Dallas Cowboys guard Mackenzy Bernadeau (73) in action against the Minnesota Vikings at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Cowboys Release Phil Costa, Get Under Cap

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

The Cowboys are finally under the salary cup. The team reworked Mackenzy Bernadeau‘s contract and cut ties with Phil Costa to do so. Earlier this offseason, Sean Lee, Tony Romo and Orlando Scandrick all restructured their contracts to help the franchise save $16 million in cap space. After all these moves, the Cowboys are now $2 million under the cap.

More than likely, the release of Costa won’t be too crucial considering he has only played a total of 16 games in the past two seasons. In 2011, he played all 16 games as the team’s starting center. But in 2013, rookie Travis Frederick filled the spot nicely and he will continue to play the position in the future as well.

If the Cowboys are to bring in any big names, $2 million obviously won’t be enough room under the cap so their work is far from over. DeMarcus Ware has made it clear that he doesn’t want to take a pay cut. If the front office decides against re-working Ware’s contract, it will cost $16 million against the cap. If they were to release him, they could save nearly $7.5 million. I personally hope the Cowboys find a way to keep Ware on board. Also it looks like Miles Austin has more than likely played his last game in a Cowboys uniform.

With free agency and the draft quickly approaching, it’ll be interesting to see who the club brings in and who they get rid of. There are several quarterbacks entering the draft, and one question floating around is whether or not the Cowboys will pull the trigger on a young gunslinger to hold a clipboard for a few years while learning behind Tony Romo before eventually taking the torch from him.

Tags: Dallas Cowboys Demarcus Ware Mackenzy Bernadeau Phil Costa

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