Cowboys News Links: Laurent Robinson Still In Play?

Phil Sears-US PRESSWIRE

A quick update on some news items related to the Dallas Cowboys.

Now that the Cowboys have got some money to play with in free agency, the question is will they spend it, and who would they spend it on? One player they could look at is Laurent Robinson, who is still unsigned. Robinson was a smash hit for the Cowboys in 2011 and parlayed that into a big contract with Jacksonville. But after a season that included concussion problems and ankle issues, he's back on the market. Robinson has injury red flags all over him, but Stephen Jones says the Cowboys will do their homework.

But he developed such a strong rapport with quarterback Tony Romo, especially in the red zone, that he remains an option once the club does have money to spend. "Obviously, he played lights out and we tried to sign him last year and his price got more than we could handle under our cap,’’ executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "But obviously things change from year-to-year. We’ve got to look at the big picture with Laurent. He had some injuries that we’re going to be doing our homework on and be going from there.’’

As much as I liked Robinson, his concussion problems are scary. I'd probably use the money elsewhere.

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Speaking of free agent wide receivers, I found this article interesting from a San Diego paper concerning Michael Spurlock.

[Special teams coach Rich] Bisaccia, in his first year with Dallas, recruited Spurlock to Ole Miss out of high school. Bisaccia left for the Buccaneers, where Spurlock later joined him. Bisaccia left for the Chargers, where Spurlock followed. The 30-year-old kick returner, mainly a quarterback in college, earned his way onto the roster each time. His combination of ability and health helped him fit onto the Week 1 roster last year despite the Chargers’ presence of returners Eddie Royal and Richard Goodman. Wide receiver Vincent Brown was out at the time with a broken ankle. Spurlock more than proved his place. He became the first player in franchise history to return a kickoff and punt for touchdowns in consecutive weeks. On the season, he caught 23 of 29 passes for 200 yards, keying a December win in Pittsburgh with seven catches on seven targets for 64 yards. The first five receptions were third-down conversions. Spurlock would add depth behind Cowboys wide receiver and kickoff returner Dwayne Harris. The team released wide receiver Anthony Armstrong this week, and it is without running back Felix Jones, a free agent who returned 11 kickoffs in 2012.

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It looks like it's down to Jacksonville and Oakland for the services of Mike Jenkins.

Dallas Cowboys free agent cornerback Mike Jenkins has a contract offer from the Jacksonville Jaguars, but he plans to visit the Oakland Raiders before he makes any decision regarding his future, according to a source.

Also, ex-Cowboys Kenyon Coleman will join Rob Ryan (and Victor Butler) in New Orleans.

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In case you missed it, Josh Brent's trial date has been set.

Dallas Cowboys football player Josh Brent faces a Sept. 23 trial on a charge of intoxication manslaughter after he was involved in a vehicular accident that killed teammate Jerry Brown. "That’s the date," Debbie Denmon, a spokeswoman for Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins, said yesterday in a phone interview.

We knew he wouldn't be playing anytime soon anyway.

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