Are The Cowboys Done in Free Agency?

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Nov 22, 2012; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer (93) attempts to tackle Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) during the game on Thanksgiving at Cowboys Stadium. The Redskins beat the Cowboys 38-31. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

As we start to round the corner and head towards the draft which is less than a month away now, it seems like a good time to take one final look at what’s available in free agency.  Currently, the Cowboys have $6.4 million available ($12.8 if you include the money from releasing Miles Austin, which will not become available until after June 1.)  With the money currently at their disposal and with the free agent market heavily picked through, it would seem that Dallas is a fairly precarious position.  The positive is of course, the are under the cap by $6.4 million, however the flip side of that coin is that there really aren’t many options worthy of using it.

So, could the Cowboys be done in free agency or is there somebody out there that could contribute to this team while not being a progress stopper?  Let’s look at a few players that Dallas should give at least some consideration to before they put all their focus into the draft.

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  • SmartThinking

    My problem with taking FA’s, any FA’s, is, you’re paying top dollar, in most cases, for somebody else’s warts.

    Melton, for instance, hasn’t played in a year, comes off a serious ACL surgery and has significant off the field issues to get in the way of his concentration on the game.

    Spencer’s no better. Nobody really knows whether he can play or not … and he’s already a Cowboy.

    As for Weeden, it’s a bigger mystery why he’s on this team than all the others, especially given his past performance in Cleveland.

    The other two guys, names I can’t even remember, are collectively, certainly no game changers. At the very best, they’re rotational players on a team with no elite players on the entire defense.

    Even if you use the logic that these guys will buy you a year or two of use so you can use your precious draft picks on elite key role players, can you really use Weeden as your rationale for doing it that way?

    Once again, the Dallas Braintrust, apparently knows something we don’t. I can’t imagine any other reason why they’d pick a dud like Weeden and try to pass him off to us as a possible starter on this Dallas team.

    • James

      Weeden Was Brought In Just For Insurance In Case Orton Did In Fact Retire. NOT to Be A Possible Starter!

  • BradAustin

    I’m pretty sure Spencer will be playing 2014 on a contract near the league minimum. Entering his 8th season that puts his league minimum at $855k. With such a serious knee injury and surgery, wherever he plays it should be somewhere around a $1-2 mil base heavy on incentives. Don’t think any team in NFL would risk more on such an unknown. His injury was more severe than the typical knee injury. Knowing his salary options are that low will more than likely keep him in Dallas where both he and the team are comfortable together. He has more protection that way. A new team might not be as lenient if he doesn’t pan quickly.

    I do expect other smaller name free agents to be added here and there during the summer, we do every single camp. Also once the draft is over expect some activity. That’s when teams evaluate the new players they brought in and begin to trim another round of vets from their roster. But of most significance, I’d say Spencer is a solid bet to return to Dallas. If Cowboys doesn’t add a rookie guard in the top 3 rounds, Waters will likely be back too.