The Dallas Cowboys announced Thursday that cornerback Brandon Carr was one of five players to restructure his contract in order to help the franchise get under the NFL's $123 million salary cap.

Carr, who signed a five-year, $50.1 million deal last year, had his 2013 base salary reduced from $14.3 million to $715,000, according to Spotrac.com. The remainder of his salary was transferred into a signing bonus.

"I restructured my contract basically just to free up some money to get some more players in," Carr said Friday morning after a United Way event where he read to children at Edward Titche Elementary School in Dallas. "I'm a team player. I believe in getting as many guys as possible that can help us get to our goal, and that's to win a championship.

"This is another step in the right direction, not only myself, but other guys restructured as well. That's a good sign that guys are willing to restructure their contracts in order to get new guys in or get better guys in to help us, hopefully, get a Super Bowl."

The Cowboys missed the playoffs for the third consecutive season after finishing 8-8. So really how close are they to reaching the Super Bowl?

"Hopefully, we're knocking on the door," Carr responded. "Hopefully, you're getting your down coat ready for New York."