Friday, March 12, 2010
Cowboys looking at one or two players
By Calvin Watkins
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he's open to doing some things in free agency but is willing to be patient.
Jones said the Cowboys are looking at one or possibly two players. However, the team doesn't necessarily have to bring a player in to Valley Ranch for a visit.
"I wouldn't want to predict, but I would say no," Jones said when asked if the team could bring some players in the near future. "I would say no, but I want to leave it open so that if a couple of things did happen, we might do something."
The Cowboys could look at a safety in free agency, and when a reporter suggested that Jones sign retired Cowboys safety Darren Woodson, the two shared a laugh.
St. Louis Rams free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe is a name that is linked to the Cowboys. The Rams placed a right-of-first refusal tender with no compensation on Atogwe at $1.2 million.
Atogwe can sign an offer sheet until April 15, and if that doesn't happen the Rams have until June 1 to give him a guaranteed contract of $7 million for 2010 or trade him. If Atogwe doesn't sign any deals, he becomes an unrestricted free agent on June 1.
Dallas could wait to make a play for him then, and bringing him in for a visit now serves no purpose. The Rams announced in a news release that their intent is to sign Atogwe to a long-term contract.
The Cowboys haven't said who they're interested in yet, "We don't need to visit," Jones said of prospective free agents. "We already had that evaluation [at the combine]. It's one possibly two, I don't anticipate this happening [now]."