Dez Bryant contract reworked Tuesday

IRVING, Texas -- On Tuesday, the Dallas Cowboys re-worked the contracts of cornerback Orlando Scandrick and tackle Doug Free to save about $8.5 million against the salary cap in 2012.

They also made a bookkeeping adjustment on the contract for wide receiver Dez Bryant that day, turning a $1.435 million roster bonus into signing bonus, which allowed them to save about $957,000 against the cap.

All told, the Cowboys created about $17 million in space by restructuring those contracts and releasing cornerback Terence Newman and kicker David Buehler.

It’s important to note that the Cowboys did not add or subtract any money from Bryant’s contract. He is getting the same $1.435 million. It is just being counted against the cap in a different way.

Bryant is signed through 2014.