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August 13, 2013

Will new practice facility help in recruiting free agents?

The Cowboys' practice facility in Irving opened in 1985 when Tom Landry was still the coach and Danny White was still the quarterback. It now is one of the oldest and most outdated in the league, with several teams, including the Bucs, Jets and Seahawks having opened in the past seven years.

That will change in three years when the Cowboys move into the newest, most updated practice facility in the league. Frisco approved a $115 million development that includes $25 million for a practice facility. It also will have a 12,000-seat indoor stadium.

So will the facility help in recruiting free agents?

"I think it probably depends on the free agent," Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. "Certainly, at the college level, they seem to be in some kind of competitive situation with sizes of weight rooms and all that kind of stuff. I think that’s probably less the case in the NFL. I do think having good facilities are important. We talk about being your best, demanding everybody to be your best, and you want to create an environment where they can be their best. You want to have up to date, state-of-the-art-type facilities where everybody can function at the highest level. But there’s also a little something to having a little patina in your life, too. You know what I’m saying, where it’s a little bit worn in, the old shoes. Sometimes those are good. They feel comfortable and sometimes you can be at your best in those environments as well."

-- Charean Williams 


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