The Dallas Cowboys are firmly stuck in park when it comes to assessing the current state of affairs in free agency. There will not be a repeat of 2012 when Jerry Jones aggressively pursued and reeled in cornerback Brandon Carr and a slew of other free agents.
But what exactly will the Cowboys do this year? It seems as though a monumental restructuring effort was completed, but it's still left the Cowboys $175,000 under the cap and with zero ability to sign a single free agent.
In the meantime, the Eagles and Giants appear to be making some headway in free agency, as well as other NFC foes such as the Falcons and Seahawks. But if the Cowboys want to make some moves in free agency in an attempt to fill holes and improve their team (which would be a novel idea), there is still time and there are still free agents.
It would be nice to see some finalization and a remedy to the Tony Romo contract situation. Why this wasn't resolved yet is still astonishing to me for two big reasons.
First, it was glaringly obvious that reducing his $16.8 million cap figure would be the biggest key to this offseason. Secondly, everybody knows that Romo isn't going anywhere so why play games and why delay the inevitable?
But the Romo contract isn't the only speed bump in this free-agency period, as Jerry bungled other moves as well. His delay in restructuring contracts was a clear sign that he had no intention of signing anybody, the lack of progress on a long-term Anthony Spencer deal for cap flexibility further crippled the offseason and failure to make a decision on Doug Free is the cherry on top.
So, where does all of this leave the Cowboys as we approach the completion of the first week of free agency? Simply put, looking for whatever is left of the free-agent pool that can be cheap and effective.
Not exactly the vibe I anticipated coming off of consecutive 8-8 seasons, but this is the state of affairs for the Dallas Cowboys. Let's take a look at the options.