Barring a pay cut to provide additional salary cap flexibility, veteran starting cornerback Brandon Carr is expected to be released by the Dallas Cowboys, two league sources told Yahoo Sports. A potential replacement for Carr has also surfaced as an offseason target: impending Cincinnati Bengals free agent Adam Jones.

Carr's cap number for 2016 stands at more than $13.8 million, including $9.1 million in base salary and an additional $4.717 in prorated bonus cash. That number places him among the most expensive cornerbacks in the NFL next season, with his total cap hit at the cornerback spot ranked behind only three players – the New York Jets' Darrelle Revis; the Seattle Seahawks' Richard Sherman and the Carolina Panthers' Josh Norman (who had the franchise tag applied to him on Tuesday).

As it stands, Dallas is roughly $14 million under the $155 million salary cap. While that's not a dire cap situation, the available $14 million doesn't account for space necessary to sign draft picks or prospective free agents. With that in mind, if the Cowboys cut Carr prior to June 1, it would open up another $6.4 million in cap space. If the Cowboys waited until after June 1, it would open up $9.1 million (but that money couldn't be spent until Carr is off the roster).