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February 22, 2013

Cowboys will not be major players in free agency, hope to improve in offseason by getting healthy

Vice-president Stephen Jones said the Cowboys will not be as active in free agency in 2013 as they were last year when they signed a record eight players, including cornerback Brandon Carr to whopping $50.1 million contract.

The Cowboys are roughly $20 million over the proposed 2013 salary cap and will have to make restructure some contracts of current players just to get in compliance and create room to sign their draft picks.

"We will get under that cap," Jones said. "Unfortunately you can’t go into the free agent market like we did last year every year. The cap won’t allow you do it. We won’t be as big of players this year.”

Jones says the Cowboys can do what they want if the need arises but he believes the best thing the team can do in the off season to improve from last season’s disappointing 8-8 campaign is get healthy.

The Cowboys lost four defensive starters to season ending injuries, including linebacker Bruce Carter and Sean Lee, Barry Church and defensive end Kenyon Coleman. Nose tackle Jay Ratliff played in only six games because of injuries and nickel cornerback Orlando Scandrick was sidelined the last month of the season with a fractured wrist.

That doesn’t include injuries to receivers Miles Austin, Dez Bryant, Dwayne Harris and Cole Beasley in the season final that severely hampered their ability to comeback in the playoff-deciding loss to the Redskins.

"We just need to get healthy that will improve our team a lot," Jones said.

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