It's been well documented that the Cowboys are about as tight against the cap as any team can be. It's been equally well documented that the Cowboys have three main levers with which they can get under the cap: Signing Tony Romo to an extension, finding a way to have Doug Free count less against the cap and signing Anthony Spencer to a contract extension.
Mike Fisher of 105.3 The Fan reports that the Cowboys are working on the latter option, and are trying to get a deal done with Spencer:
Source tells me SJones burned midnight oil last night/this am trying to work #Cowboys contract ideas on Anthony Spencer.— mike fisher (@fishsports) March 22, 2013
Getting a deal done in the next couple of days could help the Cowboys start filling some of the holes on their roster with affordable veterans.
One of those veterans could be former Jets right guard Brandon Moore. The 32-year old Moore started nine consecutive seasons for the Jets and made the Pro Bowl in 2011. In 2012, Pro Football Focus graded him as the fourth best guard in the league with a cumulative grade of +21.3. The Cowboys starting right guard, Mackenzy Bernadeau ranked 50th with a cumulative season grade of -4.0, although that grade excludes two highly forgettable games playing center (-6.8 grade for two games).
We wrote earlier today that the Cowboys were "interested" in Moore, and it looks like that interest became a little more concrete over the course of the day. NFL.com, quoting Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, is reporting that Moore has a meeting with the Cowboys and Lions coming up after he previously visited the Dolphins but left South Beach without a deal.
The Cowboys have repeatedly stated that they want to address their most pressing needs via free agency in order to approach the draft without needing to draft for a specific need. Moore would help address what many see as one of the Cowboys biggest needs, but the Cowboys need to create cap space first. Looks like they're trying to do just that.