10. Ernie Sims (UFA) - One of the many signed off the street to simply fill in at inside backer, he caught on quick and showed some glimpses why he was once a Top 10 pick.
9. Kenyon Coleman (UFA) - Signed mainly to play in the 3-4, coaches would say how underrated and underappreciated Coleman was. In this scheme, he probably won’t be a great fit. Plus, he turns 34 in April.
8. Victor Butler (UFA) - He could be much higher on this list depending on Anthony Spencer’s status. If Spencer doesn’t return, it’s possible Butler could get re-signed.
7. Eric Frampton (UFA) - Like Sims, he was signed in midseason to add depth and special teams ability. He led the team in special teams tackles and was a solid player on defense.
6. John Phillips (UFA) - While he didn’t have the breakout season the Cowboys were hoping, he still could be serviceable, depending what happens in the draft. It might be worth re-signing, considering his versatility.
5. Mike Jenkins (UFA) - His chances of returning to the Cowboys this year is unlikely. But, in terms of priority, if the Cowboys re-signed him and had a defined role for him, he could be valuable.
4. L.P. Ladouceur (UFA) - He hasn’t shown signs of wearing down and his snaps have been near perfect. A moderate, but fair contract seems likely for one of the most consistent players on the team.
3. Danny McCray (RFA) - As a restricted free agent who wasn’t drafted, the club might be better off signing him to a long-term deal for relatively low money but it keeps him around for a while.
2. Phil Costa (RFA) - With his injuries, he wouldn’t warrant a long-term deal right now. Still, he played well enough in the one game against Baltimore to justify keeping him around to compete for the job again.
1. Anthony Spencer (UFA) - He’ll probably test the open market and seek something in the $11-12 million per season range. If he gets close to that, the Cowboys probably won’t be players in the Spencer Sweepstakes.