Jerry Jones chased the most coveted free agent on the market all the way to the finish line, only to come up short.
And if that wasn't bad enough for the Dallas Cowboys, the worst news was where cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha decided to go -- the division rival Philadelphia Eagles.
Now the Cowboys are starting over in their search to give new defensive coordinator Rob Ryan some much-needed help in the secondary. Their aim will also return to the position they need most, safety.
Dallas took care of another necessity at defensive end by re-signing Marcus Spears.
The Cowboys also signed their final two draft picks, although neither will be on the field for the next few days.
DeMarco Murray, a running back from Oklahoma taken in the third round, recently injured a hamstring. Coach Jason Garrett said Friday that Murray should start practicing next week.
Bruce Carter, a linebacker from North Carolina taken in the second round, is headed to the non-football injury list because of a torn knee ligament sustained in college.
The Cowboys signed their other six draft picks in time to participate in the first full practice of training camp on Thursday.