The Dallas Cowboys have done their homework to get ready to make the right free-agent acquisitions. On Tuesday, the Cowboys restructured the contracts of Doug Free and Orlando Scandrick. Also, they cut Terence Newman and David Buehler.
Those moves saved them $15.76 million, offsetting the potential damage of the salary-cap penalties from the NFL for front-loading contracts in the uncapped 2010 salary year.
Now, they are ready to make free-agent acquisitions.
The Cowboys are already in talks with Brandon Carr. An interesting possibility that's emerging now is Kyle Orton, who had done replacement duty for the Kansas City Chiefs last season. Previously, Orton had started for the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos.
Carr and Orton could be huge signings for the Cowboys, who need to retool the secondary and find a new backup quarterback. They would be two of the most important signings the Cowboys could make.
Other important signings are also acquisitions, while a couple would be retained players.
Follow along to see predictions on the most important signings the Cowboys will make this offseason.