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February 22, 2013

Jones: Safety is the biggest need because of injuries and Sensabaugh possibly being a cap casualty

Cowboys vice-president Stephen Jones said the team’s biggest need as they move from a 3-4 to the 4-3 defense is in the secondary at safety because of last season’s injuries with Barry Church and rookie Matt Johnson and the possible release of veteran Gerald Sensabaugh.

"If there is a need on defense to me the biggest need is going to be safety," Jones said. "You got Church coming off an Achilles and obviously we really like everything we saw in Matt Johnson other than he couldn’t get healthy. We still don’t know about him but we like him a lot and we would still spend a fourth round pick on him if not higher knowing what we know. But when you got two young guys coming off injuries you can’t count on that."

Asked is Sensabaugh could be a cap casualty, Jones was anything was possible. Sensabaugh has a base salary of $3 million next season.

"We will continue to look at that," Jones said. "What his cap is and what that means. I don’t rule out anybody. Obviously there are some that are in. Tyron Smith, Tony Romo, DeMarco Murray, DeMarcus Ware, guys like that are going to be here. They are going to be here. Everybody else you evaluate their situation and if it’s a guy who is not playing at a great level and yet he got a pretty good cap number. You have to continue to evaluate that."

 According to a source, the Cowboys believe Church can return to be an in the box safety in Monte Kiffin's new defense but they are looking for a playmaker on the back end whether that's Sensabaugh, Johnson or a potential draft pick.

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