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Cowboys Mailbag: February 10, 2012

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MIKE DISISTO CHESAPEAKE, VA: Does it seem Greg Ellis, Bradie James and Terence Newman have had almost the same career? All were really good players for the Cowboys that never got much recognition and are seemingly forgotten by the fans at the end.

Nick: Yeah, I think you can throw in a few other guys in that mix too. Maybe Marion Barber and Flozell Adams. It seems like people just remember the end more than anything else. And it doesn't help that these guys played in a period in which the Cowboys only won one playoff game. In fact, Ellis wasn't a part of that at all. So these guys were solid-to-good players on average-to-good teams. Unless you're a perennial Pro Bowler, you're not going to be remembered too differently.

Rob: Agreed. Longtime solid starters in the '70s and '90s were only remembered because their teams won Super Bowls. That's the bar around here, and the current core hasn't done it.

CHRIS CLARK DENVER , CO: What kind of interest do you think Stanford Routt will draw from the Cowboys? He played four years for Rob Ryan Guy and is only 28.

Nick: I'm not sure we know what a Rob-Ryan guy is. I mean, yes they signed Coleman and Elam from the Browns last year. But I'm not sure Michael Huff ever had interest in signing here. Nnamdi Asomugha is good friend with Ryan and yet he went for more cash at the very end. So I think that stuff helps, but at the end of the day, the money has to be right and it has to be a good fit. Just because Routt played for Ryan before doesn't mean they'll jump to him.

Rob: Wouldn't be surprised if there's at least modest interest based on the Ryan connection. Routt has played a lot of press coverage and can do some of the things Ryan asks in his scheme. Interesting name to go with Orlando Scandrick and Mike Jenkins if Terence Newman is let go. But Routt already has meetings scheduled in Tennessee and Buffalo, apparently, and I wouldn't get into a bidding war for a guy who led the league in penalties and tied for second in touchdowns allowed last year.

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