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    Cowboys Pick Six: Salary Cap, RKG's Up, SOPA And Other News And Notes
    by KD Drummond

    There's always plenty of interwebby fun to be had when talking about the Dallas Cowboys! Let's dive into Cowboys Pick Six, what appears to be my newest recurring post. Six of the top storylines occupying the minds of Dallas Cowboys fans at the moment.

    Salary Cap Won't Be Issue For Cowboys: ESPN Dallas | Interesting confirmation that the Cowboys could have as much as $20 million to spend this offseason. With the retirement of Jon Kitna, the Cowboys have about $12.6 million in cap space, right now, based on last year's cap total. This already takes into account the 'dead money' from last season's salary purge. We'll get into this in much greater detail, but with the 14th pick in the draft, Dallas is looking at spending between $5m and $7m on rookies (estimate based on 2011 #14 pick counting $2m against cap). BTB's Tom Ryle did a great piece on the Cowboys free agent situation here, which is headlined by Laurent Robinson and maybe a desire to sign Martellus Bennett, Tony Fiammetta and/or Anthony Spencer. Give or take, that could bring the available money pool down to about $3 million.

    However Dallas also has bullets left to fire. They could save up to $6 million releasing Terence Newman and also another $12 million reworking the deal of DeMarcus Ware and shifting money within the Orlando Scandrick and Doug Free deals. That bumps them up to about $20 milly, with Robinson in fold, a mid-first round draft pick and optimism right around the corner. Maybe literally...

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