Cowboys might go free-agent route at safety

Posted March 12, 2010 @ 1:25 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

The Cowboys have slow-played their way through the first part of free agency, despite the uncapped season and the ability of Jerry Jones to outspend other teams. They have a few clearly defined needs, one of which is safety. The team appears to be moving past Ken Hamlin and would consider moving him or releasing him if they get an adequate replacement. And that player could come either from the draft, which features a few enticing options, or free agency. Sources have indicated that the Cowboys are looking at two free-agent possibilities — the Rams' Oshiomogho Atogwe and the Saints' Darren Sharper — and weighing risk against reward in deciding whether to make one of them an offer. Sharper is unrestricted, but the Rams would get a chance to match any offer to Atogwe and some people feel they tendered him at the lowest level because they are prepared to match any offer without having to set the market for him. The thinking is that the Cowboys might not be able to land one of the top two safeties in the draft, Tennessee's Eric Berry or Texas' Earl Thomas, with the 27th pick in Round One and might have to look a different direction on Draft Day, perhaps the offensive line.


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