Going into 2009, the Cowboys will be looking for contributions from the usual suspects: Tony Romo, Marion Barber, DeMarcus Ware and Co.
In an effort to get younger (and generally cheaper) players on the field, the Cowboys have cut loose some talented veterans who appear to be on the downward trend of their careers. Players such as Roy Williams (the safety), Tank Johnson, Anthony Henry, Brad Johnson, Zach Thomas and of course Terrell Owens have all been given the boot, as the Cowboys will focus on getting younger alternatives to fill the voids.
The term “progress stoppers” has been bantered about a lot this offseason. GM Jerry Jones seems serious about giving young players more opportunity to compete for playing time and produce.
Even team leader Greg Ellis has recently been rumored in trade talks. Anthony Spencer was the team’s first round pick in 2007, and will now be given every opportunity to prove his draft status worthy.
Spencer won’t be alone. These five young veterans will look to step their game up and become productive players in their respective roles for the 2009 season.
For the Cowboys to make a serious playoff run, it’s paramount that these players develop into solid if not spectacular contributors.