The Dallas Cowboys on Thursday restructured tight end Jason Witten’s contract according to ESPN’s Todd Archer, a move made to create cap space.
Cowboys restructure Jason Witten's contract, create cap space https://t.co/KGXFagSiXK
— Todd Archer (@toddarcher) September 8, 2016
Witten, in his 14th season in the NFL, was due $6.5 million in salary in 2016. Dallas turned $5.5 million of that amount into a signing bonus, a move that created “an early $3 million in cap space but also gives Witten a cap number of more than $12 million next year,” according to an article on NFL.com.
Archer says the move created $2.75 million in cap space.
Witten, 34, has been quarterback Tony Romo’s favorite target for some time. Last year he caught 77 passes for 713 yards with3 touchdowns and was targeted on 104 occasions. He’s spent his entire career with the Cowboys and in, 2012 he broke the NFL season record for catches by a tight end.
Dallas also restructured the contracts of linebacker Sean Lee and cornerback Orlando Scandrick last week.