Will 2012 finally be Ogletree's breakout year with the Cowboys?
The Cowboys have agreed to terms with free agent wide receiver Kevin Ogletree on a one-year deal.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 16, 2012
Kevin Ogletree arrived in Dallas as a undrafted free agent in 2009. He was brought to Dallas by John Garrett, who was Ogletree's wide receiver coach in Virginia.
As a rookie, Ogletree settled in as one of the team’s kickoff returners, finishing the season second on the team with eight returns for 166 yards, while also seeing time in multiple receiver sets to finish with seven catches for 96 yards. He only saw action in six games in his second season as he was inactive for seven games and missed the final three while on IR with a toe injury.
Last season, he played 280 snaps in 14 games, recording 15 receptions for 164 yards. Before the season, there was hope that he would advance to become the Cowboys' third receiver, but with the emergence of Laurent Robinson, that never happened. He'll get one more chance with the Cowboys to prove that he has what it takes to be the third guy, but he'll likely face strong competition from some of the other young guys on the roster, as well as potential other offseason acquisitions.
The move indicates that the Cowboys coaching staff may see something in Ogletree that he wasn't yet able to show on the field in the last three years, but it does leave many fans scratching their heads.
Ogletree is already the eighth free agent the Cowboys have signed in the last four days, and he may not be the last free agent the Cowboys will sign.