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Friday, March 15, 2013
Lack of cap space could be a positive

By Calvin Watkins

With the exception of Anthony Spencer, the Cowboys will not be able to retain any of their unrestricted free agents.

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On Friday, wide receiver Kevin Ogletree signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Other free agents, including tight end John Phillips, running back Felix Jones and cornerback Mike Jenkins, have signed with or appear headed to other teams.

This is not a bad thing for the Cowboys. Those players were ineffective and dealt with injuries during their time with the team.

Yes, Jenkins was a Pro Bowler, but after he missed voluntary workouts in 2012 (while recovering from major shoulder surgery), he fell out of favor with team officials. Jones' health and his own inconsistencies have led to his apparent departure.

Phillips was an average tight end, who never seemed to regain his form after tearing his ACL. Phillips signed a contract with San Diego.

The Cowboys started the offseason more than $20 million over the salary cap. After restructuring contracts and releasing players, Dallas had just $175,000 in cap space when the new league year started Tuesday.

This might be a good thing because it allows Jerry Jones not to worry about making a splash in free agency and instead focus on building the team through the draft.
There is a positive in all of this: The Cowboys can finally start making moves, not in free agency, but the draft.