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Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Stephen Jones says Cowboys looking at Eric Winston

By Calvin Watkins

Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on 105.3 FM Tuesday that the team is looking at free agent tackle Eric Winston.

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The Cowboys are in the exploratory stages and have not opened contract talks with Winston.

"He's obviously somebody we're taking a look at," Jones said. "We certainly hadn't dismissed Doug (Free). We felt like when we went to rotating him and Jermey Parnell, he really picked up his game in terms of the competition, not to mention the fact I think he got some clarity as to what Bill Callahan was after. So I think there's some interesting prospects there between what we have and what we could get, and obviously the interior part of our line, the same thing holds true. We had some injuries, and after one year under Bill and what may happen in the draft, we'll just have to see what happens."

The Cowboys have options with Free. They can release him, which would open up $7 million in salary cap space after June 1, or offer him a pay cut.

Winston said in an interview on Sirius/XM that he is looking for a contract that averages $3-4 million per season. It's unknown if the Cowboys, with a little more than $5 million under the salary cap, are willing to go to that figure.

Of course, based on the best player available theme, the Cowboys might draft a tackle in the first round to compete for the starting right tackle spot.