The Cowboys not only found a way to save money under the salary cap by restructuring the contracts of tight end Jason Witten and Orlando Scandrick, but they saved some real cash as well.
Scandrick had $4 million of his $5 million base salary turned into a bonus to create $3 million in cap room. Witten had $5.5 million of his $6.5 million base salary turned into bonus, creating $2.75 million in cap room.
The bonuses were pro-rated over the 16-game game season, so neither player will see a change in their weekly check, per a source.
Both are examples of players doing their part to help the team win as the moves did not benefit them this year or down the road.
Witten, 34, is singularly focused on winning. A favorite target of injured quarterback Tony Romo, the 14-year veteran could find himself being leaned on even more with rookie quarterback Dak Prescott under center.
Witten said he is ready for a bigger load if necessary.
“See these shoulders? Jump on ‘em, baby,” Witten said with a smile.
Scandrick missed all of last season after tearing the MCL and ACL in his right knee in training camp. The Cowboys 2014 defensive MVP is 100 percent healthy again and hoping to earn his first Pro Bowl nod in 2016.