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Cowboys, Smith Restructure Deal, Free Up Cap Room

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    The Dallas Cowboys are venturing into the free agency season, which officially begins Tuesday afternoon, and now they have a little bit more money to throw around, perhaps to their own big free agent, DeMarco Murray.

    That's because the team triggered a built-in restructure in their beast of a young left tackle Tyron Smith's contract to free up about $8 million to put toward the salary cap this upcoming 2015 season.

    Smith, of course, was given a long-term deal last year when he signed an eight-year extension worth $109 million with $40 million guaranteed.

    Basically, it's just semantics, but the Cowboys converted a chunk of that guaranteed money into signing bonus money, which doesn't count against the cap.

    The Cowboys are still looking to make a decision at running back, and they're going to have to do it soon as Murray will surely get other nice offers this afternoon.

    They also are looking to upgrade their defense pretty much across the board, but will likely do that primarily through the draft.