NEW ORLEANS - DECEMBER 19: Linebacker DeMarcus Ware #94 of the Dallas Cowboys celebrates with defensive ends Jay Ratliff (R) #90 and Stephen Bowen (L) #72 after a sack against the New Orleans Saints at the Louisiana Superdome on December 19, 2009 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** DeMarcus Ware;Jay Ratliff;Stephen Bowen
The man touted as a possible successor to Marcus Spears has been vocal in his desire to stay in Dallas, and what's more, it's looking increasingly likely that he will.
Defensive end Stephen Bowen, one of a number of impending restricted free agents on the team (13, actually), may be rewarded soon with a long-term contract, according to the Dallas Morning News. The 26-year old had three sacks this season in limited time, and has shown glimpses of being an adroit interior pass rusher.
After going undrafted in 2006, Bowen was signed by the Cowboys as a free agent out of Hofstra. At 6'5" and 300 plus pounds, the North Carolina native has the frame to be an adept run-stopper as well, which might explain his being groomed under Spears as a possible, eventual replacement.
But Spears, the former first round pick out of LSU, is a restricted free agent as well, and coming off his best season to date. It seems unlikely that Jerry Jones would lighten to the idea of losing him now.
At any rate, the 26-year-old Bowen has made no secret of his wishes.
“Why change it when we’re just going to keep getting better?” Bowen recently asked. “We’re all young, we’re all good players--why change it?”