Cowboys restructure contracts of Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick to create cap space

FRISCO, Texas - Whenever the 2017 salary cap is finalized, the Dallas Cowboys don't have to worry about getting under the allowed amount. As had been noted many times on these pages and others, the contracts of offensive linemen Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick lent themselves to restructuring.

The days of an National Football League offseason are comprised majorly of a lot of dollars and cents, and a lot of them are more readily available for the 2017 Dallas Cowboys after restructuring the contracts of Left Tackle Tyron Smith and Center Travis Frederick. According to the report, the Cowboys converted nearly $21 million of the $24 million that was headed Tyron and Travis' way into signing bonuses to alleviate some much-needed cap space. In doing so, the Cowboys will now be forced to pay Smith $10 million next season while Frederick will earn a $14.2 million salary.

And just like that, Dallas is under the cap. The proposed cap for this season is $168 million, but that has yet to be exactly confirmed. This is the third straight year they have restructured Smith's contract. The Cowboys signed Frederick to an eight-year deal last August with the expressed desire for it to be restructured.

Smith has been named to the Pro Bowl the past four years, and Frederick has been named the past three.

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