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Cowboys to Not be a Major Player in Free Agency?

Today’s Dallas Morning News talks about the Cowboys and free agency, and surprise – surprise, that the team won’t be a big player in the free agent market. Here’s the report from today’s paper:

Owner Jerry Jones has stated the Dallas Cowboys won’t be majorplayers in the free agent market. But is it true?

The Ray Lewis-to-Valley Ranch rumor has been out there for a couple weeks. If the Cowboys do make a big splash, Lewis might be it. He would fill huge needs at inside linebacker (assuming Zach Thomas isn’t returning) and leader, but how much do you want to pay a 34-year-old at that position?

As far as smaller splashes go, signing a backup quarterback would make sense. That was a problem position, to put it mildly, last season, and the QB draft crop is considered weak. The Cowboys had internal discussions about trading for Chris Simms last year. He’ll be on the market and ought to come at a reasonable price, and there are several other available backups that would be significant upgrades over 40-year-old Brad Johnson.

Assuming that the Cowboys can’t afford to keep Chris Canty, they might try to replace him via free agency. San Diego’s Igor Olshansky could be a slightly cheaper option who has experience in Wade Phillips’ scheme.

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