RFA plan: Only Tony Fiammetta to be tendered


IRVING, Texas -- Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones hinted last week at the NFL scouting combine that the team would not tender every restricted free agent this offseason.

According to a source, the only restricted free agent the Cowboys plan to tender an offer to will be fullback Tony Fiammetta.

By not extending the tender to the other two restricted free agents, wide receiver Kevin Ogletree or quarterback Chris Greisen will be free to sign anywhere else. It is possible the Cowboys could re-sign Ogletree at a lower salary.

Fiammetta is expected to receive the $1.26 million tender, which would give the Cowboys the right of first refusal. If a team signed Fiammetta and the Cowboys chose not to match, they would receive a fourth-round in return because that’s the round Carolina selected him in 2009.

Ogletree was given every chance to win the No. 3 receiver spot last preseason but never took advantage and was surpassed by Laurent Robinson, who ended up leading the Cowboys with 11 touchdowns. Ogletree made the roster as an undrafted free agent from Virginia in 2009 and showed flashes of ability to think the Cowboys had another find.

He caught 25 passes for 294 yards in 31 games. He also handled some punt and kick return duties.

Fiammetta played in 10 games and helped change the fortunes of the Cowboys’ running game along with DeMarco Murray as a solid lead blocker. He missed four games with an illness later in the season but returned for the final four games.