Dallas Cowboys Rumors: Tracking Latest Buzz Ahead of NFL Free Agency

Dan Talintyre@@dantalintyreSenior Analyst IIMarch 12, 2013

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 30:   Tony Romo #9 of the Dallas Cowboys throws a first down pass in the second quarter against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on December 30, 2012 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Much of the Dallas Cowboys' movement prior to the start of the 2013 NFL free-agency period has been about restructuring contracts to create salary cap room.

That's not to suggest the Cowboys aren't interested in signing any players and aren't facing interest from a number of other teams for their players as well. In fact, the Cowboys are still generating plenty of buzz prior to the start of free agency on Tuesday.

Read on to track all the latest Dallas Cowboys rumors and news.


New York Jets Interested in Victor Butler

The New York Jets are reportedly tracking Dallas' outside linebacker Victor Butler about a potential move this offseason. According to Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News, the Jets see Butler as a player who can fill one of their holes going forward this season and would be interested in a deal.

Calvin Pace has been released by the club and Bryan Thomas isn't expected to re-sign either, according to Mehta, which could mean a strong push for Butler, who would be able to fill the loss of both players should he make the switch to New York.


Cowboys Eyeing Josh Cribbs?

Dallas are one of a number of teams believed to be eyeing a move for Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Cribbs, who will try make a move in free agency.

Marc Sessier at NFL.com reports:

Five teams—and none of them the [Cleveland] Browns—have shown interest in the wide receiver and return man. The New York Giantsand San Francisco 49ers have looked into acquiring Cribbs, as have the New England Patriots,Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals. Cribbs is expected to sign with a suitor shortly after Tuesday's free agency launch, marking the end of a sometimes dazzling eight-year run in Cleveland.

Kevin Ogletree emerged as a viable No. 3 receiver for Tony Romo last season—a role that Cribbs would likely fill should he end up choosing Dallas.

His returning skills would no doubt be a huge addition for the Cowboys.


Dan Connor is No Longer a Cowboy

Dallas have officially released linebacker Dan Connor, according to NFL.com's Albert Breer, in order to get back under the 2013 salary cap.


Tony Romo Up for a Flacco-Like Contract?

According to Matt Mosely at Fox Sports, quarterback Tony Romo could be in line for a huge contract as the team look to free up cap space in free agency. However, as Mosely reports, that contract could be one of the biggest seen in Dallas Cowboys history, as Romo looks to replicate the incredible numbers that Joe Flacco was recently signed to by Baltimore.

For the Cowboys to address any needs in free agency (begins March 12), they will have to sign Romo to a contract extension.

There hasn't been the sense of urgency one might expect, which means the Cowboys might be hoping to address most of their needs via the draft. And that would be somewhat of a novelty based on how this organization has done business over the years.

Romo's camp is taking a page out of the Dallas Mavericks' playbook in keeping its powder dry. Romo wants to put his team in the best-possible position to field a competitive team, but he's not going to let the Cowboys rush him into a below-market deal.

When you consider that Flacco received $52 million in guaranteed money in his new contract, I think Romo will be looking for somewhere in the $40-45 million range. No, I'm completely serious.

According to Rotoworld, Romo is in line for $13.5 million this year, but will become a free agent in 2014 if Dallas don't work out a new contract before then.

Which, according to Ed Werder (h/t Dallas News) it seems they'll likely wait on rather than hurrying to push through a new deal with Romo. The NFL analyst reports that, much like the Ravens did with Flacco, the Cowboys will likely wait and see how Romo performs in 2013 before offering any new deal.


Anthony Spencer Isn't Leaving Anytime Soon

One final bit of news for the Cowboys prior to free agency kicking off, and it seems that the franchise aren't looking to trade Anthony Spencer in 2013.

Ian Rapoport of NFL.com had previously said the Cowboys would be interested in exploring a trade for Spencer given the lack of pass-rushers on the market this year, but also commented that Dallas ideally would like to keep him for the year ahead.

And it seems the Cowboys will definitely do that, as ESPN's Ed Werder reports that no trade will take place in the 2013 NFL season.


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