Cowboys Bracing To Lose Free Agents

The Cowboys’ list of pending free agents is rife with talented players, including cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox, and wide receiver Terrance Williams, but Dallas might not be able to retain many (if any) of their unsigned free agents, as Clarence Hill of the Star-Telegram reports the Cowboys “could lose them all.”Terrance Williams (Vertical)

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At present, the Cowboys rank last in the league with just $3.3MM in cap space, and as such, don’t figure to be aggressive in the early goings of free agency, per Hill, who adds Dallas will “let the market come back to them.” At wideout, the Cowboys won’t be a factor in the Williams sweepstakes if his value approaches the $7MM range (as is expected), but the club will attempt to re-sign fellow free agent pass-catcher Brice Butler if the price is right.

In the secondary, the Cowboys won’t retain both Carr and Claiborne and could potentially lose both, while Church will also price himself out of Dallas’ range if he lands a contract north of $7MM (Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reported $5MM as the Church sweet spot earlier today). The Cowboys are reportedly open to starting Jeff Heath at safety opposite Byron Jones, per Hill, which lessens the need to re-sign either Church or Wilcox.

Dallas still plans to target a wide receiver and pass rusher this offseason, but owner Jerry Jones believes those needs can be addressed either through the draft or the second wave of free agency, according to Hill.

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7 comments on “Cowboys Bracing To Lose Free Agents

  1. CursedRangers

    All C level players. None are difference makers. Cowboys cap space does suck though.

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    • GeauxRangers

      I feel like the difference that they made will quickly be noticed if the Cowboys try to replace them with a bunch of spares. I am confident in Scandrick and Brown being able to produce at corner but hopefully we can hold onto Wilcox and Butler on cheap deals.

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    • GeauxRangers

      Yes the offensive juggernaut that is Eli Manning taking three steps and chucking the ball while getting destroyed because he has nobody to block for him.

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  2. Z-A

    While I love that they got Zeke…. Cowboys will yet again need a CB in this draft. How the passed round after round on Jalen Mills baffles me, would have been a cheap and quality pick in the later rounds. They need to grab at least one DB in the 1st… Tabor, Peppers, Humphrey, Jones, Wilson.

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    • GeauxRangers

      They took Anthony Brown in the 6th who is also a starting caliber CB…

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      • Z-A

        Brown isn’t bad for the round selection , but every year we’re talking no depth in the secondary no? And I bring up Mills b/c he was a 7th rounder. We wasted picks on Darius Jackson RB – not a need, Rico Gathers TE – not a need. If they are going to take a chance on an up-side guy, I want it to to be continually on the defense… like Jaylon Smith.

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