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March 11, 2013

Cowboys have signed 42 free agents the past 16 off-seasons, getting eight total Pro Bowl seasons out of them

The Cowboys' media guide has a list of free agents the team has signed year by year. Since their last Super Bowl season of 1995, Dallas has inked 42 free agents, including a franchise-record seven last year.

Of those 42 players, only three made Pro Bowl appearances for the Cowboys.

*Offensive guard Leonard Davis signed a seven-year, $49.6 million deal, with $18.75 million guaranteed after leaving Arizona as a free agent in 2007. He made three Pro Bowls in four seasons in Dallas.

*Safety Ken Hamlin made the Pro Bowl in 2007, the year the Cowboys signed him from Seattle for a one-year, $2.5 million deal. They then re-signed him to a six-year, $39 million deal. He lasted only two more seasons in Dallas and never went to another Pro Bowl.

*Defensive tackle La'Roi Glover left New Orleans for a five-year, $22 million deal that included $6 million to sign in 2002. He made four consecutive Pro Bowls in his four seasons in Dallas.

The Cowboys do not list receiver Terrell Owens among their free-agent signings. Owens was released by the Eagles on March 14, 2006, after free agency had begun, and four days later, he signed a three-year, $25 million deal that included a $5 million signing bonus with the Cowboys. Owens, who spent three seasons with the Cowboys, went to the Pro Bowl in 2007.

Since the 2000 season, the Cowboys have had 20 Pro Bowlers. Thirteen of those were drafted by Dallas, and two others -- Tony Romo and Miles Austin -- were rookie free agents who never played with another team. Punter Mat McBriar spent the 2003 preseason with the Broncos and the Seahawks before signing with the Cowboys practice squad later that season. He made the roster in 2004. The Cowboys' other four Pro Bowlers over the past 13 seasons were signed as free agents -- Davis, Hamlin, Glover and Owens. 

Only five of the free agents signed by the Cowboys over the past 16 seasons remain on the roster. Mackenzy Bernadeau, Brandon Carr, Nate Livings, Kyle Orton and Lawrence Vickers were among the seven free agents the Cowboys signed last year.

-- Charean Williams

 

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