By K.D. Drummond
The Dallas Cowboys were virtually out of cap space just 24 hours ago.
After a small league adjustment to the salary cap space of almost every team — likely due to final calculations of likely-to-be-earned and not-likely-to-be-earned incentives — the Cowboys got a minor ceiling raise, up $218,553 to $185,293,327.
Meanwhile, DeMarcus Lawrence getting tagged and signing his tender quickly added $17,143,000 to their total for now 57 players under contract (only the Top 51 count towards the offseason cap calculation). That brought the Cowboys Top 51 cap commitment to $184, 826,689.
For those keeping score at home, that means they had just $466,638 in cap space to start Wednesday. Not ideal.
Dallas released two defensive linemen later on Wednesday, Benson Mayowa and Joe Vellano. Their salaries totaled $3.455 million together. They were replaced in the Top 51 by two players whose cap hits totaled $960,000. Therefore Dallas added $2.495 million of cap space with the moves, bringing their total cap space to $2,961,638.
Still with us? We’ll just round that off to $3 million now that we’ve shown the math. That’s hardly enough to venture into free agency with, and that starts March 14. Dallas will need to make additional moves to create more cap space. Fortunately, they have the ability to create moves using both methods, releasing overpaid players and restructuring...