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More than half of Cowboys’ starters signed for next season

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is perhaps the starter whose free-agent status will draw the most concern.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant is perhaps the starter whose free-agent status will draw the most concern. Star-Telegram

The Dallas Cowboys begin the off-season with 13 of 22 starters signed for next season. (That doesn’t count Sean Lee, who should return to the starting lineup after missing the season with a knee injury.) They have $130.2 million committed to the 2015 salary cap, including $10.9 million in “dead money” for 31 former Cowboys players, including Kyle Orton and Miles Austin. The 2015 cap is projected to be in the $140 million range, though Jerry Jones said it could go as high as $146 million. And the Cowboys should roll over more than $4 million.

Cowboys’ offensive starters

Pos.

Player

Age

Contract status

Base salary in 2014

WR

Dez Bryant

26

Unrestricted free agent

$1.78 million

LT

Tyron Smith

24

Signed through 2023

$1.08 million

LG

Ron Leary

25

Restricted free agent

$495,000

C

Travis Frederick

23

Signed through 2016

$717,274

RG

Zack Martin

24

Signed through 2017

$420,000

RT

Doug Free

30

Unrestricted free agent

$3.5 million

TE

Jason Witten

32

Signed through 2017

$5 million

WR

Terrance Williams

25

Signed through 2016

$520,000

QB

Tony Romo

34

Signed through 2019

$1 million

RB

DeMarco Murray

26

Unrestricted free agent

$1.41 million

FB

Tyler Clutts

30

Unrestricted free agent

$645,000

Defensive starters

Pos.

Player

Age

Contract status

Base salary in 2014

DE

George Selvie

27

Unrestricted free agent

$730,000

NT

Nick Hayden

28

Unrestricted free agent

$730,000

DT

Tyrone Crawford

25

Signed through 2015

$580,000

DE

Jeremy Mincey

31

Signed through 2015

$1 million

SLB

Bruce Carter

26

Unrestricted free agent

$986,991

MLB

Rolando McClain

25

Unrestricted free agent

$700,000

WLB

Anthony Hitchens

22

Signed through 2017

$420,000

LCB

Brandon Carr

28

Signed through 2016

$7.5 million

RCB

Orlando Scandrick

27

Signed through 2018

$661,764

FS

Barry Church

26

Signed through 2016

$1.5 million

SS

J.J. Wilcox

23

Signed through 2016

$505,000

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