Free agent safety Michael Huff returned to Oakland, agreeing to re-sign with the Raiders. How much interest the Cowboys actually had in Huff remains unknown, but Huff, an Irving native, wanted to return home. The Cowboys surely didn't want to spend the money the Raiders spent to keep Huff.
Dallas is waiting for the safety market to come back to it after free agent safeties Quintin Mikell (4 yrs., $27 million), Eric Weddle (5 yrs., $40 million) and Roman Harper (4 yrs., $28 million) signed for huge money.
"I am pretty impressed by the kinds of numbers that some of those early safeties have gotten," Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said. "But having said that, we’re not out of the running for free agent safeties at all. That doesn’t mean how hard and fast we’re running relative to some of those numbers. I don’t want to imply that those are the kinds of numbers, but we’re in negotiations right now."
Browns free agent safety Abram Elam tweeted Saturday night that he had spoken to Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan.
"Just hung up with Rob Ryan he spoke about how good [Terence Newman] and the defense is and can be," Elam wrote.
Gerald Sensabaugh, who started for the Cowboys last season, also remains a possibility.
Jones said the Cowboys could sign two safeties. Unproven second-year players Barry Church and Akwasi Owusu-Ansah are working with the first team right now in training camp.
-- Charean Williams