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Earliest Robinson Deal Would Be Tuesday

IRVING, Texas --The Cowboys can re-sign their own free agents or veterans who have been released before the 3 p.m. (CT) Tuesday start to free agency, but wide receiver Laurent Robinson is an exception.

Both sides have been allowed to negotiate this offseason, but a new deal with Robinson can't be completed until Tuesday at the earliest because he signed a mininum salary benefit contract last September that must expire first.

Robinson soon stands to earn much more. He caught a team-high 11 touchdown passes and was one of six players in Cowboys history to catch a touchdown in at least five straight games.

Robinson's market value is uncertain. He entered 2011 with four touchdown catches in four career seasons with Atlanta and St. Louis.

But the Cowboys don't have a clear replacement for him, and seem interested in a new deal at the right price.

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