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Dan Connor released on busy day for Dallas Cowboys

The Dallas Cowboys didn't make some of the high-profile cuts that folks were expecting this offseason with defensive tackle Jay Ratliff or tackle Doug Free. But they are trimming their cap numbers with a raft of restructurings and releases of lesser players.

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The Cowboys on Monday cut linebacker Dan Connor, as first reported by NFL.com's Albert Breer and later confirmed by the team.

Connor was a fine reserve that played multiple positions for the Cowboys. He wound up starting eight games because of injuries in front of him in 2012, but he didn't fit the team's new 4-3 defense under coordinator Monte Kiffin.

The Cowboys also announced that it has renegotiated the contracts of Ratliff, guard Mackenzy Bernadeau and cornerback Orlando Scandrick.

Something tells us this won't be the last item of news from Jerry Jones in the next 48 hours. The Cowboys might not have a ton of cap room, but they always find a way to stay in the headlines.

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