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Rebuilding plan in place, but holes remain By MAC ENGEL

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  1. CrazyCowboy

    CrazyCowboy Well-Known Member

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    Rebuilding plan in place, but holes remain

    By MAC ENGEL

    Star-Telegram Staff Writer

    One day after the Cowboys stole nearly every national sports headline, the noise from the Terrell Owens signing was still shaking the eardrums of the sports nation.
    A sports nation that normally focuses on the NCAA Tournament, NASCAR or the NBA was distracted by the former Eagle landing on the blue star.
    In Philadelphia, the sports media birds chirped that the Cowboys improved while the Eagles did not. A poll conducted by ESPN that included almost 200,000 voters was split down the middle that the Cowboys were better off with T.O.
    So unless you were paying extra attention and didn't get totally sucked in by the T.O. tractor beam, you might have missed that on Saturday the Cowboys nearly finished addressing their off-season to-do list. With a need here and there remaining, the Cowboys can now begin the process of sweating the draft.
    "You knew [Cowboys owner/general manager] Jerry Jones had something up his sleeve," Cowboys linebacker Bradie James said. "For the first little while it had been real quiet. Then, bam! It took a little while, but you knew he was going to do something."
    With a receiver, linebacker, right tackle and left guard all signed, there are a few remaining needs. The team needs a backup defensive tackle to replace La'Roi Glover. It needs a safety. It probably needs another linebacker. The Cowboys might elect to sign a veteran for any of the above, but will likely try the draft to address all three spots.
    But the biggest box un-checked on the off-season to-do list is to find a new kicker. Jones insisted they will pay a veteran this off-season rather than hope for the best with a cheap, unproven toe. The Cowboys, however, don't want to set the market for one. Ryan Longwell seemed to be the kicker they wanted, but he signed with the Vikings. Matt Bryant re-signed with the Buccaneers.
    That leaves Adam Vinatieri and Mike Vanderjagt, neither of whom will come cheap. The Dolphins might release Olindo Mare, whom the Cowboys might find more affordable.
    There is also the issue of what to do with veteran left guard Larry Allen. He is due a $2 million roster bonus on April 1, and it's highly doubtful the Cowboys will pay it. They could ask him to restructure his contract, but he will have to take a major pay cut to stay with the only NFL team he's known.
    "Those are things we are discussing. Larry has had a great career here and he's still on this team," Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones said. "Those are things we continue to take a look at as far as our cap situation as we move forward."
    As the Cowboys move forward, there are fewer issues they have to consider. They have taken care of nearly everything they wanted to and stole most of the headlines, too.
    ONOLINE: dallascowboys.com
    WRIN: Terrell Owens
    OUT: Keyshawn Johnson
    An improvement in talent, but a serious debate of character.
    RTIN: Jason Fabini
    OUT: Rob Petitti
    The Cowboys still like Petitti as a backup, but Fabini is a major upgrade.
    LGIN: Kyle Kosier
    OUT: Larry Allen
    Allen hasn't been cut yet, but no one expects the Cowboys to pay their Pro Bowler big money again.
    LBIN: Akin Ayodele OUT: Scott Fujita
    Not a sexy signing, but an upgrade.
    TEIN: Ryan Hannam OUT: Dan Campbell
    A blocking tight end for another blocking tight end.
    Still looking for ...
    Kicker: The Cowboys don't want to break the bank on a kicker, but might have to.
    Defensive tackle: The Cowboys need a backup after losing La'Roi Glover, and they might draft one.
    Free safety: The Cowboys want an upgrade over Keith Davis.
  2. hipfake08

    hipfake08 Well-Known Member

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    DT seems to me the direction we will take in the draft.
    Not the big splash approce. But - something.

    Unless they feel that there is a deep draft in DT's available.
    Where they would then go after a WR.
  3. jterrell

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    Dallas has drafted starters in round 1 then went best talent.

    In round 1 I can be fairly certian they will select an OLB/FS.
    They may move up or down to do so but they have pinpointed guys and areas where they can be helped and IMHO thats why the round 1 guys have been successful. In round 2 they have been taking talent but not factoring in everything else like playing for Parcells who abuses rookies.

    DT will get looks after round 1 imho as they expect that guy to play some as backup but not to start.
  4. speedkilz88

    speedkilz88 Well-Known Member

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    I think the logical order is:

    1st-SOLB(good chance of a trade down to get a 4th or better)
    2nd-FS
    3rd-wr or ol(maybe nt if there)
    5th-ol or wr
  5. trueblue1687

    trueblue1687 Well-Known Member

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    Nice post. I would love to have another big, fats OLB like Carpenter...maybe Lawson (with a bit of weight added). I agree with NT although if not through the draft, what about Pat Williams...just haven't looked at his status, but isn't he a UFA? I know he's older, but he could serve a purpose for a year or two if available (back-up or rotation player).

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