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March 16, 2012

Cowboys bring back Ogletree to shore up wide receiver depth after loss of Robinson

When the Cowboys declined to tender receiver Kevin Ogletree a restricted free agent contract of $1.2 million on Tuesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, it was more about the money than an desire to get rid of him.

They always left open the possibility of him returning at the league minimum.

After Ogletree took a free-agent visit to the New York Giants on Wednesday, the Cowboys reeled him back in with a one-year deal for $700,000.

Ogletree, a New York native,  announced the move on his twitter account: "Loyalty Over Royalty. I'm really excited about what's in front of us #Cowboys".

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett hinted at the move on Thursday when said Ogletree was "still in the mix" when asked how team was going to address the third receiver spot after losing free agent Laurent Robinson to the Jaguars.

Ogletree is not the targeted answer at the position. He has largely been a disappointment since making the team as an undrafted free agent in 2009. He has 25 career catches and no touchdowns and was beating out by Robinson last year for the third reciever spot.

The Cowboys will still look at receivers in free agency and the draft.

They also like the potential of some of the young receivers on the roster, including Andre Holmes, Raymond Radway and Dwayne Harris.

Ogletree gives them a veteran option who has played before in case one of the young players doesn't develop.

Clarence Hill





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RADWAY IS BETTER, MUCH BETTER! I love Jason as our coach but we rewarded a mediocre effort and cut loose a player who gave 100% in Holley. Sure, Holley might only be a four wr, but he has better hands than that clown "Mr. Smiley" Miles Austin.

D@mn Jerry! Terrible move! I was hoping we'd use a third or fourth round pick on a receiver.

Sad! Even though he as alot of talent.

Ogletree won't make it through training camp. He's just an insurance policy. One or more of the other young receivers will have no trouble beating him out in minicamps and/or training camp.

Another JJ stupid move. Ogletree couldn't run a route for UPS and can't catch a cold.

As an earlier fan of Ogletree who was then disappointed that he did not work out, I was of the opinion that the Cowboys needed to move on without him. Now, maybe, this move by the Cowboys to release him and bring him back for less money could MAYBE get him to put more time into the playbook and put up some numbers. If not, then Ogletrees days in the NFL are numbered. Robinson, ended up costing too much, but if the Cowboys had that additional $5 mil, then I would have gone with Robinson.

"Ogletree gives them a veteran option"
Yes, a veteran option with only 25 catches since 2009 and no touchdowns. What a deal! Go JJ...

Ok, let me get this straight. Ogletree didn't know where to line up in the Tampa game after being in the system 3 years and this guy is considered valuable to the team? Jethro you're a very funny guy.

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