Time to churn the roster

The Cowboys will workout wide receiver Laurent Robinson at Valley Ranch and this is good news.

This is nothing against the current corps of receivers behind Miles Austin and Dez Bryant, but it sends a message that was lacking at Valley Ranch.

Players have gotten to relaxed in their positions on the team and new coach Jason Garrett wants to stop that. If anything, the team releasing five-time Pro Bowler Andre Gurode and backup guard Montrae Holland, after he received a $500,000 roster bonus, should be message enough.

"You would like to think that business doesn't affect the personnel decisions that you make," Garrett said. "We understand that they do affect the decisions you make. We try to make it as clean as we can in terms of evaluating our players to what they have done. We try to keep business matters and previous success or failures out of it as much as we can and watch them play and see how they can help us now and in the future."

If you don't come in shape, which was the case with Gurode and Holland, then you might get cut. If the team can find an upgrade at your position, the case with Kenyon Coleman taking over for Igor Olshansky at defensive end, it will happen.

The Cowboys didn't churn the bottom of the roster much under Wade Phillips. Once they were Cowboys, they stayed that way. But now, Garrett wants players on their toes. He wants players who are hungry and are buying into the team-first concept of being prepared to play.

It doesn't matter if the Cowboys don't sign Robinson, it lets players such as Jesse Holley, Kevin Ogletree and Dwayne Harris know, spots are not guaranteed.

It makes them hungry and it creates competition, something Garrett wants.