Dallas Cowboys: Anthony Hargrove

Cowboys' DL moves since May

November, 6, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- Since May 16, the Dallas Cowboys have signed, traded, acquired, put on injured reserve or released 28 defensive linemen. They saw another, Josh Brent, retire on July 18.

Everett Dawkins and Hall Davis are the latest additions. Dawkins was signed off the Minnesota Vikings' practice squad to the active roster, and Davis filled the final practice-squad vacancy.

There has been an incredible amount of movement on the Cowboys' defensive line. If you remember the Travis Chappelear era consider yourself fortunate.

Check out these transactions by date involving only the defensive line:

May 16 – Signed Anthony Hargrove
June 5 – Waived/injured Robert Callaway
June 11 – Signed Jeris Pendleton
June 20 – Cut Hargrove
June 25 – Signed Jerome Long
July 18 – Josh Brent retired
July 26 – Signed George Selvie and Landon Cohen
July 31 – Cut Ike Igbinosun, signed Toby Jackson
Aug. 1 – Waived/injured Cameron Sheffield
Aug. 6 – Waived Monte Taylor, signed Jabari Fletcher
Aug. 12 – Signed Travis Chappelear
Aug. 13 – Claimed Thaddeus Gibson
Aug. 19 – Waived Chappelear, Jackson
Aug. 21 – Signed Jason Vega
Aug. 26 - Cut Pendleton
Aug. 27 – Placed Tyrone Crawford on injured reserve, Jay Ratliff on reserve/PUP
Aug. 31 – Cut Fletcher, Gibson, Long, Vega; acquired Edgar Jones from Kansas City
Sept. 1 – Traded Sean Lissemore to San Diego
Sept. 2 – Signed Vega to practice squad
Sept. 3 – Acquired Caesar Rayford from Indianapolis
Sept. 5 – Chappelear waived off injured reserve
Sept. 7 – Placed Ben Bass on injured reserve; re-signed Long
Sept. 17 – Cut Cohen, signed David Carter
Sept. 24 – Cut Long, signed Drake Nevis
Sept. 25 – Placed Anthony Spencer on injured reserve
Oct. 15 – Cut Carter, Signed Jarius Wynn
Oct. 16 – Released Ratliff off reserve/PUP
Oct. 18 – Signed Vega off practice squad; placed Jones on IR to return list
Oct. 21 – Signed Marvin Austin
Oct. 29 – Released Vega; signed Everette Brown
Oct. 31 – Signed Vega to practice squad
Nov. 5 – Cut Austin
Nov. 6 – Signed Everett Dawkins off Minnesota practice squad; signed Hall Davis to practice squad
OXNARD, Calif. -- The Cowboys have a shortage of defensive linemen with the loss of defensive end Tyrone Crawford (torn Achilles) for the season and with the uncertain return of defensive tackle Jay Ratliff (hamstring) to training camp.

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Cowboys officials have one roster spot to fill and will try to find a defensive lineman, but not a veteran.

Anthony Hargrove was on the roster during the offseason workouts before the Cowboys released him, but a team source said the team isn't interested in bringing him back.

For now, the Cowboys will use Monte Taylor, Cameron Sheffield, Ben Bass and Nick Hayden on the second-and-third teams. Defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin said he's not ready to mix and match defensive ends and tackles because it's too early in camp for that and he's still trying to install his scheme.

"We could move some people around like the Packers," Kiffin said after Monday's morning walkthrough. "Let them come back and play where they were in the spring. Let's see if we got better over the summer."

Pre-camp 53-man roster projection

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IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys will fly to California on Friday for the beginning of training camp, so here is the final offseason projection of the 53-man roster.

Without knowing the injuries that could happen, there looks to be roughly seven roster spots up for grabs.

When we get to Oxnard, Calif., Tim MacMahon will take over the projections.

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Quarterbacks (2)

Tony Romo
Kyle Orton

The Cowboys have sniffed around better No. 3 quarterbacks in the offseason, which could mean they will look to keep one on the 53-man roster. It just won’t be Nick Stephens or Dalton Williams.

Running backs (4)

DeMarco Murray
Joseph Randle
Lance Dunbar
Phillip Tanner

Tanner had a good offseason and enters with the final job, but Kendial Lawrence could push him with a strong camp. The past two camps have seen undrafted runners make it, with Tanner and Dunbar as surprises. Could Lawrence be the third in a row?

Tight ends (4)

Jason Witten
James Hanna
Gavin Escobar
Dante Rosario

No change here from the projection after the minicamp, but Colin Cochart could play himself into contention.

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Wide receivers (5)

Dez Bryant
Miles Austin
Terrance Williams
Dwayne Harris
Cole Beasley

No change from the minicamp projection.


Offensive line (10)

Tyron Smith
Nate Livings
Travis Frederick
Mackenzy Bernadeau
Doug Free
Jermey Parnell
Phil Costa
Ronald Leary
Darrion Weems
Kevin Kowalski

After the minicamp, I dropped Kowalski from the list with hesitation. With some time to think about it, I put him back on the roster. He can play all three interior line spots.

Defensive line (9)

DeMarcus Ware
Jay Ratliff
Jason Hatcher
Anthony Spencer
Tyrone Crawford
Sean Lissemore
Kyle Wilber
Ben Bass
Nick Hayden

Nick Hayden gets the final spot for now. I wonder if the Cowboys could find a trade partner late in camp if they really like their depth.

Linebackers (6)

Bruce Carter
Sean Lee
Justin Durant
Alex Albright
DeVonte Holloman
Brandon Magee

No change from the minicamp projection, but I wonder if carrying six linebackers is smart, especially as ones as inexperienced as the backups are.

Cornerbacks (5)

Brandon Carr
Morris Claiborne
Orlando Scandrick
B.W. Webb
Sterling Moore

No change from the minicamp projection, but I think the Cowboys will be looking at that final cornerback spot in camp.

Safeties (5)

Barry Church
Will Allen
Matt Johnson
J.J. Wilcox
Danny McCray

I have McCray on the bubble because of his price tag, but he is a terrific special teamer and new coach Rich Bisaccia would want to keep a guy like that. If Jakar Hamilton shows some skills, then he could fight his way into the picture.

Specialists (3)

Dan Bailey
Chris Jones
L.P. Ladouceur

No change from the minicamp projection.

Cowboys add defensive lineman to roster

June, 24, 2013
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IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys signed defensive lineman Jerome Long to take the roster spot of Anthony Hargrove, who was cut last week.

Long took part in the Cowboys’ rookie minicamp on a tryout basis but was not signed. He was a seventh-round pick by Kansas City in 2012 and was signed off the Chiefs’ practice squad late last season by Jacksonville. The Jaguars cut Long in April.

Long, 6-4, 285 pounds, had 69 tackles and five sacks as a senior at San Diego State.

The Cowboys have 13 defensive linemen on the 90-man roster.

Post minicamp look at 53-man roster

June, 17, 2013
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IRVING, Texas – The Cowboys are in the “off” part of the offseason now that the mandatory minicamp is over.

As a result, we offer up another look at the 53-man roster before the team heads to Oxnard, Calif., next month for training camp.

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QUARTERBACKS (2)

Tony Romo
Kyle Orton

There’s no change here, but I can see the Cowboys adding a quarterback for training camp with a better resume than Nick Stephens and Dalton Williams.

RUNNING BACKS (4)

DeMarco Murray
Joseph Randle
Lance Dunbar
Phillip Tanner

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Tim Heitman/USA TODAY SportsRookie Joseph Randle could serve as a true backup to DeMarco Murray with Lance Dunbar as the third-down back.
No change here either. I will be interested to see how Randle works into the mix. If the Cowboys go with a true third-down back, then I think Dunbar gets that role and Randle will work mostly as Murray’s true backup.

TIGHT ENDS (4)

Jason Witten
James Hanna
Gavin Escobar
Dante Rosario

No change here either, although Colin Cochart bears some watching in the battle with Rosario. He did some good things in the offseason and can play some special teams, too. I reiterate my point on the need for a more blocking-oriented tight end behind Witten.

WIDE RECEIVERS (5)

Dez Bryant
Miles Austin
Terrance Williams
Dwayne Harris
Cole Beasley

I debated going with a sixth wide receiver again, but I just don’t see the need with how I expect the offense to be structured this year. That’s not good news for Anthony Armstrong, Danny Coale and whoever else gets in the mix here.

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AP Photo/Brandon WadeKevin Kowalski could be the odd man out on the offensive line.
OFFENSIVE LINE (9)

Tyron Smith
Nate Livings
Travis Frederick
Mackenzy Bernadeau
Doug Free
Jermey Parnell
Phil Costa
Ronald Leary
Darrion Weems

Finally a change on offense. I knocked Kevin Kowalski from the list and did so with hesitation, but he brings a lot of duplication with Costa. And Bernadeau can play center in a pinch. The Cowboys usually go heavy on the offensive line, so I would expect this to go back to 10 during training camp. You’ll see later as to why I dropped down to nine guys.

DEFENSIVE LINE (9)

DeMarcus Ware
Jay Ratliff
Jason Hatcher
Anthony Spencer
Tyrone Crawford
Sean Lissemore
Kyle Wilber
Ben Bass
Nick Hayden

I took Anthony Hargrove off the list and added Ben Bass, who had an excellent minicamp, and Hayden, who has done a nice job on the interior. It’s a little heavy, but Rod Marinelli will have a lot of say on the roster. Bass has the ability to be that “quick-twitch” guy on the interior, but I still think he will have to fight for a job. Hayden’s experience helps him.

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Tim Heitman/USA TODAY SportsThe Cowboys called on Ernie Sims after losing Sean Lee last season, but his spot is up in the air this year.
LINEBACKERS (6)

Bruce Carter
Sean Lee
Justin Durant
Alex Albright
DeVonte Holloman
Brandon Magee

Ernie Sims loses the final spot here, but carrying six linebackers isn’t the smartest of moves. Think of it this way: With the way teams use their nickel defense, the Cowboys will have three linebackers on the field for 45 percent of the snaps, so do they need to have a seventh linebacker who will likely be inactive on game day? I think they can cover themselves from injury by carrying two or three linebackers on the practice squad.

CORNERBACKS (5)

Brandon Carr
Morris Claiborne
Orlando Scandrick
B.W. Webb
Sterling Moore

No change here and if there aren’t any surprise additions, I don’t think this will change during camp, although Brandon Underwood made some plays the final couple of days of minicamp.

SAFETIES (6)

Barry Church
Will Allen
Matt Johnson
J.J. Wilcox
Danny McCray
Jakar Hamilton

McCray is on the bubble for me only because of his price tag. Could they go with four safeties? Seems risky. By going light at linebacker, they’ll need some special teams’ bodies. Hamilton’s chances weren’t helped by a hamstring injury that forced him to miss most of the OTAs and minicamp, but he got the benefit of the doubt.

SPECIALISTS (3)

Dan Bailey
Chris Jones
L.P. Ladouceur

No change here.

Another early look at the Cowboys' roster

June, 10, 2013
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IRVING, Texas – With one rookie minicamp down, 10 organize team activity practices over and the mandatory minicamp starting Tuesday, what better time is there to take an early look at the Cowboys’ 53-man roster?

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Tim MacMahon put together his first projection on May 1, so we bring you the second round here:

QUARTERBACKS (2)

Tony Romo
Kyle Orton

The Cowboys would like to keep a third quarterback, but there isn't one on the current roster worth keeping. They could look for a younger arm to keep after cuts with Orton’s cap number moving to $4.37 million next year.

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AP Photo/James D SmithPhillip Tanner could still be the odd man out, but he's had a strong offseason.
RUNNING BACKS (4)

DeMarco Murray
Joseph Randle
Lance Dunbar
Phillip Tanner

I thought Tanner would be the odd man out, but he has had a strong offseason. The job is not a lock. I believe Kendial Lawrence could give him a run for his money in camp and in the preseason games. The Cowboys really like Dunbar as a third-down back and he could be a pleasant surprise after showing well last year as an undrafted free agent. Lawrence Vickers has to get healthy after back surgery, but the writing appears to be on the wall because of the next position you’ll read about.

TIGHT ENDS (4)

Jason Witten
James Hanna
Gavin Escobar
Dante Rosario

The need for more of a blocking tight end remains, but with the heavy two-tight end sets that are expected, the Cowboys have to go with four tight ends. Rosario has experience and can play some special teams. Hanna has had a good offseason and will be part of packages during the year, even with Escobar being picked in the second round.

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AP Photo/Kevin TerrellCole Beasley can be effective in the slot, but the Cowboys could add another receiver.
WIDE RECEIVERS (5)

Dez Bryant
Miles Austin
Terrance Williams
Dwayne Harris
Cole Beasley

Really thought about going with a sixth receiver, which would be Anthony Armstrong right now. Injuries over the summer could impact the position too. Beasley had a really good week last week but he has limitations. He can be effective in the slot, which is why he is ahead of Armstrong and Jared Green. A guy to keep an eye on is Eric Rogers. He’s caught everything but just doesn’t have great speed.

OFFENSIVE LINE (10)

Tyron Smith
Nate Livings
Travis Frederick
Mackenzy Bernadeau
Doug Free
Jermey Parnell
Phil Costa
Ronald Leary
Kevin Kowalski
Darrion Weems

The first eight picks are pretty easy. The last two are a little more difficult. Kowalski got the edge over Ryan Cook only because of money. Kowalski is set to make $555,000; Cook $1.1 million. Both guys can play center and guard. Weems got the final spot for now, but I think the Cowboys will be scouting hard for players over the summer. They took Weems late last year as a project and he can still play his way into contention.

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DEFENSIVE LINE (8)

DeMarcus Ware
Jay Ratliff
Jason Hatcher
Anthony Spencer
Tyrone Crawford
Sean Lissemore
Anthony Hargrove
Kyle Wilber

I wondered whether I should go with nine linemen here, but kept it at eight. Hargrove is the most intriguing addition. He is believed to be a favorite of Rod Marinelli, so that will help his cause provided he can knock off the rust and get into better shape. Crawford and Wilber have had some good moments in the offseason.

LINEBACKERS (7)

Bruce Carter
Sean Lee
Justin Durant
Alex Albright
DeVonte Holloman
Brandon Magee
Ernie Sims

Sims gets a spot because of his experience and versatility. He can play weakside or middle linebacker. Albright can play strongside and middle and maybe some defensive line if necessary. Holloman and Magee have to be major special teamers. I also considered Tank Reed for one of the final spots, as well as Caleb McSurdy, who could be a short-yardage fullback as well.

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Rick Yeatts/Getty ImagesB.W. Webb isn't quite ready yet to push Orlando Scandrick.
CORNERBACKS (5)

Brandon Carr
Morris Claiborne
Orlando Scandrick
B.W. Webb
Sterling Moore

Moore gets the nod for the final cornerback spot, but it’s hardly a lock. Moore is helped that he can play some safety in a pinch. Brandon Underwood, Devon Smith and Xavier Brewer will be in the mix when things start to get real when the pads come on. The top four corners are set, and don’t expect Webb to push Scandrick out just yet.

SAFETIES (5)

Barry Church
Will Allen
Matt Johnson
J.J. Wilcox
Danny McCray

McCray has been the team’s best special teamer, but at $1.3 million that could be a little pricey in the Cowboys' eyes. Allen is guaranteed $620,000 this year, so he sticks but will have to hold off Johnson for a starting spot. With Allen nursing a hamstring strain, Johnson has worked with the first team and done a decent job. Wilcox has shown he will be around the ball but there is a lot for him to learn.

SPECIALISTS(3)

Dan Bailey
Chris Jones
L.P. Ladouceur

No surprises here. The best thing the Cowboys can do in camp is keep them fresh.

Random thoughts: No Mike Jenkins drama

May, 27, 2013
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We have some random thoughts regarding the Cowboys.

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1. Mike Jenkins is playing with the Oakland Raiders now. But last season he was the drama the Cowboys didn't need last year. Jenkins, recovering from shoulder surgery, staged a mini-protest by refusing to showup to the organized team activities. Now, the OTAs are voluntary, but we all know what that means. Jenkins didn't show up, irked by the Cowboys signing Brandon Carr in free agency and drafting Morris Claiborne in the first round. Jenkins did show up for the mandatory veteran minicamp and all was good. This spring, there is no such drama with the Cowboys as the OTAs take shape. Josh Brent (legal issues) and Lawrence Vickers (recovering from back surgery) are the only Cowboys not around on a regular basis. You could say the only real drama during the OTAs occurred when DeMarco Murray (hamstring) missed the first day of OTAs.

2. The Cowboys are taking a wait-and-see approach with Brent's status on the roster. Brent is on the 90-man roster but isn't showing up during the OTAs, at least during the portions the media is allowed to watch. Brent has a court case in September after being charged with intoxication manslaughter in the death of practice squad player Jerry Brown. The Cowboys are waiting for the NFL to rule on Brent, which won't happen until after his court case concludes. The reality is if Brent goes to jail, the NFL will suspend him during his time away. He won't count anything on the salary cap while in jail. Brent has a base salary of $630,000 something he loses this year and his cap number is $641,889. It's not a lot, but it will come off the books at some point this summer. When Brent is released, the Cowboys will retain his rights.

3. It's easy to rip the Cowboys over their previous drafts. Guess what, stop it for a moment. Take a look at the 2010 draft: Dez Bryant, the 24th overall pick and Sean Lee, the 55th overall selection, are players who will get a second contract from the team, and are projected stars. The team also selected defensive end Sean Lissemore with the 234th pick overall in the draft. Lissemore already has gotten a second contract. Of course, the team selected Brent in the supplemental draft. When you look at that entire class, there are at least four players who became contributors from seven picks. Very good.

4. It's easy to become worried about the future of the defensive line due to the ages of the starters. Only end, Anthony Spencer, is under 30. However, the backups have a future due to their ages. Tyrone Crawford is being groomed as someone who can play end and both tackle spots, Lissemore can play end and Kyle Wilber was moved from outside linebacker to end. Ben Bass and Rob Callaway will also compete for a roster spot. The other good thing about the backups, of the players mentioned, Callaway and Lissemore, are the oldest at 25. The other defensive linemen on the 90-man roster are also under 30, with the youngest being, a veteran, 29-year old Anthony Hargrove.

5. One of the biggest problems with moving the NFL draft into May is taking NFL personnel people away from their families and spending more time with someone else's child. The NFL offseason is long and grueling, everyone needs a break. I'm afraid too much time with college prospects could lead to mistakes because as one Cowboys officials told me last week, sometimes you can have too much information. Another problem with it, in regards to the Cowboys, is Jerry Jones. He values that end of season grade scouts places on prospective prospects. When it comes to draft time, Jones, sometimes leans on his coaches instead of the scouts. You have to wonder if Jones sided with the coaches over the scouts when it came to the first-round of the draft last month. Did the scouts want end Sharrif Floyd or tight end Tyler Eifert because they were highly-regarded on the board? Did the coaches say Floyd didn't fit the scheme? More time also gives the coaches more tape to study of prospective players. It's good to have as many voices as possible when it comes to the draft, but then again, maybe not.
IRVING, Texas -- Newly signed defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove missed the 2012 season because of his role in Bountygate.

While Hargrove's status with the NFL is settled, he still has a pending injury lawsuit against the NFL. According to Pro Football Talk, the lawsuit, filed in a New York federal court, says Hargrove suffered "from permanent injuries, including, but not limited to, severe headaches, memory loss, depression, isolation, mental anguish and diminished self-esteem" from playing football.

There were rumblings that Hargrove wouldn't get signed by a NFL team because of the lawsuit.

"Can't comment on that," he said. "It is what it is. I'm here to play ball and I'm going to try and do my best and not let anything outside of that hinder me getting on this field and playing."

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett didn't have a problem signing Hargrove, citing his ability to play all three defensive line spots.

Hargrove didn't work out during the first day of organized team activities Tuesday because the goal is to get him in condition first. But Hargrove is confident he'll make some plays for defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin once he returns to the field.

"I think very highly of him," Hargrove said. "They play a style of defense that I was born into in this National Football League, so I’m excited to be a part of it. He doesn’t want us to think too much, just play fast, and that works best for me."

Dallas Cowboys defensive line thoughts

May, 17, 2013
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The Dallas Cowboys' signing of defensive lineman Anthony Hargrove on Thursday got buried under the at-long-last resolution of the Doug Free matter. But as Calvin Watkins writes on ESPNDallas.com, it says something about where the Cowboys are in terms of their defensive line. As Dallas transitions to a 4-3 front this year, there has been some concern raised about depth. The starting quartet of DeMarcus Ware, Anthony Spencer, Jason Hatcher and Jay Ratliff appears very good, but should one of those guys get injured or need a rest, things get dicey behind them. That's where Hargrove comes in, as the Cowboys believe he can play end or tackle on a 4-3 line.

But Hargrove is going to turn 30 before the start of the season, and since the team didn't address the defensive line in the draft, it's worth wondering about the future there, as Calvin does in his post. Spencer and Hatcher could both conceivably be gone next year. Ratliff's about to turn 32 and always seems to be banged up. Ware has worn down a bit toward the end of recent seasons, and a move up to the line could exacerbate that. Calvin lists Tyrone Crawford, Sean Lissemore, Rob Callaway and Kyle Wilber as young defensive linemen who could factor into the starting mix as early as next year. Lissemore is the most proven of that group, but one of the interesting subplots on the defensive line in Dallas this year will be whether any of them can show enough to instill confidence that they'll play significant roles in the future. The extent to which any or all of them do will affect what the Cowboys do about the defensive line next offseason.

In the meantime, I agree with Calvin that the Cowboys' defensive line appears to have been built for 2013 success without much of an eye toward what lies beyond. You can't fix every problem every offseason, and much of the Cowboys' draft this year was focused on offense due to their belief that they'll be better on defense with better health. Look for defensive line to be a major focus in the 2014 offseason, regardless of the way 2013 goes.
The Thursday signing of Anthony Hargrove to a one-year deal adds depth to the Dallas Cowboys' defensive line, but not youth.

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Currently, three of the four projected starting linemen are at least 30, and defensive end Anthony Spencer is 29.

Hargrove turns 30 in July.

Where's the youth?

The Cowboys didn't address the defensive line in the draft but did so in free agency with the signing of Hargrove.

The backups on the Cowboys' roster consist of young players such as Tyrone Crawford, Sean Lissemore, Rob Callaway and Kyle Wilber. Those are young players who could become starters in 2014.

Jason Hatcher is in the final year of his contract, and he turns 31 in July.

Spencer, who doesn't turn 30 until next January, is playing on the franchise tag and talks have slowed down regarding a new deal. Hatcher and Spencer could play elsewhere in 2014.

As for Jay Ratliff, the defensive tackle who will battle centers and guards this season, he will turn 32 in August. Do you remember the man Ratliff replaced? Jason Ferguson was 32 when he suffered an arm injury early in the 2007 season, opening the door for Ratliff to become the full-time starter. Health and age dooms NFL players all the time.

Ratliff is coming off an injury-filled 2012 season and it's assumed this could be his last season with the Cowboys given his age and how his health betrayed him last season.

DeMarcus Ware isn't going anywhere. Ware, however, turns 31 in July and is coming back from shoulder surgery and a dislocated elbow.

Age isn't on the Cowboys' side when it comes to the defensive line. While it's good to have Hargrove provide depth as someone who can play end and tackle in the 4-3, the future is uncertain for this position.

Based on the offseason moves by the Cowboys, the defensive line is geared for the here and now, not for the future. The Cowboys had a chance to address the defensive line in the draft but expressed support for what they currently have.

That's fine, but at some point youth must take over.

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