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Gerald Sensabaugh released by Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys continue to clear up salary-cap space, ostensibly in an effort to keep impending free-agent pass rusher Anthony Spencer off the open market.

The latest move is releasing free safety Gerald Sensabaugh, someone informed of the move told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport. Sensabaugh confirmed his release on Twitter, adding his appreciation for the organization.

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Sensabaugh's scheduled base salary was $3 million, which would have been fully guaranteed had he still been on the roster by March 12. While the transaction saves another $1.4 million in cap room, it leaves the secondary without a solid player who had started 60 games for the Cowboys over the past four years.

The decision to move on from Sensabaugh is the latest reminder that owner/president/general manager Jerry Jones has struggled mightily in his high-priced efforts to find an impact safety. Roy Williams and Ken Hamlin also collected monster paychecks only to flame out in Dallas.

If the Cowboys still are weighing a last-minute franchise-tag designation for Spencer, they must trim another $3 to $4 million from the cap to squeeze in the $10.63 million figure.

The clock is ticking.

UPDATE: Spencer's agent, Jordan Woy, tweeted the Cowboys intend to use the franchise tag on Spencer for the second consecutive year.

Follow Chris Wesseling on Twitter @ChrisWesseling.

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