The Cowboys gave only defensive end Clifton Geathers and offensive tackle Jermey Parnell exclusive rights tenders. That means that receiver Jesse Holley, who made the team after winning the Michael Irvin reality show 4th and Long two years ago, is free to sign with any team. The same is true for fullback Tony Fiammetta, a restricted free agent, which is the bigger setback.
The Cowboys chose not to give Fiammetta the restricted tender of $1.32 million. They talked to his agent Tuesday about a long-term deal in hopes of lowering his cap figure for 2012. But the two sides couldn't come to an agreement and now the Cowboys are in danger of Fiammetta signing with another team on the open market.
The Cowboys likely will try to match any offer he gets, but he would be sorely missed if the Cowboys don't get him back. The Cowboys averaged 130.4 rushing yards per game and 5.6 yards per rush in 10 games with him on the field. In the six games without Fiammetta, the Cowboys averaged 83.8 rushing yards per game and 3.3 yards per rush.
-- Clarence Hill