Cowboys want to cut Free's pay

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Right tackle Doug Free is too expensive for the Dallas Cowboys in 2013, when his salary cap figure is more than $10 million, and the team would like him to take a pay cut.
As a possible leverage play, the Cowboys could continue their pursuit of unrestricted free agent Eric Winston. Winston started for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2012 but was released.
Free signed a four-year, $32 million contract in 2011. The Cowboys elevated their initial offer to trump interest from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who made a similar offer.
The deal is backloaded, and carries a more than 100 percent increase in Free's cap figure from 2012 ($4.25 million). He has allowed 16 total sacks in the past two seasons and was the most-penalized starting offensive tackle in the NFL last season according to STATS.