The Cowboys' 53-player roster is almost set. Owner Jerry Jones said Thursday night after the game that free agent running back Phillip Tanner would be on the team. He hinted that kicker David Buehler would be, too, and said the team might keep two kickers. Guard Montrae Holland and cornerback Terence Newman aren't going anywhere, according to Jones.
So only a handful of positions remain under consideration as the Cowboys' brass huddles today, on the eve of cuts. Dallas has to be at 53 players by 5 p.m. Saturday.
"We were evaluating, but we were looking at four or five position areas, four or five players on our team," Jones said after Thursday's game against the Dolphins. "We got to look at them good. We had some positive things really happen. ...And I think we can come to where we’re going to go with these four or five spots on our 53."
There could be several faces on the roster who would have been considered long shots before training camp. Tight end Jason Pociask, center Kevin Kowalski, linebacker Orie Lemon and linebacker Alex Albright all have legitimate chances to make the roster.
Defensive end Igor Olshansky could be the next veteran to go. He is scheduled to make $3.3 million in base salary and count $4.6 million against the cap. That is a lot of money for a backup.
-- Charean Williams