The Cowboys began the process of clearing room to get under the 2014 salary cap of $133 million by restructuring the contracts of cornerback Orlando Scandrick and linebacker Sean Lee.

Lee converted $4.75 million of his $5.5 million base salary into signing bonus for next season, while Scandrick moved $3.75 million of his $4.5 millon base salary into bonus.

The moves cleared roughly $7 million in cap room for the Cowboys, who were $15-$18 million over the cap. They still have some work to do to get under the cap by March 11.

The team has talked about releasing center/guard Phil Costa to create room and still must make decisions on the contracts of receiver Miles Austin and linebacker DeMarcus Ware.

The Cowboys also can get under the cap restructuring the deals of quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten.