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Report: Cowboys $31 million over 2014 NFL salary cap

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

Jerry Jones is the general manager of a team that reportedly is $36 million over the cap in 2014. (USATSI)
Jerry Jones is the general manager of a team that reportedly is $36 million over the cap in 2014. (USATSI)

After the lockout in the 2011 offseason was complete, the NFL fined the Cowboys $10 million off their salary cap for the way they spent money in 2010. Seems as though Dallas is still struggling to get its salary cap under control.

According to ESPN, the Cowboys are already $31 million over the 2014 salary cap, and one NFL executive called the whole scenario a "train wreck."

Not helping matters last week was the Cowboys release of Jay Ratliff, mostly because he will cost about $7 million of dead money against next year's cap.

As notes, the biggest cap numbers for 2013 are Tony Romo ($21.7 million), defensive end DeMarcus Ware ($16 million) and cornerback Brandon Carr ($12.2 million).

Making matters even worse? The recent contract extensions given to Romo, linebacker Sean Lee and tight end Jason Witten. Obviously, we're still a long way from 2014, and the fact the team is tens of millions of dollars over the cap shouldn't have much of an effect on this year's squad. But expect plenty of cap casualties and revamped contracts between now and next season.

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