News: ESPND: Archer: Cowboys make splash in free agency

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    Complacency wasn't option for club Jerry Jones has Super Bowl aspirations for

    Updated: March 16, 2012, 12:46 AM ET
    By Todd Archer |

    IRVING, Texas -- When Jerry Jones said at the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis just three or so weeks ago that the Dallas Cowboys had a chance to compete for a Super Bowl, the comment was met with near disgust, not just an eye roll.

    Many assumed the Cowboys owner and general manager had hit the heights of delusion. After all, the Cowboys had just missed the playoffs for the third time in four years and saw their NFC East rival New York Giants win their second Super Bowl in five years.

    They have signed six free agents, with cornerback Brandon Carr being the big fish at five years, $50.1 million. The rest of the signings -- Kyle Orton, Mackenzy Bernadeau, Lawrence Vickers, Brodney Pool and Dan Connor -- are not sexy, but sexy doesn't sell in free agency all the time.

    The Cowboys systematically followed a plan they had before free agency began.

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