Not saying any of these will happen. Well, some will-- you can bet on Romo and Ware restructures. But did you know our o-line could save us almost as much or even more?
Rise of the Yuglies:
If both Livings and Bernadeau can be cut this year, we eat a couple million in cap space immediately (which we can afford) but save almost $8.2m next year (which is almost as much space as we gain by restructuring Romo).
Furthermore, if we are ok with Kowalski(or Arkin) as back ups at C and we can let Costa go, we gain $0.5m this year and $1.7m next year. We might even be able to trade Costa for a late draft pick.
So, all told, if we have enough development to roll with Leary, Frederick, Arkin, Kowalski, Costa at interior line this year and draft one more next year, we could save close to $10m on the 2014 cap.
Signing one of these former first round WKGs to a one year, prove-it contract may seem like a bad idea, but if they could beat out Orton and we release him this year, we save $4.4m off of next year's cap, minus whatever we spend to extend them if they make the team.
Push it on down:
Restructure is the least effective way to deal with this, but the fact that Romo's contract has two years with no pro-rated bonus indicates that we intend to restructure him the next two years. One restructure shouldn't be too hard to deal with and saves us about $10m in 2014.
Ware, on the other hand is actually ripe for restructure as restructure of his 2014 contract still leaves us in a position to *gain* salary cap by cutting him in 2015. Restructuring Ware in 2014 is a no brainer, unless he's simply incapable of playing further. If Ware plays in 2014, it will be for the cowboys with a newly restructured contract saving us about $8.2m