The Dallas Cowboys wanted to get a new deal done with quarterback Tony Romo because Romo is among the best quarterbacks in franchise history, and the only really good quarterback they’ve had on the roster since Troy Aikman walked away from the game. But the team also had the salary cap in mind.
Romo became the highest-paid player in franchise history on Friday when Dallas gave him a six-year, $108 million extension and, according to ESPN Dallas, the deal freed up $5 million in cap space for the team. Under the old deal, Romo would have counted a little over $16 million against the cap, and now, that number drops to a little over $11 million.
This will allow the Cowboys to make some moves in free agency. They’ve said that they’re not going to be big players, but the team has already agreed to deals with two free agents, linebacker Justin Durant and safety Will Allen. With some cap room, they’ll be able to finalize these deals and begin looking for more help from the free agent pool.
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