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2012 Stats: 25 tackles, three sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery
Butler is a pass-rush specialist that hasn’t lived up to expectations. He’s a decent depth player but won’t be able to succeed in this defense as a starter.
Butler’s ceiling as likely been reached the Cowboys will be ready to move on from him.
2012 stats: 12 tackles
Brad Poppinga is an older free-agent linebacker who was nothing more than a stopgap.
2012 stats: 43 tackles and one sack
Sims played admirably despite the situation he entered. He was brought in because of injury and he proved that he can still play at a decent level. Sims has good athleticism and makes good tackles in space.
Sims is better than Dan Connor in my opinion has a decent chance at being retained.
2012 stats: 95 tackles, two forced fumbles and 11 sacks.
Spencer had a career year when the Cowboys needed him most. He will likely command huge money this offseason because of his dynamic ability against the run and as a decent pass rushing skills.
Cowboys are limited in cap space and will face a big decision when it comes to Spencer. I’m not sure they can retain him if they hope to spend money on the offensive line.
2012 stats: 14 tackles (one with Cowboys)
Coe was another stopgap player. Will not return.
2012 stats: 14 tackles and three passes defended
Jenkins is a decent man-to-man corner who plays hurt. He spent to offseason holding out but has played decent in the absence of Orlando Scandrick.
Jenkins wants a chance to start, an opportunity he won’t get in Dallas.
2012 stats: 30 tackles and two passes defended
Frampton played decently and started in two games at safety. Frampton isn’t a starting caliber player but is a decent depth guy and excellent special teamer.
Frampton has the ability and versatility to stick with this team moving forward.
2012 stats: 11 tackles and one interception
Peprah isn’t the player he was in Green Bay. He is a liability in coverage but players well in the box.
The Cowboys are going to be overloaded at the safety position heading into 2013 and I don’t see them keeping Peprah.
2012 stats: 15 tackles and one forced fumble
Coleman was injured most of the season and put the defensive line at a disadvantage with his absence. Coleman is getting older and injuries are catching up to him. He’s no longer the player he once was and can’t be trusted to last through a 16-game season.
Coleman isn’t coming back unless the Cowboys can get him very cheap with no risk.