By Matthew Postins
The Dallas Cowboys are under the 2014 salary cap with the release of center Phil Costa late Friday.
Costa’s release, plus the contract restructuring of guard Mackenzy Bernadeau, reportedly have put the Cowboys approximately $2 million under the 2014 salary cap. Due to rollover cap money from 2013 the Cowboys’ adjusted salary cap for 2014 is $134.55 million, according to multiple reports.
Multiple news outlets reported Costa’s release, who lost his job as the starting center for good when the Cowboys drafted Travis Frederick in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft an installed him as the starter almost immediately.
Costa was expected to make $1.5 million in base salary for 2014, all of which comes off the Cowboys’ cap ledger. The Cowboys reportedly asked Costa to take a pay cut but he refused.
For good measure the Cowboys reportedly restructured the deal of starting right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau for the second straight offseason. The details of the restructure are still emerging, but Bernadeau was expected to count $4.074 against the cap before the restructure. ESPNDallas.com reported that Bernadeau is now guaranteed $2 million over the next two years.
There is no movement on the DeMarcus Ware front. The Cowboys could restructure his deal, ask him to take a pay cut or release him. If the Cowboys released Ware they would get back $7.4 million in cap space.