Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo restructures contract to give team more salary cap room

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo flashes a thumbs-up as he walks off the field after the Cowboys defeated the Washington Redsksins 24-23 in an NFL football game in Landover, Md., Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The Dallas Cowboys need salary cap space. NFL free agency will begin on March 11. Time to start restructuring deals.

Paging Tony Romo.

Dallas turned to Romo for salary cap help, and the quarterback was willing to oblige, according to

The Cowboys will reportedly rework Romo’s contract and create $10 million in salary cap space. Dallas will convert $12.5 of Romo’s $13.5 million base salary into a signing bonus, which would reduce is his salary cap figure from $21.773 million to $11.773 million.

Romo signed a six-year contract extension last year worth $108 million that included $55 million in guaranteed money.

In addition, the Cowboys will restructure the contracts of linebacker Sean Lee and Orlando Scandrick on Tuesday, which will create $6.8 million in salary cap room.

Overall, the restructured deals creates $16.8 million of room, which leaves the Cowboys less than $1 million under the salary cap. Dallas could create more salary cap space with the possible release of defensive end DeMarcus Ware and receiver Miles Austin.

Romo had surgery late last year to relieve the pressure of a herniated disk, but that injury is not expected to hinder him during the 2014 season. Last year, Romo had 3,828 yards, 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.

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