The purpose of this thread is to try and give people a realistic idea of what to expect in the future with cap hits and/or cuts heading into the future of the players that were recently restructured. I don't consider myself a salary cap guru by any means but I do understand the basics. When a player is cut before their guaranteed $$ is payed, not only are they payed that remaining portion of money but the prorated signing bonus of the contract is accelerated (charged all at once) to their salary cap hit for that year. The only exception would be designated June 1st cuts, which a team can use up to 2 players on, and those penalties are split over two league years. My disclaimer - These numbers are figured from using Spotrac. Spotrac is not always right on contracts so these may be off depending on how far off Spotrac is. Once again I'm no expert so if I made a mistake just post a correction. Ryan Cook's contract details have not made it's way to the site so I'll update it as it gets posted or if someone else beats me to it then that is OK. DeMarcus Ware: Cap Hit if kept: 2013 - $8.888417M 2014 - $16.638417M 2015 - $18.138417M Cap Hit if cut: 2013: - $8.888417M 2014: - $8.776834M 2015: - $4.388417M - His contract guarantee was $40M and he's already been paid $37.62975M of that $40M. This year he will reach that guaranteed portion and then some. Despite the '14 and '15 cap hit numbers, Ware's contract can be restructured again and/or it can be extended to spread the cap hit numbers until he retires. At first glance it looks like the Cowboys are in a bad situation those last two years but just like the Patriots did with Tom Brady, the Cowboys can do the same and guarantee his money (~34.7M) while extending him a few more years. Miles Austin: Cap Hit if kept: 2013 - $5.302M 2014 - $8.07M 2015 - $9.458M 2016 - $12.380M Cap Hit if cut: 2013: - $8.71M 2014: - $6.14M 2015: - $3.57M 2016: - $1M - Miles' contract is pretty straight forward for '13 and '14 and he's already made his guaranteed money and then some. Where the Cowboys have to decide to part ways with him is in 2015 when they can save about $6M on the cap vs keeping him on the roster. It's too early to say what will happen in '15 so I'll leave it at that. Jason Witten: Cap Hit if kept: 2013 - $4.352M 2014 - $8.412M 2015 - $8.512M 2016 - $7.412M 2017 - $8.312M Cap Hit if cut: 2013: - $12.06M 2014: - $8.648M 2015: - $5.236M 2016: - $1.824M 2017: - $0.912M - This is the first year that Witten has restructured his contract since 2011. '16 is the first real year that the Cowboys will see major savings by cutting him if they decide to. Another pretty straight forward contract and Witten just hit his 10th year in the league. Witten is not slowing down as he still continues to lead the team in receptions since 2007 and is Romo's safety valve. Brandon Carr: Cap Hit if kept: 2013 - $5.432M 2014 - $12.217M 2015 - $12.717M 2016 - $13.817M 2017 - $12.717M (player option) Cap Hit if cut: 2013: - $22.3M 2014: - $16.868M 2015: - $12.151M 2016: - $7.434M 2017: - $2.717M - Carr's guaranteed money is $25.5M and the Cowboys are still quite few dollars short and hence why his cap hit if released in '13 is so high. His contract was also structured to provide cap relief in the second year so this restructure is really no surprise. What should also be no surprise here is that Carr will see the end of his contract with another restructure in the future. Mackenzy Bernadeau: Cap Hit if kept: 2013 - $2.039166M 2014 - $3.574166M 2015 - $4.074166M Cap Hit if cut: 2013: - $3.972498M 2014: - $2.648332M 2015: - $1.324167M - This restructure did come as a surprise to many because Bernadeau's contract wasn't a high dollar figure in the first place. The Cowboys simply added $0.511666M to the original cap charges every year for the remainder of the contract but were able to free up $1.535M in the process. It's not alot in the grand scheme of things but when you are able to free up that kind of money from a handful of players then it certainly helps overall. Nate Livings: Cap Hit if kept: 2013 - $1.661250M 2014 - $4.346250M 2015 - $5.346250M 2016 - $5.696250M Cap Hit if cut: 2013: - $4.5M 2014: - $2.83875M 2015: - $1.8925M 2016: - $0.94625M - Livings is still owed $4.5M of guaranteed money so his '13 cap hit reflects that. After this year though he can be let go with a little less of a $3M cap hit. Just like Bernadeau, the Cowboys added $0.246250M to the cap charges for every year of the remainder of his contract.