Quiet free agent weekend for Cowboys

March, 7, 2010
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The Cowboys have done nothing in free agency.

It's not a big deal because the team normally doesn't make a splash the first day, or even the first weekend, of free agency.

The last time the Cowboys made news with free agency was 2006, Bill Parcells' first season, when six players were signed. Only one of those players, Kyle Kosier, is still with the team. Kicker Mike Vanderjagt is out of the league, and Akin Ayodele was recently cut by the Dolphins.

The Cowboys were not going to become major players in this market.

They weren't going to go after Julius Peppers, who signed with the Bears.

You could ask why the Cowboys wouldn't go after Brandon Marshall, a player they like. Well, the team is already committed close to $13 million in guaranteed money to wide receiver Roy Williams, whether he's on the team or not. So, why get Marshall?

Antonio Cromartie's name was floated about in terms of a trade with the Cowboys. To get Cromartie, the rumors had the Cowboys giving up one of their three running backs, something team vice president Stephen Jones said wasn't going to happen. The Chargers ended up sending Cromartie to the Jets for a future third-round pick that could become a second-round pick.

Jerry Jones believes that the 2009 draft class, a disappointment due to the injuries it suffered, will bounce back and the upcoming draft is a place where this team can get younger and better.

Will the Cowboys sign somebody in free agency? Sure, but not right now.
Calvin Watkins joined ESPNDallas.com in September 2009. He's covered the Cowboys since 2006 and also has covered colleges, boxing and high school sports.

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