Cowboys working to finalize Justin Durant deal

March, 27, 2013
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The Dallas Cowboys are working to finalize a deal with free-agent linebacker Justin Durant, according to a source. Based on rules of the CBA, NFL teams are unable to sign or offer contracts to free agents without having the salary cap space to do so.

The Cowboys currently have just $102,000 of salary cap space, not enough to sign Durant.

According to the source, the Cowboys are in the process of adding cap room by either releasing or restructuring a contract of a player on their roster.

New contracts for quarterback Tony Romo and defensive end Anthony Spencer would give the Cowboys the needed space under the salary cap to sign Durant.

If league officials determined the Cowboys offered a contract to a player without the necessary cap space, a fine could be incurred. League officials didn't respond to comment regarding the potential Durant deal.

ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter said the Cowboys are on the verge of offering Durant a two-year contract. Durant, who visited Valley Ranch on Monday, acknowledged on his twitter account Tuesday that he's going to play with the Cowboys and re-tweeted Lions fans who said they will miss him.

Durant played with Detroit last season.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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