The Cowboys will obviously be interested in keeping their own, but here are 5 free agents that I think are both attainable and would provide added value for the Cowboys to target in free agency.

 


1. Justin Tuck DE(NYG)



What would be a better way to kick off free agency than to snag one of your rivals' key players and leaders on defense?  The way the defensive end market played out last season, Tuck could be a moderately priced player.  He has added value in that he can play left end and play inside on nickle packages allowing the Cowboys to utilize George Selvie as well.  Maybe at a rate of $5-6 million per season, he could effectively help replace both Anthony Spencer and Jason Hatcher in one shot.

 

2. Henry Melton DT(CHI)

 

There are a lot of reasons why this would work out for the Cowboys, Melton is coming off a torn ACL, so the price tag may be a little less than normal.  He will only be 28 years old vs. a 32 year old Jason Hatcher.  Melton has ties being a former Longhorn and his pro bowl year blossomed under the direction of Rod Marinelli.  It may be a one year deal if Melton wants to bet on himself and test the market again, but as the Seattle Seahawks did with Michael Bennett, it turned out very well at a decent price.

 

3. Ted Ginn Jr WR(CAR)


 

This may a bit of a suprise to some, but I fully expect Mile Austin to be a cap casualty.  Ginn may have been a bust at the No. 9 overall pick in Miami, but he was a contributor to the 49ers in their 2012 NFC Championship team and the rise of the Carolina Panthers last season.  His salary was just above $1 million last year and with a 36 catch season, it's unlikely that will change much.  His speed would compliment Bryant and Williams on the outside, he could maybe take the pressure off of Dwayne Harris or provide a second option at kick return.

 

4. Jackie Battle RB(TEN)

 

Battle is a veteran back who would add some power to the running back position the Cowboys haven't had.  At 6'2 240# he is a big durable runner that could fill in for Murray for a couple games as he did for Jamaal Charles in Kansas City, he could be a short yardage goalline back and even close out some games to keep Murray from having an injury when he is trying to grind out a 4 minute drive.


5. Jason Williams LB(CAR)

 

Williams was actually the Cowboys top pick in that dreadful 2009 draft, that aside, he actually has managed to stick around in Carolina.  He has good build at 6'1 245#, he has good speed for special teams and the outside linebacker spots.  For some reason he fell out of favor with Wade Phillips, but I think the current scheme is a better fit, there is some familiarity there and he should be a minimum salary type player who would be younger and more durable than Ernie Sims.

 

Summary


The top two players would garner about what Anthony Spencer and Jason Hatcher counted against the cap last year and the rest of the group could be had for what Sims, Durant and Will Allen took in.  This group could give the Cowboys a boost in all three phases of the game and allow them to head into the draft with a pure board to take the best player available.