The Dallas Cowboys have a few players who they certainly should re-sign. Chief among them are Laurent Robinson and Tony Fiammetta. A couple of other Cowboys free agents-to-be would be good to retain.
Now, the Cowboys must also focus on which players they need to bring in from around the league once March 15 hits to plug holes on the team. The Cowboys have certain positions they must address above all others, such as cornerback and the interior offensive line.
Jerry Jones and his dark-suited companions have already put out feelers. According to Pro Football Weekly, the Cowboys have Brandon Carr in their sights. Aaron Wilson of Scout.com noted via Twitter that the Cowboys will be among the top suitors for Mario Williams.
Which players should the Cowboys pursue?
Which ones would the best value signings?
Read along to find the best value signings the Cowboys can make this offseason.
Tom Zbikowski is an under-the-radar safety the Cowboys should pursue. Zbikowski is an athletic, hard-nosed player who would be a jolt of energy in Dallas. Zbikowski, 27, had only 16 tackles in 16 games but was buried in the deep Baltimore Ravens defense. In 2010, he had 24 tackles, two interceptions and four pass deflections in 15 games, including four starts.
Zbikowski has also seen action in the return game. He returned nine kicks in 2011 for a 23.2-yard average. In 2010, he averaged 6.3 yards on 16 punt returns.
Being a less significant name, Zbikowski could go to Dallas for roughly $1 million per year for three years.
The Cowboys have been in need of a backup quarterback since Jon Kitna spent much of the 2011 season on injured reserve and retired after the season. Stephen McGee is anything but the answer for the Cowboys.
Shaun Hill would be a nice backup for the Cowboys. Hill has plenty of playing experience in his six-year career. In 32 games played, including 23 starts, Hill has thrown for 6,209 yards, 39 touchdowns and 23 interceptions.
He put in a decent amount of time in 2008 and 2010. Starting in place of Matthew Stafford in 2010, Hill threw for 2,686 yards, 16 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, with a 61.8 completion rate. In 2008, he was part of the San Francisco 49ers quarterback shuffle, throwing for 2,046 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
Hill would be a capable backup if the Cowboys were to pick him up. The 32-year-old Maryland product could ably fill in for Tony Romo if Romo became injured.
Hill could come to the Cowboys for about $1.75 million per year for three years.
Jason Jones would be a solid addition for any hole the Cowboys choose to fix on the defensive line. Jones, a 6'5" man weighing 272 pounds, has mostly played defensive tackle in his four-year career with the Tennessee Titans. However, he's versatile enough to play any position on the defensive line. Jones could be a nice fit in the Cowboys' 3-4 scheme.
Jones makes his presence felt. In his four-year career, he has totaled 15.5 sacks, which is nice for a defensive tackle, along with seven forced fumbles. In 2011, Jones had 18 tackles, three sacks, five pass deflections and a forced fumble.
The Cowboys could use an aggressive player like Jones who can knock a pass down or strip the ball.
According to the National Football Post, Jones is expected to garner a good amount of attention from teams in the early part of free agency. The Cowboys may have to pay Jones $6.5 million per year, but it would be a better value than paying through the nose for Mario Williams. Dallas should try for a four-year deal with Jones.
Ben Grubbs would be a solid pickup to fix the guard situation for the Cowboys. Grubbs became the odd man out in Baltimore as the Ravens evolved their downfield blocking schemes.
Still, he could be a nice value pickup. Grubbs has played every game in the last four years and has played 74 games in his five-year career. He had started every game for three years prior to 2011 but started only 12 last year.
Grubbs, who stands 6'3" and 310 pounds, has good size and power.
The Cowboys have already put in a flyer for Grubbs, according to the Carroll County Times.
Getting away with a four-year deal worth $3.5 million per year would be good for the Cowboys.
Brandon Carr is a good cover cornerback who the Cowboys are rightfully making a play for. He has nice hands and does a good job affecting plays.
Carr and Brandon Flowers made a solid tandem that tranquilized opposing passing games. They aided a No. 6 pass defense last season.
Carr had four interceptions and 15 pass deflections in 2011.
The Cowboys might be hot on Carr, but they should try to keep it to $5.75 million per year for four years.