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Report: Cowboys $6 Million Over Cap After Franchising Spencer

Dallas placed the franchise tag on Anthony Spencer this week

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    One of the reasons the Dallas Cowboys want to work out an extension for quarterback Tony Romo is that they need to work under the salary cap--and a new deal for the franchise quarterback could help them accomplish this in the second and final year of a two-year cap hit imposed by the league.

    But according to a source in contact with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the team doesn’t believe re-working Romo is totally necessary to get under the cap.

    As it stands, the Cowboys are around $6 million over. They had maneuvered under the cap by restructuring a series of veteran contracts last week, but when they gave Anthony Spencer the franchise tag, they shot back above the league-set mark of $123 million.

    According to the report, Dallas plans on getting back out of the red by continuing with what they were doing before the Spencer deal--Jay Ratliff, Mackenzy Bernadeau, Nate Livings and Orlando Scandrick have already agreed to have their deals restructured, and linebacker Dan Connor is likely to receive a new, more cap-friendly deal in the coming week.

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