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Dallas Cowboys Salary Cap 2023: Contracts, Highest-paid Players & More

Who’s the Cowboys’ highest-paid player? What are their biggest contracts on the books? Here’s what you need to know about Dallas’s salary cap spending in 2023.

I have something to state for the record, and you can either love it, hate it, or refuse to sleep again until you’ve killed it with fire: The Dallas Cowboys have already won.

Sure, they haven’t notched a Super Bowl championship since the 1995 NFL season, but is any team in global sports effectively guaranteed to remain in the headlines regardless of their on-field performances quite like Jerry Jones’ bunch? Their ability to command so much of the zeitgeist means that we shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the Boys are, for instance, the single most profitable sports team on earth.

It’s easy to get lost in the sauce as it relates to merch sales, sponsorships, and other portfolio flexes like Legends Hospitality, Complexity Gaming, and an endless list of sold-out concerts and special events at AT&T Stadium — but what about the approach to spending on the team’s roster itself? Do these investments do justice to the grandiose, 1-of-1 nature of the brand, or are we looking at something else entirely?

That got us exploring just what team’s biggest salaries on the books really are for 2023, as well as their largest contracts overall.

Below, Boardroom has all your Cowboys salary cap particulars for the current NFL season. Check it out.

Cowboys Salary Cap 2023: Spending & Space

All dollar figures and cap estimates in this article via Spotrac. Reflects a hard salary cap of $224.8 million.

So, are the Cowboys over the salary cap? Check out their full spending breakdown as of Oct. 16, 2023.

  • Active contracts: $187,707,996
  • Dead cap money: $17,947,954
  • Total salary cap usage: $220,645,205
  • Salary cap space: $12,258,646
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Cowboys Contracts 2023: The Top 10

Includes the 10 largest active ______ contracts by total value. All dollar figures via Spotrac.

1QB Dak Prescott4y, $160M
2T Tyron Smith8y, $97.6M
3CB Trevon Diggs5y, $97M
4T Terence Steele5y, 82.5M
5WR Michael Gallup5y, $57.5M
6DE DeMarcus Lawrence3y, $40M
7WR Brandin Cooks2y, $39.76M
8G Zack Martin2y, $36.85M
9QB Trey Lance4y, $34.1M
10S Malik Hooker3y, $21M

Dallas Cowboys’ Highest-paid Players of 2023

Includes the 10 largest Cowboys salaries by total cash compensation.

1QB Dak Prescott$31M
2CB Trevon Diggs$22.3M
3G Zack Martin$18.85M
4T Terence Steele$16.3M
5DE DeMarcus Lawrence$15M
6WR Brandon Cooks$12M
7WR Michael Gallup$11.35M
8RB Tony Pollard$10.09M
9CB Stephon Gilmore$9.98M
10S Malik Hooker$9.75M

Other Notable Cowboys Salaries

t15. LB Leighton Vander Esch: $4.5M
17. T Tyron Smith: $3.3M
21. WR CeeDee Lamb: $2.52M
23. EDGE Micah Parsons: $2.21M

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Sam Dunn
Sam Dunn is the Managing Editor of Boardroom. Before joining the team, he was an editor and multimedia talent for several sports and culture verticals at Minute Media and an editor, reporter, and site manager at SB Nation. A specialist in content strategy, copywriting, and SEO, he has additionally worked as a digital consultant in the corporate services, retail, and tech industries. He cannot be expected to be impartial on any matter regarding the Florida Gators or Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter @RealFakeSamDunn.