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Rumor Ratings -- Hot or Cold?

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It's very quiet at the Ranch. Player agents are talking, cuts are announced, but the front office has been very good at tamping down any rumors of targeted free agents.

Here are some blurbs about key free agents that could offer some hints into the Dallas braintrusts' thinking.

-- While the Jets are seeking the maximum return on DE John Abraham they don't see him as a good fit for new coach Eric Mangini's 3-4. Abraham can rush with the best of them, but he's seen as a liability against the pass.

-- The Bills, Chargers and Texans are seen as the biggest potential suitors for OT Jon Runyan.

-- Indy is another contending team that could gut its roster if a new CBA is not signed. The Colts are waiting to see if they have to cut mainstays such as OT Tarik Glenn, DT Montae Reagor and RB Dominick Rhodes.

Glenn would leapfrog Jon Runyan and become the top free agent OT if the Colts cut him.

-- The Steelers are working on a restructured deal with C/G Chukky Okobi. That means one less options should the Cowboys fail to re-sign C/G Andre Gurode.

-- The Giants, like the Eagles, are ready to make a free agency splash. Their focus will be on the defensive back seven with Julian Peterson, Will Witherspoon, Ty Law and Charles Woodson rumored to be targets.

The Giants will also pursue FS Chris Hope if he become a free agent Monday.

-- Or will they? The New York Post claims the Giants are nearly tapped out after an aggressive 2005 offseason and a regular season that saw them lock up many of their better offensive regulars to long term deals.

-- The Ravens fear they could lose up to five starters off last year's defense, including NT Maake Kemoeatu and S Will Demps. The Ravens want to keep Kemoeatu but know Cleveland will come hard after him. If Cleveland signs a NT that means one fewer team the Cowboys will have to compete with for NT talent come April.

-- The multi-year contract turned down by Patriots K Adam Vinatieri yesterday had no signing bonus or guaranteed money, according to the Boston Herald.

-- What could free agency be like without a new CBA? Agent Frank Bauer, who represents K Ryan Longwell, thinks many players will sign one year deals, in hopes of cashing in during the uncapped year of 2007.