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Cowboys Rework Jason Witten’s Deal To Create Cap Room For Matt Cassel Trade

Todd Archer of ESPN reports that the Cowboys have restructured the contract of tight end Jason Witten after they traded for QB Matt Cassel.

The Cowboys wound up reducing Witten’s remaining 2015 salary of $4.5 million down to $3.6 million and turned the difference into a signing bonus. Witten’s 2016 and 2017 cap figures will increase by $1.2 million.

According to Archer, Dallas was barely under the cap because of the $5.78 million due to Greg Hardy for 10 game roster bonuses once his suspension ends. Cassel carries a cap figure of $1.76 million for the 2015 season.

This move creates $2.4 million in cap space for the 2015 season.

Witten, 33, has three years remaining on his five-year, $37 million contract that included $19 million guaranteed. He was set to make base salaries of $5.1 million (2015), $6.5 million (2016), and $7.4 million (2017) over the remainder of the agreement before this adjustment.

Over the course of two games, Witten has caught 15 passes for 116 yards receiving and two touchdowns.

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