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Cowboys Reportedly Stripped By NFL Of Millions In Salary Cap Space

The Dallas Cowboys are going to have to scale down its player payroll this season after the NFL stripped them and rival Washington Redskins of millions of dollars in salary cap space, according to a report by ESPN's Adam Shefter.

"NFL is taking away millions of dolllar of salary-cap space from Cowboys and Redskins for how they front-loaded deals during uncapped year." - @AdamShefter

A few minutes after that tweet, Shefter sent out another to explain a bit:

"Cowboys lose $10 million in cap space, Redskins lose $36 million in space. Can split it over 2012 and 2013 any way they want. More at ESPN." - @AdamShefter

Twenty-six of the remaining 28 teams (New Orleans Saints and Oakland Raiders excluded, but don't lose anything) will get the money that Dallas and Washington loses except, according to Shefter.

Dallas has at least 20 players set to make over $1 million in 2012, unless the Cowboys cut Terrance Newman's $8 million figure by Tuesday. The highest-paid salary for the upcoming season is DeMarcus Ware's $10 million.

Here is a look at the Cowboys' top salary figures of 2012, not including linebacker Anthony Spencer who was just recently hit with the franchise tag:

DeMarcus Ware $10.301 million

Marcus Spears $2.700 million

Tony Romo $8.060 million

Kenyon Coleman $2.345 million

Doug Free $8.060 million

Jason Hatcher $2.100 million

Terence Newman $8.016 million

Kyle Kosier $1.950 million

Orlando Scandrick $7.700 million

Felix Jones $1.884 million

Jason Witten $5.500 million

Gerald Sensabaugh $1.800 million

Jay Ratliff $5.291 million

Mike Jenkins $1.672 million

Dez Bryant $3.660 million

David Buehler $1.297 million

Tyron Smith $2.840 million

Bruce Carter $1.103 million

Miles Austin $2.721 million

For more on the Cowboys and their salary-cap situation, visit SB Nation Dallas and Blogging The Boys.

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