The uncapped 2010 free agency period is only hours away.
Teams are still scrambling to tender offers to keep restricted free agents from hitting the open market, and cutting ties with others to avoid big roster bonuses.
In Valley Ranch, this year’s free agency period promises to be a quiet time.
The Final Eight Plan will really limit the Dallas Cowboys’ ability to improve their team through free agency.
Similarly, the number of unrestricted free agents is significantly lower than normal because of the rules involving an uncapped season.
The limited number of opportunities means that Dallas has to get value with any new signings.
That is why the Cowboys should go after former Houston Texans wide receiver Kevin Walter.
Jerry Jones has not drafted a wide receiver in the first round since taking Alvin Harper with the 12th pick in 1991.
Jones believes that he does not get an immediate return on his investment from young wide receivers, and Jerry wants his team in the Super Bowl in his stadium.
Aside from Jones’ opinion, Dallas is a team that is a few players from reaching their ninth Super Bowl.
Walter is a big, dependable, possession receiver that would fit nicely as the second receiver with Miles Austin.
He would allow Austin to stay on the outside where he had a breakout season last year.
Walter would also allow Patrick Crayton to stay in the slot where he has been most effective.
Bringing in Walter would provide an immediate impact from a player that has proven himself with over 50 catches each of the past three seasons in an offense similarly as potent as the Dallas attack.
This signing would also allow Dallas to concentrate their draft picks on their biggest need: infusing youth and depth into the offensive line.
Also, Walter may help clear up the Cowboys’ first-round draft choices, as many of the top tier offensive linemen are projected to be off of the board by the time Dallas hits the clock with the 27th pick.
Unfortunately, this signing will more than likely not happen.
The Texans are planning to try to bring Walter back to Houston.
Roy Williams is the biggest obstacle standing between Walter and Dallas.
Jones has already shown that he is not going to part with Roy Williams and he believes Williams is one of the top two receivers on the roster.
He also believes that Roy can return to his 2006 Pro Bowl form with more time.
Though I disagree, Jerry makes the decisions, and he seems set to give Roy another chance.
So, while this decision makes a lot of sense, it looks like Roy’s dollars will stand in the way of making this team better.