Jason Garrett sees young core growing

IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys’ best players came in during the Bill Parcells’ era: Tony Romo, Jason Witten, DeMarcus Ware, Jay Ratliff and Miles Austin.

From 2007-09, the Cowboys have had just one Pro Bowler, cornerback Mike Jenkins, who made it in 2009 as an injury replacement. The players left from those draft classes or signed as undrafted free agents could be thinned out even more in 2012 because of free agency.

But Jason Garrett sees a younger core coming up the ranks that can supplement Romo, Witten, Ware, Ratliff and Austin over the short-term to make the Cowboys competitive.

“When you think about some of the younger guys we’ve added to our program in the last couple of years we do believe there’s another level coming,” Garrett said. “You think about Sean Lee, you think about Dez Bryant, you add Tyron Smith, DeMarco Murray and some of these guys that we drafted, they can be the cornerstones of our team as we go forward. To add those to the more veteran guys that we mentioned who are really some of the elite players in the league, we feel like there is a foundation that’s been developed throughout our team. But you have to get better throughout your team. You always have to create competition to make the bottom of your roster better at every position. You create competition. Whether it’s creating competition to make those individual guys better or just to allow the new guy to come in and step into his place hopefully in the end that’s going to make your overall team better.”