With the Cowboys meeting with the agent for potential free agent Chris Canty today, it's time to get ready for the idea that Canty is gone.
Even if the Cowboys draft a defensive end in April, chances are the starter at Canty's defensive end position is on the roster right now. At least, that's what the Cowboys believe.
The top candidate is third-year player Jason Hatcher. In 46 games, he has 59 tackles and 5.5 sacks. He was a bit (maybe a lot) raw coming into the NFL out of Grambling in 2006. Hatcher had been backing up Marcus Spears at the other end position
The other candidate is Stephen Bowen, who was Canty's backup. Undrafted out of Hofstra, he's played in 31 games and has 32 tackles with one sack.
- Mac Engel