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Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Doug Free, Stephen Bowen to be targets

By Todd Archer

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will have 10 unrestricted free agents whenever football returns, and two made the top-50 list created by Pete Prisco of CBS Sports: Doug Free and Stephen Bowen.

Free checked in at No. 14, while Bowen was No. 27. I was a little surprised Prisco did not have safety Gerald Sensabaugh on his list because I know he believes he is a decent player. Free, Bowen and Sensabaugh would be the top-three the Cowboys have to keep.

Free was the fourth tackle on the list behind Atlanta’s Tyson Clabo and Baltimore’s Jared Gaither and Marshal Yanda. I was a little surprised to see him fourth because he plays the pre-eminent position and is only 27. Gaither did not play last year because of a back injury that has since healed apparently. Clabo is a right tackle only and Prisco said Yanda might be a better guard.

Here’s what Prisco wrote about Free:
“He took over as the starter at left tackle last season and was the Cowboys best lineman. Was it a one-year thing or a sign of things to come? The Cowboys want him back.”

To me, Bowen is going to get bigger offers than many believe. Teams know how good he can be and how he has improved each year. Prisco seems to agree:
“He is an aggressive up-field end who is coming of his best season at the right time. Look for the 3-4 teams to bid his price up. He's a real free-agent sleeper.”