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Cowboys Not Coveting Their Own Free Agents



    While the Eagles made the sexy splash this week by signing speedy receiver DeSean Jackson, the Cowboys in free agency have been … hmm. Let’s see.

    They’ve technically only lost two players in Jason Hatcher and Danny McCray, since DeMarcus Ware was officially released before being picked up by the Broncos. The Cowboys have signed Brandon Weeden as a third quarterback and Jeremy Mincey, Henry Melton and Terrell McClain to bolster the defensive line.

    So what’s left? The Cowboys still have eight free agents to decide upon. A look at their chances of returning to Dallas:

    Anthony Spencer – As I’ve said before, his injury concerns make it likely that he’ll wind up back in Dallas. He has visited, however, with the Giants and Redskins.

    Phillip Tanner – Though an important special teams player and insurance policy for DeMarco Murray, Cowboys didn’t offer him a deal. He’s likely to eventually sign elsewhere.

    Brian Waters – The veteran offensive lineman crawled off his couch to help the Cowboys last season, but seems unlikely he’ll be anything but retired this season.

    Jon Kitna – Cowboys will keep his number handy – just in case – but for now he’s go back to coaching high-school football near Seattle.

    Ernie Sims – Since Devonte Holloman is a younger, cheaper version with similar skills, the veteran linebacker will be a former Cowboy.

    Edgar Jones – Has some special teams skills and the Cowboys don’t have the luxury of running off defensive ends, so we’ll probably be in Oxnard.

    Jarius Wynn – See Edgar Jones.

    Ryan Cook – Backup center is only a memory at Valley Ranch.

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