Yesterday morning, when Valley Ranch officially opened for business, the Cowboys hit the ground running. By midnight last night, they had already addressed the team’s two biggest worries heading into all this madness. Salary cap woes? That was needless worry. By cutting Marion Barber, Roy Williams, and Leonard Daivs they were under the 2011 mark before noon. Doug Free? Despite reports that the Bucs were in heavy pursuit, the Cowboys locked up the free agent tackle for the next four seasons. And, it was at a fairly reasonable price. Now the real fun begins.
Obviously, signing Free was huge, but the timing of it was also significant. Making sure he remained a Cowboy was priority number one and knocking it out this early frees them to pursue other free agent targets while knowing exactly what they have to work with. Reportedly, they’ve been in contact with Abram Elam and Green Bay defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins. There have also been whispers about possible interest in Eric Weddle. Meanwhile, the team reportedly doesn’t have any interest in Oakland safety Michael Huff. That’s somewhat surprising as he was widely regarded as a target.
Abram Elam wouldn’t be that exciting of an addition, but Elam and Weddle together is a different story. That would give the Cowboys a dynamic safety set for the first time since Roy Williams was a rookie. We will hear more about this today — guaranteed.
Underwhelming David Buehler will have competition at kicker in training camp. The Cowboys have brought in former OSU kicker, Dan Bailey as an undrafted free agent. This is a very good thing. I’m a firm believer in placing as much pressure on the kicker as possible. That’s the nature of the job.
A list of the undrafted free agents signed by the ‘Boys so far.
Carlos Mendez asks if Tech’s Lyle Leong can be the team’s third receiver. That seems extremely unlikely. His chances of beating out Kevin Ogletree are zero, and, if they bring in a veteran, he’s probably not even going to make the team.
In addition to the big names, the Cowboys cut Robert Brewster and a few others yesterday.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Jerry played an integral role in the CBA negotiations. Say what you will about the man, but he knows how to get a deal done. Jason Wittin and Roger Goodell had some very positive things to say about Jerry’s role in ending the lockout.
Finally, I hate to end this on a negative note, but Andre Gurode had knee surgery in June and might start camp on the PUP list.