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Mar 4 10 10:13 AM

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Cowboys say they plan to be players when free agency hits


01:16 AM CST on Thursday, March 4, 2010


Column by DAVID MOORE / The Dallas Morning News | dmoore@dallasnews.com

David Moore

Restrictions have been placed on what the Cowboys can do in free agency.
That's like saying no one in the Cowboys' front office can take a spin on the Texas Giant unless they are 48-inches tall.

The Cowboys aren't above the rules. But since Jerry Jones and everyone else in the Cowboys front office stand above 48 inches, those restrictions don't have an impact.
Free agency begins at 11:01 this evening, and there's an impression that the Cowboys will be restrained by the Final Eight Plan that has been implemented for the uncapped season. Jones shoots that down. The owner is confident the club can pursue the players he wants and that his chances to acquire them aren't compromised.

"If it made sense to us [before the uncapped year], then it makes sense now," Jones said.

"The system allows us to make a lot of change and do some things that make us different and make us better. You have to count on doing some things better from within, but the thing I'm emphasizing is, make no mistake about it, I expect to see some new faces."
 
The Cowboys lost in the second round of the playoffs to Minnesota last season. That puts them in the second tier of the Final Eight Plan.Teams in this tier are given a $5.807 million slot in 2010 to sign a free agent. In addition, they can sign all the free agents they want at $3.672 million or less. If they lose one of their own free agents, they are allowed to replace them at a comparable contract.

Let's put that in perspective. The Cowboys signed three defensive starters in free agency last season. Defensive end Igor Olshansky, linebacker Keith Brooking and safety Gerald Sensabaugh each counted less than $3.6 million against the cap in their first season.

Right guard Leonard Davis was the last high-dollar free-agent signing by the Cowboys. His six-year, $42 million deal, a deal that included a $16 million signing bonus, counted less than $5.8 million against the cap in his first season.

Restrictions placed on the four teams that advanced to the conference championship games are much more severe. But then, that's not the Cowboys' problem, is it?
The bottom line is Jones believes the Final Eight Plan won't freeze him out of any free agent the club has targeted.

"Again, without getting into the details of it, we can operate within the budget we have with the Cowboys," Jones said. "We can operate within that budget and do whatever we want to do."
Another consequence of this uncapped off-season is more than 200 players who were scheduled to become unrestricted free agents are now restricted. Sorry about that, Miles Austin.

General managers and coaches in Indianapolis for the scouting combine were split on what that will mean over the next few weeks. Some argue there will be less movement because there are fewer unrestricted free agents.

Others argue there could be an unprecedented run on restricted free agents. Remember, each team has more restricted free agents than in past seasons. If three or four of those players receive offer sheets, can that team really afford to keep all of them?

"I think there could be more action in that aspect of this off-season because there are more players to pick from," Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland said.
This is where the Cowboys will be dangerous. Executive vice president Stephen Jones will tell you this team doesn't have any glaring needs. This allows the Cowboys to be opportunistic and pounce rather than desperately chase one player or position.
"We're always consistent," Stephen Jones said. "If an opportunity presents itself to improve in an area, then we'll be ready to move."
Those opportunities won't be diminished by the Final Eight Plan.
"I don't know in what way, but I know we're going to have some opportunities in this off-season," Jerry Jones said.
"And I'm going to take advantage of it."

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Mar 4 10 2:39 PM

............The Cowboys signed three defensive starters in free agency last season.
Defensive end Igor Olshansky, linebacker Keith Brooking and safety Gerald Sensabaugh each counted less than $3.6 million against the cap in their first season...........

All I can say is that I really wouldn't want to see those 3 guys go anywhere.
Especially Brooking.

And with Jerry talking all kinds of trash talk about "there's gonna be loads of new faces here next year"
who knows what he'll do.
He's working his way up to becoming the next Dan Snyder.......buying a football team.
And we all know how things turned out for old Dan Snyder........right Hogzy ?

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Mar 4 10 2:48 PM

He knows he may never get another chance like this again..An uncapped year..No salary cap is huge..Frontload all contracts for this season and have plenty of $$$ for next season..

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Mar 5 10 4:59 PM

We're not comfortable, I'm not comfortable. There is no fear of standing pat here. We're not caught up in the fact that by some definition we had a good season. One of the things I'm the most sensitive about, even with myself, is to think, well, we've got something good going and let's just ride this thing on into the season. It's going to be just the opposite."

—Cowboys owner Jerry Jones on the team's offseason plan.

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Mar 6 10 6:34 AM

 When he wouldn't go out and get Rolle, that said more than anything to me. I don't want to part with Choice, but RB's are easy to find. Shut down corners are not.

The Lions spent 66Million yesterday.......what did Dallas do?

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Mar 6 10 5:50 PM

 When he wouldn't go out and get Rolle, that said more than anything to me. I don't want to part with Choice, but RB's are easy to find. Shut down corners are not.
The Lions spent 66Million yesterday.......what did Dallas do?

-hateskinz

Dallas had a scheduled circle jerk..I mean the Lions are on top of things..

You and Flahs should get a room..

The Lions suck..oh that's right they are in Michigan..and hates is in..Not the Colony..grin

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Mar 7 10 5:14 AM

Hey quit raggin' on the Lions.
They're my team..........sort of.....maybe.....kinda.
Unless of course Tampa Bay makes some sort of come back next season....then THEY are my team.

Man I hate band wagon jumpers.

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Mar 7 10 5:51 AM


Dallas had a scheduled circle jerk..I mean the Lions are on top of things..You and Flahs should get a room..
The Lions suck..oh that's right they are in Michigan..and hates is in..Not the Colony..[image]

-bevomav

Flash snores, so no rooming together.

And Bevo don't be a prick in reminding me where I am located.

But...

i am trying to get to Dallas first part of April.

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Mar 7 10 8:52 AM


Flash snores, so no rooming together.
And Bevo don't be a prick in reminding me where I am located.
But...
i am trying to get to Dallas first part of April.

-hateskinz

Yo hates..let me know and as always the first one is on me..

Plus..the do have a nice Costco right down the road from the Bevo Mansion..grin

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Mar 7 10 6:19 PM


Yo hates..let me know and as always the first one is on me..Plus..the do have a nice Costco right down the road from the Bevo Mansion..[image]

-bevomav

OK, OK my kid now wants to go to Cali. I am missing home but Cali sounds really cool as well. San Diego zoo, Sea World, Disney and all kinds of beaches.

Want to join me Bevo, you can still buy the first round..........

This is all premature as the boss hasn't signed off on my vacation yet!

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Mar 7 10 10:03 PM


OK, OK my kid now wants to go to Cali. I am missing home but Cali sounds really cool as well. San Diego zoo, Sea World, Disney and all kinds of beaches.
Want to join me Bevo, you can still buy the first round..........
This is all premature as the boss hasn't signed off on my vacation yet!

-hateskinz

Cali sounds better than Dallas..I'd go for it..

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Mar 8 10 7:36 AM

But I would like to visit home. I am very home sick. The smell of lake texhoma needs to get in the nostrils.

-hateskinz

Well if I were going to anything Disney..I would go to Disney World in Florida..Cheaper in Fla and closer to Michigan..Plus Universal is relly cool..

I know the homesick thing..I made a fortune in Seattle but it didn't matter I wanted to come home..


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Mar 9 10 4:44 AM

I have tons of realities in Cali that my son has never met and he is itchin' to see them. Plus a lego land, sea world, San Diego zoo.....and my parents are close by in Phoenix.

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Mar 9 10 6:10 PM

My son had his birthday party set for that saturday and his grandpa said "hey if you don't have your party that day and fly out maybe we could celebrate your b-day at Disney" I think that sealed the deal with Cali!!

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