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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 11: Head coach Jason Garrett of the Dallas Cowboys talks with Dez Bryant #88 in the first quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 11, 2012 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

    After what happened – and what was ruled to not have happened – in Green Bay, it’s difficult to turn this season into next season. But with numerous crucial free-agent decisions looming, the Cowboys are forced to begin concentrating on their future players and stop fretting over past plays.

    In other words, they have 23 free agents on March 10 including, of course, their top two offensive players in DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant.

    I wrote Friday why the Cowboys shouldn’t – and likely won’t – re-sign Murray. But what about the other free agents?

    Let’s rank them in terms of importance (and likelihood) of re-signing: U = Unrestricted; R = Restricted; E = Exclusive Rights.

    1. Dez Bryant (U)
    2. DeMarco Murray (U)
    3. Anthony Spencer (U)
    4. Rolando McClain (U)
    5. Cole Beasley (R)
    6. Ron Leary (E)
    7. Doug Free (U)
    8. Bruce Carter (U)
    9. Sterling Moore (R)
    10. Dwayne Harris (U)
    11. Jermey Parnell (U)
    12. Justin Durant (U)
    13. George Selvie (U)
    14. Nick Hayden (U)
    15. Lance Dunbar (R)
    16. C.J. Spillman (U)
    17. Tyler Clutts (U)
    18. Henry Melton (U)
    19. Chris Jones (R)
    20. Cameron Lawrence (E)
    21. Darrion Weems (E)
    22. James Anderson (U)
    23. Tony Hills (U)

    A native Texan who was born in Duncanville and graduated from UT-Arlington, Richie Whitt has been a mainstay in the Metroplex media since 1986. He’s held prominent roles on all media platforms including newspaper (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Observer), radio (105.3 The Fan) and TV (co-host on TXA 21 and numerous guest appearances, including NBC 5). He currently lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.