Dallas Cowboys Restructure DeMarcus Ware's Contract, and More NFC East News

Brad Gagnon NFL National ColumnistFebruary 28, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 21:  DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys during their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 21, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The Dallas Cowboys have begun the process of trimming fat and cutting costs in order to get under the salary cap by the start of the new league year, and DeMarcus Ware is subject No. 1. 

Ware has agreed to restructure his contract in order to save the team about $4 million against the cap for 2013, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter

Rather than take the New York Giants' route by releasing overpaid veterans, the Cowboys appear as though they're going to spend much of the next two weeks redoing deals. Guys like Tony Romo, Doug Free, Jay Ratliff, Miles Austin and Jason Witten are also restructure candidates. Schefter reports that the team plans on reworking about a dozen more contracts between now and the start of free agency on March 12.

In that case, maybe they're serious about making a run at re-signing Anthony Spencer. In fact, with that many deals being restructured, Dallas might also have the room to invest in some out-of-house free agents, too. I just hope this doesn't come back to bite them harshly in a couple of years. 

On to what else is being talked about in the NFC East.


Dallas Cowboys

From ESPNDallas.com's Jean-Jacques Taylor: Tony Romo doesn't owe the Cowboys a discount.

Gary Horton and Field Yates of ESPN.com think Donald Thomas would be an ideal free-agent acquisition for the Cowboys. I agree


New York Giants

From Paul Tierney of Giants 101: Martellus Bennett says he isn't "feeling the love" from Big Blue.

From ESPNNewYork.com's Ohm Youngmisuk: Is Ezekiel Ansah the right fit to team up with Jason Pierre-Paul?


Philadelphia Eagles

From PhillyMag.com's Tim McManus: Alex Smith being traded to the Chiefs bolsters Chip Kelly's claim that Nick Foles isn't on the market. 

From Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphia Daily News: The Eagles are better off without Nnamdi Asomugha.


Washington Redskins

From John Keim of the Washington Examiner: London Fletcher says that if he's "healthy enough to play," he'll return in 2013.

From Mike Jones of the Washington Post: Josh Morgan is recovering from not one, not two, but three surgeries