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Cowboys gain $7.2 million in cap room with restructure of Tyron Smith’s deal

Offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) agreed to restructure his contract to give the Cowboys more cap space.
Offensive tackle Tyron Smith (77) agreed to restructure his contract to give the Cowboys more cap space. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys created even more cap room by restructuring left tackle Tyron Smith’s contract Monday, according to sources.

Smith agreed to lower his 2016 base salary from $10 million to $1 million, accepting the difference in a signing bonus. It cleared $7.2 million in salary-cap room for the Cowboys.

It adds $1.8 million to Smith’s cap figures each of the next four seasons.

The Cowboys gained $4.4 million in cap space last week by reworking defensive tackle Tyrone Crawford’s deal.

They have re-signed six of their own free agents – tackle Charles Brown, cornerback Morris Claiborne, tight end James Hanna, linebacker Kyle Wilber, linebacker Rolando McClain and cornerback Josh Thomas – over the last week. They also added former Philadelphia defensive lineman Cedric Thornton.

The Cowboys had quarterback Matt Moore and cornerback Nolan Carroll visit last week, and defensive end Chris Long is expected to visit this week. They also hope to re-sign a few more of their own free agents, with Jack Crawford and Lance Dunbar among those they would like to have return.

As free agency looms, the owner says there are reasons he may want the controversial defensive end back with Dallas. (Video by Clarence Hill)

Star Telegram columnist Mac Engel celebrates the Dallas Cowboys successful free agency period (video by Mac Engel/Star-Telegram).

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