Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Cowboys tender only two players
By Todd Archer
IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys did not tender a contract offer to any of their restricted free agents and only put the one-year offers out to exclusive rights free agents Jermey Parnell and Clifton Geathers.
The Cowboys had some talks with Tony Fiammetta’s agent about a multi-year deal on Tuesday but could not reach a deal. It is possible he could re-sign but now he is free to sign with another team. Had they put the restricted free-agent tag on Fiammetta he would have been paid $1.26 million in 2012 and received a fourth-round pick in return if signed with another team.
The Fiammetta move could be fallout from the $5 million the NFL took away from the Cowboys’ 2012 salary cap for sanctions involving the 2010 uncapped season. Another $5 million will be taken away from the cap in 2013.
In addition to Fiammetta, wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and quarterback Chris Greisen were not tendered as restricted free agents. The Cowboys also made wide receiver Jesse Holley a free agent but not tendering him a deal as an exclusive rights free agent.
Parnell and Geathers will make $540,000 in 2012.
Parnell served as the backup offensive tackle last year and played sparingly. Geathers played in five games and was credited with two tackles and three quarterback pressures.