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Finally, free agency is around the corner and speculation on who the Cowboys may covet is on the front-burner. Teams have to use the franchise tag by today or risk players to the open market.

Word out of New England is the Patriots won't tag K Adam Vinateri. Of course, that leads to the inevitable Parcells comment.

He's played his entire career with the Patriots and is one of the team's best-liked players. If he hits the open market, Vinatieri is almost certain to be contacted by the Dallas Cowboys. Bill Parcells, the Cowboys head coach, initially signed Vinatieri back in 1995 when he was coaching the Patriots. Dallas has had kicking woes the last few seasons.

Next up, LeCharles Bentley. He's going to hit the open market and everyone wants a piece. But as Deke pointed out in the comments section, he won't come cheap.

Bentley, who is now represented by Neil Schwartz, is expected to seek a contract similar to what the Carolina Panthers gave guard Mike Wahle last year  reportedly a five-year deal worth up to $28 million with $11.5 million in bonuses.

Pricey. But when you read this statement from the article, "Known for his physical play and nasty attitude...", it makes you want to break the bank.

Nick Eatman is jumping on board with the Jason Fabini and Jerald Sowell speculation.

While Ty Law, who was drafted by Parcells in New England in 1996, tops the list of the Jets' recent cuts, the Cowboys will probably be more interested in offensive tackle Jason Fabini, who had played in every game with the Jets since 1998 before a chest injury forced him to injured reserve this past season.

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Another cap-casualty for the Jets was fullback Jerald Sowell, a player Parcells has raved about more than once since joining the Cowboys.

A nine-year vet who has played in all 137 games of his career, Sowell is the Jets' all-time leading tackler on special teams with 147. Sowell posted 37 special teams tackles in 2003 alone.

But the veteran fullback has also developed into a solid pass-catcher, recording 147 career receptions, including 111 in the last three years.