Last year the Dallas Cowboys had a very active off season with numerous free agent signings. They made a huge splash in the off season of 2012 when they went out and signed one of the top corners on the market Brandon Carr. Carr was a productive addition to the Dallas Cowboys but not much can be said about the rest of the free agents signed last year.
Brodney Pool for example never made it past the preseason while guys like Nate Livings, Dan Conner, and Mackenzy Bernadeau had little impact or made significant contribution to the team. Do to the fact that many of the free agent signings weren’t high profile players it was no shock to many of us that most of the free agents failed to excel as Brandon Carr did.
Now with the offseason officially under way we as fans can’t help to think what moves Jerry Jones will have in store. As of now the only shake up has been on the coaching staff and the firing of defensive coordinator Rob Ryan and the hiring of Monte Kiffin, which realistically is the only thing they can do until March 12th when free agency officially opens. As far as free agency goes the Cowboys won’t have much room to work with, since they have over paid under achievers Miles Austin, Jay Ratliff, and the biggest burden of them all Doug Free. In Jay Ratliff and Miles Austins case it’s the inability to stay healthy which is uncontrollable, but in the case of Doug Free this guy has achieved nothing and has produced nothing but headaches for the Cowboys.
On that note the Cowboys have a few options in free agency that they should pursue if they are to release Doug Free. As I mentioned in last weeks article a guy like Jake Long can be an immediate upgrade over Doug Free but the Cowboys would need to break the bank and conjure up money and cap room they just don’t have. A more practical route the Cowboys can take is going for a guy like Branden Albert an offensive tackle from Kansas City. The Cowboys may also be looking to target a wide receiver in free agency, since resigning Kevin Ogletree didn’t pan out and he’ll be a free agent by March 12th.
A wide receiver that the Cowboys may be looking to target is Danny Amendola that is familiar with the Cowboys organization and has shown flashes of greatness in his time playing with the Saint Louis Rams. The only question marks surrounding Amendola are his inability to stay healthy, but this can work in the Cowboys favor because it may make him cheaper to obtain. Amendola would be an immediate upgrade over Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley who are recently the front runners for the 3rd receiver position. As of right now we don’t know who Jerry Jones will be pursuing, but Branden Albert and Danny Amendola seem like plausible options.