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BOB KUREK - BLACKSBURG, VA: If the owners get their way in these negotiations and the players' portion of the revenue shrinks, what are the implications on the salary cap and the Cowboys' ability to sign free agents?
Nick: I think the real effects would be seen in the next few years. You probably wouldn't see big changes right now because the majority of the contracts are already written. Maybe there would be a few salary-cap moves to cut players like Leonard Davis or Roy Williams or Marion Barber. But those moves could happen whether there's a cap or not. I really don't see the aspect of signing players changing that much. The players will just get less, but they'll get less across the board. It's not like they're going to hold out because that's what they were making last year or the year before.
Josh: Well, I don't think there will be a noticeable change. Whatever the salary cap number ultimately is, it won't be less than in was 2009, the last time there was a cap. It's just that it (and players' salaries themselves) won't continue to grow at the exponential rate it has over the last decade. I think that's what the owners are trying to slow as much as anything.
DOUG MCBROOM - RED SPRINGS, NC: A good pass rush leads QBs to rush and throw more interceptions. The flip side of that is a good pass defense keeps the ball in the QBs hands longer and allows more sacks and more other mistakes. Do you lean one way or the other, and if you had to choose between adding pass rush or secondary help for the Cowboys, which would you go with?
Nick: I think it's a very good "chicken and egg" theory that is often difficult to discuss. I really don't lean one way or the other. I think Ware and Spencer were really good in 2009 and therefore Newman and Jenkins were both Pro Bowl alternates because of that. I think Ware and Spencer - mostly Spencer - had a down year in 2010 and the cornerbacks weren't very good as a result. It's a combination of both. So I don't think there's a hard-fast rule on that.
Josh: I don't think one is necessarily more important than the other because, as you say, they go hand in hand. As for the Cowboys, though, I think it's easier to improve the secondary overnight than it is the pass rush. That's mainly because they have a major opening at free safety, while one of the primary pass rushers, Anthony Spencer, is guaranteed to return. As I've been saying, the quickest way for the defense to get better isn't to replace guys like Spencer and Mike Jenkins, but for them to play better, closer to their 2009 selves. That may or may not be possible.
Mailbag: LVE's Best Spot? Get Pitts Off Schedule?
Where do you see Leighton Vander Esch playing this season?
Mailbag: Can The Cowboys Get 2 First-Round Picks?
Just for fun while waiting for the draft: Do you think there's a scenario where the Cowboys trade their second-round pick to move back into the late first round to get someone?
Mailbag: What if Best Player Available at 10 is WR?
Do you think if Ja'Marr Chase falls to No. 10 that the Cowboys would draft him?
Mailbag: Could Jaylon Move Into Romo's Number?
If the NFL passes this latest rule change regarding numbers, could and should Jaylon Smith move into Tony Romo's No. 9 jersey?
Mailbag: Scenarios For Trading Up & Down
Patrick Surtain and Penei Sewell are both on the board and they get an offer to move back into the 20s but pick up a first-round pick next year. Do you take the deal or pick a player?
Mailbag: Underrated Free Agent Signing?
We've heard a lot about the Cowboys' additions on defense, but what are your thoughts on Ty Nsekhe at offensive tackle?
Mailbag: How Big Of A Need Is LB?
I realize this is probably the uncommon view, but why is Dallas not associated with any of the Top 5-6 LB's in the draft?
Mailbag: Idea For 17th Game? Drafting For Need?
Do you honestly feel teams really use that approach and take the best possible player, or do they reach for needs more than they should?
Mailbag: Plan For The Draft Class? K.J. Wright?
Rumors are that K.J. Wright wants to reunite with Dan Quinn in Dallas, but he wants a two-year deal instead of a one-year deal. Why not do it?
Mailbag: Joe Looney's Status? Adding CB Depth?
Joe Looney has been a leader in the locker room and a capable backup at center and guard. Is there any interest in re-signing him?
Mailbag: Kazee's Familiarity With Dan Quinn?
What do you think were the deciding factors in the Cowboys picking Damontae Kazee over Malik Hooker?