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The first day of free agency is over and things will probably slow down a little on Day 2. With that, we review what we heard, saw and talked about Tuesday night and preview what could happen down the line.

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The loss of John Phillips: The Cowboys lost their backup tight end to the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday. Phillips was part of that dreadful 2009 class that produced very little for the Cowboys. Only free agent linebacker Victor Butler remains, and he's drawn interest from the New York Jets. Losing Phillips isn't a big deal because James Hanna has more upside as a solid pass-catching tight end. The Cowboys are in need of a blocking tight end, and this is where drafting someone in the late rounds could be important.

Chase Blackburn vs. Kevin Burnett: The Cowboys released backup inside linebacker Dan Connor because he refused to take a pay cut. The Cowboys are in the market for another one and like middle linebacker Blackburn, who started 15 games last season for the New York Giants at middle linebacker. He finished second on the Giants with 97 tackles and had eight tackles for loss and seven quarterback hits. He also had three sacks and six pass breakups. If signed, Blackburn, an eight-year pro, would be a nice backup for Sean Lee at the inside linebacker spot. But what about Burnett? The former Cowboys linebacker was released by the Miami Dolphins on Tuesday and might be a nice pickup to start at that vacant outside linebacker position. Burnett, who started 16 games for the Dolphins last season at one of the outside linebacker positions in the Dolphins' 3-4 scheme, would like a return to Dallas. He was credited with 109 total tackles (second on the team), picked up 2 1/2 sacks, five tackles for loss and five quarterback hits. Who would you rather have, Blackburn or Burnett?

Martellus Bennett goes to Chicago: The tight end signed a four-year, $20 million deal with the Chicago Bears. He's come a long way since his days in Dallas, when he fumed at times for not getting enough passes thrown his way. Bennett had an excellent season for the Giants and, while they wanted him to return, the Bears had a need at the position. One of the biggest problems with Bennett in Dallas was his lack of maturity and the Cowboys' inability to know how to use him. Bennett's career is summed up this way in Dallas: He caught four touchdown passes his rookie season (2008) and none the next three seasons. He caught five TD passes during his one year with the Giants. He's a good blocking tight end, something the Cowboys need, and he's athletic enough to make plays on the field. We'll see how Bennett does with Jay Cutler.

Jenkins and Jones drawing interest: Free agent cornerback Mike Jenkins and running back Felix Jones didn't have any visits the first day of free agency. But with the biggest day of this period over with, both are starting to draw interest. The former first-round picks, especially Jones, need to prove to NFL teams that they can stay healthy for an entire season and are willing to accept backup roles. It will be interesting to see if Jenkins, a former Pro Bowler, gets a two- or three-year contract to become a starter or maybe gets his role changed to possibly get snaps at safety, where he played some in 2012.

The good news: The Cowboys couldn't participate Tuesday because they have just $175,000 in cap space. Anthony Spencer signed his franchise tender, and the team can continue having talks with their defensive end about a long-term deal. Also, if the team can finalize a new long-term deal with Tony Romo, it'll lower his salary cap number from $16.8 million and open the door for the Cowboys to sign some second-tier free agents.

Should the Cowboys trade Felix Jones?

October, 29, 2012
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday and it might be time for the Cowboys to take some calls regarding running back Felix Jones.

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If any calls are coming in.

Jones participated on 62 offensive snaps on Sunday, and carried the ball 13 times for 19 yards in the Cowboys loss to the New York Giants.

Jones carried the ball just five times during the second-half comeback where the Cowboys rallied from 23 points down to take a 24-23 lead, only to eventually lose it.

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While Jason Garrett is being questioned for not running the ball enough in the game, 17 runs total, it's his lack of trust in Jones that speaks volumes.

Late in the game, faced with a second-and-one from the Giants 19, Garrett called a pass play, an incompletion from Tony Romo to Jason Witten.

On third-and-one Romo fired an incomplete pass to Kevin Ogletree in the end zone.

Fourth down, Romo scrambled out of the pocket and threw an interception with 1:03 to play.

Three short down-and-distance situations and the Cowboys former first-round pick in Jones, didn't get any carries. He was on the field for those plays running routes underneath. Now he does have a bruised knee and was listed as questionable on the injury report last week. He started and wasn't a presence the Cowboys needed in the run game.

Jones' fumble with 6:40 left as his team trailed 26-24, was the fifth turnover of the day and the last run of the day for the Cowboys.

That fumble might have given Garrett pause to call Jones' name again to get a carry.

After what we've seen from Jones this year, inconsistent play and trouble with his conditioning, it might be time to move on from him.

If starting running back DeMarco Murray can return this week from a foot sprain, the Cowboys should elevate Phillip Tanner and Lance Dunbar over Jones.

Trading Jones won't be easy. He's coming off shoulder surgery, and while it hasn't been a problem, his health has been in the past. The good news for the Cowboys is Jones is in the final year of his contract and it's doubtful the team wants to extend him long-term. Jones has shown flashes of speed and that ability to make defenders miss, but inconsistency is attached to that.

But if Sunday told us anything, Jones' days with the Cowboys are coming to an end, sooner than expected.

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