Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he tried to trade back into the bottom of the first round of the draft to take a defensive end.
It’s a need position because the Cowboys have just one signed on the roster in Igor Olshansky. Marcus Spears is a free agent and Jason Hatcher and Stephen Bowen are restricted free agents who both could become unrestricted free agents in a new labor deal.
Jones said they looked hard at making a move but in the end didn’t feel it was worth it. The Cowboys believe they will re-sign one or two of their free agents even if they don’t get one in the draft.
“We actually looked at some potential trade-ups near the end of the round that we didn’t do and couldn’t get satisfied that was worth it for us for a defensive lineman,” Jones said. “It is an area that we are interested in. It doesn’t make it a priority because we have defensive linemen that we are proud of, they are out of contract. They may or may not be restricted according to how we end up. I’m talking about some of them may or may not be restricted according to how we end up and what system we are in. Knowing that we have the unsigned veterans that we are satisfied in (Stephen) Bowen and (Jason) Hatcher and possibly (Marcus) Spears, then that kind of takes a little of the urgency off. That’s what was right at the end of the first round. The last and next to the last players taken were defensive linemen. We were trying to do the same thing, we were working with most of those clubs right at the end to try to trade up.”