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Potential Target: Jason Pierre-Paul

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    Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo (9) grimaces after being sacked by New York Giants defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul during the first half of an NFL game Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

    After breaking through with a 13-5 season, the Dallas Cowboys are still looking for massive upgrades on defense, especially in the pass-rushing department. Here's one idea.

    Target: Jason Pierre-Paul, Defensive End

    2014 stats:77 tackles, 12.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, fumble recovery, six pass deflections

    The Cowboys are looking for a big-time pass-rusher this offseason to upgrade a defensive line that ended up jelling and playing pretty well last season, but always lacked the disruptive force that comes from a big-time pass-rusher.

    Pierre-Paul just turned 26 years old and is a free agent, and he's going to be a costly one. If the Cowboys do make such a big splash in free agency, it'll hinder what they can do elsewhere with their roster, but it'd definitely be a big splash and an upgrade on the defensive front considering he'd not only be joining the Cowboys but he'd be taken away from a division rival.

    Rod Marinelli did a great job with a bunch of no-names up front, but you can bet he'd love to have someone with the star quality of Pierre-Paul.