By K.D. Drummond
The purge has begun. According to Field Yates, the Cowboys have released defensive end Benson Mayowa.
The Cowboys began the day with just under $500,000 in projected cap space after placing the franchise tag on DeMarcus Lawrence. Releasing Mayowa will removes $2.75 million from their salary cap initially.
Because the Cowboys have more than 51 players signed to their roster, a new player will fill in Mayowa’s void at the league minimum level of $480,000.
The total savings to the salary cap will be $2.27 million
Mayowa was signed as a restricted free agent from Oakland on a three-year, $8.25 million deal. He led Dallas in sacks with six in 2016, but only recorded one in 2017.
Dallas also released defensive lineman Joe Vellano. Vellano was scheduled to make $705,000 in 2018. As he will also be replaced by a new member of the Top 51, making $480,000, the savings from this move total $225,000.
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Between the two moves, Dallas has saved just under $2.5 million on the 2018 salary cap. They now have just under $3 million in cap space with more moves to...