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Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo has had his contract restructured to give the team enough cap space to make a trade for Minnesota Vikings RB Adrian Peterson.
ProFootballTalk, NBC’s football exclusive network, reported that the Cowboys had converted the majority of Romo’s salary into a signing bonus for the year 2015.
Per source, Cowboys exercised right to automatically convert $16M of Tony Romo’s salary to signing bonus. Creates $12.8M in 2015 cap space.
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) April 1, 2015
Romo was scheduled to make over $20 million in 2015 from his salary, but the move gives the cap-strapped Cowboys much more space to sign big name free agents in the later phases of free agency. Among those big names could be Adrian Peterson should the Minnesota Vikings elect to trade the former NFL MVP to the Cowboys.
ProFootballTalk noted that the Dallas Cowboys now have $12.80 million in cap space for 2015 – Adrian Peterson has a cap hit of $12.75 million, and the figures appear to align a bit too perfectly to be mere coincidence.
Peterson, a two-time NFL rushing leader, missed 15 games in 2014 after he was arrested for child abuse against his 4-year-old. He eventually pleaded no contest to the charges and was given probation. After serving a league mandated suspension that was later overturned, Peterson was readmitted to the NFL and is still a member of the Minnesota Vikings.
The Cowboys cut ties with reigning NFL rushing champion DeMarco Murray even though Murray was named NFL Offensive Player of the Year in 2014.