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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 16: Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha #24 of the Philadelphia Eagles is introduced before the start of the Eagles game against the Baltimore Ravens at Lincoln Financial Field on September 16, 2012 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

    A lot of needs. A little money. Happy bargain hunting!

    When NFL free agency officially opens Tuesday at 3 p.m. the Cowboys will have to be selective in their search for help.

    Until they reach a resolution with DeMarcus Ware, they won’t have ample money to spend. But if their past shopping sprees are any indication, that might not be a bad thing.

    The Cowboys made a splash signing Brandon Carr to a $50 million free-agent deal in 2012, but if we’re being honest he hasn’t been worth it. And, sadly, he’s their best recent signing.

    No? Try these names on for size as free agents signed by Dallas: Keith Brooking, Igor Olshansky, Leonard Davis, Akin Ayodele, Dan Connor, Nate Livings, Lawrence Vickers, Brodney Pool. Underwhelming, at best. Carr is above average and the Cowboys found value in signing Gerald Sensabaugh, but for the most part their free-agent swings have whiffed.

    This spring they don’t have the money under the salary cap to keep Jason Hatcher or Anthony Spencer or go after big-name free agents like Champ Bailey or Darrelle Revis or Antonio Cromartie or Justin Tuck or Jared Allen or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie or even Charles Tillman.

    But that might not be a bad thing, as sometimes for the Cowboys the best free-agent moves are the ones they failed to make: Nnamdi Asomugha ring a bell? 

    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 writes a sports/guy stuff blog at DFWSportatorium.com and lives in McKinney with his wife, Sybil, and two very spoiled dogs.