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March 11, 2013

Cowboys clear cap room by cutting Dan Connor, restructuring Jay Ratliff and two others

The Cowboys cleared roughly $6.8 million in cap room on Monday by relaseasing linebacker Dan Connor and restructuring the contracts of nose tackle Jay Ratliff, cornerback Orlando Scandrick and guard Mackenzy Bernadeau.

The Cowboys need to clear the room so they could get under the 2013 salary cap of $123 million by Tuesday at 3 p.m. According to a source, the mission was accomplished with the flurry of moves Monday.

The release of Connor and his $3 million base salary was the biggest chunk.

The team had talked to Connor about taking a pay cut to reduce his salary before deciding to delete him from the roster completely.

Ratliff had $3.66 million in base salary converted to a signing bonus, saving the Cowboys $2.93 million against the cap.

Scandrick and Bernadeau also had base salary converted to signing bonus to reduce their cap hits for 2013.

The group joins linebacker DeMarcus Ware, tight end Jason Witten, receiver Miles Austin, center Ryan Cook and cornerback Brandon Carr in restructuring their contracts to help the Cowboys clear cap room.

Connor is the second veteran released for cap purposes, joining safety Gerald Sensabaugh.

— Clarence Hill



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