Tim MacMahon over at DMN Blog writes up a summary of Cowboys
free agents for 2008
I thought he did an excellent job and agree with his entire list. Check it out below.
- RB Marion "The Barbarian" Barber -- He's a restricted free agent, so the Cowboys can and almost certainly will match any offer he gets. They could slap the highest tender on him, but you really don't want to risk losing Barber after this season. Something in the five-year, $25-30 million range sounds about right.
- FS Ken Hamlin -- He proved his worth by playing for the relative bargain of $2 million and change this season. Expect the Cowboys to give him the multi-year deal he wanted last year.
- LT Flozell Adams -- Say what you want about the false-start penalties, but do you want an unproven player protecting Tony Romo's blind side? Didn't think so. Let's give Flo a three-year deal at fair-market value, which is in the neighborhood of $6 million per year for left tackles.
- DE Chris Canty -- He's restricted, too, and the Cowboys would probably have to put a first-round tender on him to be safe. A deal like the one Jay Ratliff signed (five years, $20.5 million) would make sense.
- L.P. Ladouceur -- You might not have heard of him, and that's a good thing for the long snapper. Keep him at the veteran's minimum.
SS/special teamer Keith Davis, CB Jacques Reeves and CB Nate Jones are guys who would be welcomed back at reasonable (read: cheap) rates. But it should be a priority to bump Reeves and Jones down a spot on the depth chart, either by drafting a corner in the first round or by tapping into a rich free-agent cornerback market (Marcus Trufant, Asante Samuel, Nnamdi Asomugha).
Wave bye-bye to RB Julius Jones, as if there was any doubt after he was benched for the playoffs. Getting a big-play back to partner with Barber will be a priority (second-round pick?).