March 13th is fast approaching, in what promises to be a much anticipated free agency frenzy. This is the first opportunity teams can actually take major steps to either improve upon the successes of their 2011 season or begin their rebuilding and retooling processes. For the Dallas Cowboys the free agency kickoff means pursuing, courting and hopefully landing the targets they not only desire but also acquiring players that will be building blocks for the future.
With all the offseason talk focused on filling defensive needs, I also feel that the offense is not exempt from the same discussions. The other factor in the free agency equation is what to do with our own free agents like Laurent Robinson and Anthony Spencer. Big decisions loom for Jerry Jones in the both the personnel and business departments but with anywhere between $12 to $18 million in cap space, I expect the Cowboys to be active in free agency. How active is anyone's guess, but with Jerry Jones you never know what to expect.
With the 2011 season officially over and the 2012 season about to begin, I want to focus on the six free agents who I feel will substantially improve this team, fill some major needs and put the Cowboys in prime position to maximize their draft picks. With several hundred free agents available, it's hard not to get excited about the number of directions the Cowboys could go in; but you also have to stay somewhat guarded in your expectations.
While some of the names will be redundant and expected, let's take a closer look at the six free agents I targeted that the Cowboys must land.