Because the Cowboys made the divisional round of the playoffs, they will be limited in what they can do in free agency. In an uncapped year, which 2010 is expected to be, there is a “final eight rule.” The final eight teams are allowed to sign only one player with a salary of $4.925 million or more. They can sign as many free agents they want for a first-year base salary of $3.275 million or less. (The final four teams are even more restricted.)
But Jerry Jones said not to rule the Cowboys out of the free agent market.
"We'll take advantage of every opportunity we have to improve our talent," he said. "I say that with all due good feeling about the young players we've got."
Three of the Cowboys' draft picks from last year ended up on injured reserve before the season started, including tackle Robert Brewster, a third-round pick. Linebacker Jason Williams' development was set back by an injury in the third preseason game. He never caught up and played in only five games, on special teams.
"We've got those players that didn't even get to the field last year," Jones said. "...They've got a lot of work to do to get better."
-- Charean Williams