It isn't just that Stephen Jones is expecting a real bump in the 2016 salary cap from new TV revenues. Every year the team waits to release a big contract player, another large proration of signing bonus money comes off the cap. Demarcus Ware received a $20M signing bonus ($4M/yr x 5yrs, '09-'13) as part of his original extension in 2009. So the last year of that initial signing bonus came off the books at the end of last season. Ware still has prorated bonus money on the books from subsequent restructures, but they pale in comparison to the original bonus. The team can realize major cap savings any time they decide to release Ware because he outlived his big signing bonus. As for Austin, he's in the same cross hairs that focused on RT Doug Free last off-season. Smiles hasn't lived up to his contract and he's going to be released unless the Cowboys offer him a pay cut and he accepts. Free and Kyle Orton have contracts designed to void following the 2014 season, which will net $8.3925M in 2015 cap savings once you add two 1st year minimum contracts to take their roster spots. Tyron Smith will be under contract so long as the team activates the 5th year option on his rookie contract in the next couple months. It will be the 2014 OL Transition tag number, which will be announced shortly and is robust in nature. But the point of the option is simply to keep Smith from becoming a free agent following the 2014 season. It allows Dallas to wait another year before having to come to terms on a long term extension. Tony Romo's contract will be restructured again by design, the team can create up to $12.824M. If Miles Austin is released as a June cut in '14 or a regular release in '15, it will net $4.0212M in '15 cap relief after accounting for a new salary taking his roster spot. And I already mentioned the $8.3925M net savings for Free and Orton in '15. That's a quick $25.2377M to help.