A disappointing 2012 led the Cowboys to demand a pay cut from offensive tackle Doug Free. (Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
The Dallas Cowboys have apparently won their game of chicken with offensive tackle Doug Free. Free has accepted a pay cut to remain with the team, according to a source reported by ESPN.
Free was due $7 million this season and count $10.02 million against the Cowboys' salary cup, before the team informed him he would be cut unless he took a salary reduction.
The 2007 fourth-round draft pick out of Northern Illinois reportedly will make $3.5 million in 2013 and 2014, clearing the same amount in the team's cap.
Free has been disappointing at right tackle after an impressive 2011 season led to a four-year, $32 million deal that included $17 million guaranteed. The Cowboys have said they believe a second year under assistant coach Bill Callahan will benefit Free.