The Dallas Cowboys appear to be finally stepping out into free agency with three potential players visiting Valley Ranch later today. And it only took them two weeks to do so. But with a salary cap that’s rumored to be just slightly over $100,000, the cash-strapped team appears to be simply “going through the motions”.
The marquee name amongst today’s free agent visitors is former Oakland Raider safety Michael Huff. The Irving native and former Longhorn would certainly feel at home in Dallas. But despite an All-Pro bid in 2010, Huff’s last two seasons have been very mediocre in Oakland. So much so, the Raiders elected to release him as Huff was scheduled to make $4 million in base salary as well as a $4 million roster bonus this season. Unless Huff is willing to sign for next to nothing, his chances of landing in Dallas are pretty slim. The Green Bay Packers, Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans have been reported to also have interest in Huff.
Linebacker Justin Durant and safety Will Allen are the other two free agents scheduled to meet with the Cowboys today. Durant is a former second round pick by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2007, who is coming off an impressive 103 tackle season with the Detroit Lions. Allen is a career long back-up who started his first four years in the NFL under current Dallas defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin in Tampa Bay.
In order to sign these free agents, the Cowboys will probably have to make a move like cutting tackle Doug Free or restructuring more player contracts. They could also create some cap room if they are able to sign quarterback Tony Romo or linebacker Anthony Spencer to long-term contracts. Without these moves, it is unlikely the Cowboys will be able to sign any decent players currently available in free agency.