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.