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Cowboys Ultra-Conservative in Free Agency So Far

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    GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 11: Dallas Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, stands on the sidelines in the first quarter of the 2015 NFC Divisional Playoff game between the Dallas Cowboys and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 11, 2015 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    After 20 years of losing, Cowboys fans are a tough bunch to please.

    To wit, a couple of years ago they were unsettled by the team’s salary-cap pinch and stubborn proclivity to spend in free agency. And now? There is grumbling in the Blue Star Nation because the Cowboys have money and, yep, aren’t spending it.

    Owner Jerry Jones promised to be fiscally responsible this offseason and, true to his word so far, his team has done a whole bunch of nothing.

    Bypassing the temptations of Robert Griffin III and Johnny Manziel notwithstanding, the Cowboys’ biggest move after the first week of NFL free agency is signing former Eagles’ defensive tackle Cedric Thornton.

    I guess you give them credit for not losing their own players, such as linebacker Rolando McClain. The only departure of any significance is Mackenzy Bernadeau signing with the Jaguars.

    Bottom line: Their defensive line got a nudge of improvement and they now need to find a backup offensive lineman. Otherwise, yawn. No real runs at players that could’ve helped them at key positions, like running back Matt Forte or safety Eric Weddle.

    Dallas has been burned by free agency in the past and in recent years has become a bit player rather than the main attraction making big splashes. There could be marginal signings over the next couple of weeks but – like it or not – apparently the Cowboys will head into the draft needing to fill the same holes as before free agency began.

    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 lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.