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Cowboys' Austin, Cook restructure contracts

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The Dallas Cowboys have restructured the contracts of five players, including wide receiver Miles Austin and center Ryan Cook, the team announced Thursday.

The team also announced it had earlier restructured the contracts of cornerback Brandon Carr, linebacker DeMarcus Ware, tight end Jason Witten. The movers allowed the Cowboys to get under the NFL salary cap before the league year starts March 12.

Austin reportedly moved some of his $6.732 million base salary to a signing bonus over the three years left on his contract, keeping him from taking a pay cut.

No other alterations in contracts were announced.

ProFootballTalk.com reported Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, guards Mackenzy Bernadeau and Nate Livings, defensive tackle Jay Ratliff and cornerback Orlando Scandrick are future candidates for restructuring their deals.

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