The NFL calendar follows the same cycle each year. Once the season ends, teams try to fill as many holes as possible through free agency. If a team is smart, and depending on their salary cap budget, they'll buy young in the first stages of free agency.
The NFL career is relatively short, most players aren't going to be at the peak of their career by the end of their second contract, much less their third. So smart teams will not pay big money to players that will be too far on the other side of 30 when the contract ends.
After all, picking big money free agents from other teams might be a bigger crap shoot than the draft is.
But after that initial wave, you generally see the action slow to a crawl as the draft nears. There comes a balance point where teams would rather try to fill their remaining holes via young, unproven talent. That talent comes with maximum length futures that they can purchased at wholesale costs, as opposed to retail costs of veteran free agency; even if at a discount.
And now that the draft is over, and teams have a clear picture of what they are taking to training camp, free agency begins again. Now all of those 30 and over vets that have been sitting around resting their weary bones are going to be getting calls. Here's a list of who is waiting by the phone. Rankings via Rotoworld.com
There isn't much reason for Dallas to examine this list; they still have Kyle Orton on the roster for now, and have two camp arms (or more) in Brandon Weeden and Caleb Hanie. Mix in the rookie UDFAs and not much need here. Looking at the names available, that's cause for a sigh of relief.
The Cowboys didn't draft a running back to replace Phillip Tanner, but did sign a couple after the draft. Could they look to carry four, and if so would it be a vet?
Dallas drafted a wideout which would leave them set, and the depth of the draft dropped two guys with draftable grades to fall to them in UDFA in L'Damian Washington and Chris Boyd. Still though, it's a passing league...
Dallas didn't secure a pure blocking tight end and time may be running out on the James Hanna experiment.
You can never have enough depth, and veteran depth on the offensive line is key. The backups on the outside are all unproven; this might be an area to sign a cheap veteran.
If you are unsure about Anthony Spencer's return, Dallas has Demarcus Lawrence, George Selvie, Tyrone Crawford, Jermey Mincey and a 7th rounder. Yes, they could go here.. if there was anyone left.
Again, the depth here is questionable, as Dallas didn't hit the defensive tackle position until late in the draft. Henry Melton is our three-tech but there is plenty of room for the backups and the 1-techs to have competition.
Anthony Hitchens solved our problem! Just kidding. Room to add to the mix, for sure.
While we should all be excited by seventh-round steal Terrance Mitchell, you can never have enough quality corners. if you think you can find one, grab him.
The team would probably be looking to sign someone like who Barry Church is now. They've released veterans in lieu of getting young guys playing time... This is all to say I'd be shocked if they went here, but you never know.
So what do you think, BTB? Does anyone catch your eye?
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