The Dallas Cowboys currently sit on the proverbial playoff bubble with a 7-6 record. With three games left against the Steelers, Saints and Redskins, the playoffs are within their grasp, but the Cowboys certainly will have to win these battles a little short-handed. On the flip side, with the possibility of not being able to overcome their injury woes and move on to the postseason, the attention will quickly turn to building the 2013 roster.
Jerry Jones decided to open up his wallet this past offseason and spend some of that newly printed money in free agency by signing Brandon Carr. You can't fault him for pursuing the free agent market with aggression, but the Cowboys must learn that the best way to build the roster is with strategic signings and solid drafts. Spending big every year is just not going to be an option nor is it going to make fiscal sense.
The Cowboys did manage to make significant upgrades to the roster in 2012 but they will need to raise the bar significantly higher in order to build a roster sustainable for success. The official process begins after the Super Bowl but unofficially it should already be taking place.
Let's look at the targets that are not only needs but are also must-haves.