Jason Witten, Dez Bryant, Morris Claiborne and DeMarco Murray ensure that the Cowboys’ glamor positions have enough skill to compete for championships. But where they run into they trouble is in the trenches. That’s where the team’s deficiencies begin, and they won't be able to contend for championships until these issues are alleviated.
Some of these holes can be filled through the draft. However, it will take smart, cap-savvy moves in free agency to sew up the problem areas.
Actually, it will take an almost miraculous amount of roster moves to make any real splash in the free agent market. As it stands now, the Cowboys are over the 2013 projected cap total of $121 million by $20 million with only 44 players under contract.
That means Dallas will be forced to rework contracts of players highly paid players like Brandon Carr, who is slotted to count $16.3 million against the cap. The Cowboys will also be forced to cut highly paid, under-performing players like Doug Free and Dan Connor to help fill the team’s needs.
Even if Dallas manages to clear a significant amount of space it will be forced to make tough decisions as to add one or two high-level free agents or to bring back one of their own in Anthony Spencer.
It will take a lot of maneuvering, but here are the seven top targets the Cowboys should pursue this offseason. They may not be able to sign many of them, but adding one or two of these impact players would give a huge boost to Dallas’ 2013 campaign.