Source: Cowboys want Dan Connor to take pay cut

February, 27, 2013
2/27/13
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According to a source, the Dallas Cowboys asked backup linebacker Dan Connor to take a pay cut.

Connor is scheduled to make $3 million in base salary and he counts $4.3 million against the salary cap. The Cowboys are roughly $20 million over the salary cap and are in the process of reducing cap numbers of several players.

If Connor refuses to take a pay cut, he could be released. The Cowboys value Connor's ability to play linebacker in a 4-3 scheme and would like to keep him because of his experience in that alignment.

According to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter, the Cowboys restructured the contact of defensive end DeMarcus Ware. The Cowboys will convert $5 million of Ware's $5.5 million base salary into a signing bonus, saving $4 million against the salary cap.

The Cowboys have also approached the agents of tight end Jason Witten, nose tackle Jay Ratliff and cornerback Orlando Scandrick about restructuring their contracts. Scandrick is scheduled to make $2 million in base salary and counts $3.78 million against the salary cap. Ratliff, who will make a base salary of $5 million, has a cap number of $7 million.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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