the Cowboys and caught 77 passes for 713 yards receiving and three touchdowns.