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In Indianapolis, Jerry Jones had said Cowboys would be active early in free agency if they had the chance to help themselves, it’s now been almost a week into free agency and the Cowboys have done…nothing.

Through the Cowboys recent history they haven’t been very active at the beginning of free agency, but when they have, the deals have rarely involved top-tier players. The Cowboys have typically had a wait-and-see approach to market frenzy.  If a good deal comes along they pounce.

“That’s how we got La’Roi Glover,” Jones said of the 2002  acquisition. “It wasn’t an attempt from months or weeks back to try to orchestrate that to get him. It had to be there for you.”

While the Cowboys have been very quiet some teams have already set records for free agency acquistions.

“You’re kind of paying a price to push your agenda early. If you let it come to you, you have the best chance of value for the Cowboys.”

As Jones has a wait-and-see approach it is clear the  Cowboys’ company in the NFC East do not. The Giants signed safety Antrel Rolle to a five-year $39 million contract, the most money ever for a safety. Philadelphia re-signed Leonard Weaver to the richest contract for a fullback in league history. Even the quieter-than-usual Redskins have signed Artis Hicks as a replacement to retiring offensive tackle Chris Samuels.

“I watch keenly what they do,” Jones said of the Cowboys’ division opponents. “I don’t get into what they’re going to do or how they do it, but when they add and improve their roster that gets my attention. Because we’ve got to win at least one or two games against those guys, so we keep a close eye on it. But as far as feeling like we’re jumping behind those guys, no, I don’t feel that way, and I got ready for that before we started.

So are the Cowboys missing out or should we expect to see some moves coming here soon?  According to Jerry, “I don’t want to rush into anything.  I’m going to wait and see what comes to us.”

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