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Thursday, August 4, 2011
Jerry Jones did a nice job bargain shopping

By Jean-Jacques Taylor

SAN ANTONIO -- The Cowboys haven’t signed sign a single sexy player from another team since the NFL’s free agency period began.

They failed to land Nnamdi Asomugha, and showed no interest in the best safeties available.

No worries.

At least they didn’t sign any bad players or hand out any contracts that will have us shaking our heads next spring when free agency rolls around again.

Bottom line: The Cowboys signed seven players for $71 million, which means Jerry and Stephen Jones did a pretty good job of bargain shopping.

As many as five of the players the Cowboys signed, including both safeties, will start. And they can feel good about their offensive line situation with Doug Free and Kyle Kosier locked up.

If the Cowboys want to go in another direction with Marcus Spears, Kenyon Coleman or Jason Hatcher at the end of the season, they’ll have the salary-cap flexibility to do it. Abram Elam and Gerald Sensabugh will be free agents at the end of season.

"At the end of the day, we had six free agent needs -- a couple on the offensive line, a couple on the defensive line and a couple on the back end -- we had to address, and we were able to do that plus one," Jason Garrett said. "Given the salary-cap circumstance and the new CBA, we had to be creative.

"We had to be able to make some hard decisions, which isn't always easy, but we were very systematic in our approach the entire offseason. We feel good about how things have turned out.

The Cowboys haven’t always been prudent, when it comes to spending free-agent dollars.

This time, they were.