Dallas Cowboys Free Agency Preview

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Feb 16, 2016 03:33 PM EST
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Dallas Cowboys star Greg Hardy reacts to a play during a 2015 game."

Dallas Cowboys Salary Cap: $12,833,600

Free Agents: 17

Morris Claiborne (CB/Age: 26): This situation is probably the most complicated on this list as Claiborne has continuously disappointed each season despite his first round status. Claiborne was the highest ranked defensive back in that draft so it will be tough for the Cowboys to let him go. If Claiborne does not take a pay cut or have some type of 1 year prove it deal the Cowboys should release him.

Greg Hardy (DE/ Age: 27): Hardy is the wildcard; if the Cowboys do not resign Hardy I cannot imagine that he would have a huge market. I do think several teams still believe in his playmaking abilities, but the Cowboys don't appear to be one of those teams. Dallas has been fed up with Hardy's attitude/partying lifestyle since the season began so there is no real shot he ends up back with Dallas unless it's for a bargain.

Rolando McClain (ILB/ Age: 26): McClain like Wilber is a tossup, if the market values McClain than he will not return to the Cowboys. No matter what McClain would not be worth a sizeable contract, the consistency is just not there, at least in the Cowboys system. But this was a guy who was never meant to be a long term answer plus the Cowboys could draft his replacement in the 2016 NFL draft.

Jeremy Mincey (DE/ Age: 32): Mincey could come back on a team friendly deal but currently it is unknown what his market will be. I imagine it would be somewhere in the region of Jason Hatchers contract however Mincey has a bit more tread on his tires and could be a candidate for the veteran minimum at this point. Mincey should still be a solid situational defensive end.  

Lance Dunbar (HB/ Age: 26): Dunbar should be resigned on a team friendly deal after tearing his ACL. He was an effective passing down back and was the primary receiver for a good chunk of time before he got injured. The Cowboys should be able to bring him back.

Ronald Leary (G/ Age: 26): Leary will be another player whose market price will dictate whether or not he returns to Dallas. Leary was playing a lot older than his age entails, he suffered from multiple injuries in 2015 but has been a solid part of this Dallas offensive line regardless.

Tyler Clutts (FB/ Age: 31): At 31 Clutts may not see many options as fullbacks generally do not have a high demand. The Cowboys could bring back Clutts for cheap or draft his replacement late in the 2016 NFL draft.

Matt Cassel (QB/ Age: 33): Cassel had his chance to shine; he didn't so he will likely be released.

Kyle Wilber (OLB/ Age: 26): Wilber is one of the Cowboys homegrown players who may not be a household name but is very productive none the less. Wilber getting a contract bigger than what the Cowboys are willing to pay is a distinct possibility so they could be saying goodbye to another linebacker in the 2016 free agency period. If the market drives Wilber's price up, he will be gone.

 

 

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