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Saturday, March 16, 2013
NFC East leaving Cowboys behind in free agency

By Calvin Watkins

Heading into the weekend, the Cowboys lost three free agents and haven't signed any.

The Cowboys did a lot to get under the salary cap. Currently they're $175,000 under the $123 million limit.

When you look at the rest of the NFC East, the Cowboys are getting left behind.

The Philadelphia Eagles signed eight players, New York Giants inked four and the Washington Redskins one in free agency. It's interesting the Redskins have signed anyone given their own salary cap issues.

When you look at all the signings, the best one, from within the division, comes from the Eagles, who signed cornerback Cary Williams from the Baltimore Ravens.

Last season, Williams was tied for the team-lead with four interceptions and he led the Ravens with 17 pass breakups.

It seems the Eagles are determined to upgrade a secondary that allowed 7.6 yards per game, since they added safety Kenny Phillips and cornerback Bradley Fletcher.

The Cowboys' upgrades will come from the injured players who missed a bulk of the season -- such as Sean Lee, Bruce Carter and Jay Ratliff -- and the NFL Draft.