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Monday, February 7, 2011
Cowboys can release players starting today

By Calvin Watkins

The business of the NFL never stops, and today is the first time teams can start releasing players.

The collective bargaining agreement expires March 3 and, if no agreement is reached, league business stops. If the Cowboys or any other team doesn't want a player, the clock is ticking to get it done.

A team source didn't expect any roster moves coming today.

Players can also get franchised, according to the league. But union officials said teams can't do that, so there remains a dispute.

The Cowboys have 13 free agents, and it hasn't been determined who is unrestricted and restricted.

The unlucky or lucky 13 are: Alan Ball, Alex Barron, Stephen Bowen, Doug Free, Chris Greisen, Jason Hatcher, Jesse Holley, Sam Hurd, Kyle Kosier, Bryan McCann, Gerald Sensabaugh, Marcus Spears and Leon Williams.

Now there are a few players who could be on the chopping block for any number of reasons, whether it's production or a cost-cutting move.

Those players are: Marion Barber, Roy Williams, David Buehler, Marc Colombo, Andre Gurode, Leonard Davis, Keith Brooking, Terence Newman and Igor Olshansky.

There will be more than 400 free agents, for now, unless something changes within the rules of a new CBA that would lower that number.

The Cowboys have some hard decisons. They also have the ninth pick of the NFL draft, which also could affect who could remain on the roster.