IRVING, Texas --No qualifying offers have been announced yet, but indications since the early part of February were that restricted free agent fullback Tony Fiammetta would receive the original-round tender, estimated at $1.26 million.
Fiammetta was a fourth-round pick of the Panthers in 2009, so any team willing to sign him to an offer sheet would have to surrender a fourth-rounder if the Cowboys chose not to match.
The Cowboys have two other restricted free agents, wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and quarterback Chris Greisen. Greisen, who again signed as an emergency backup at the end of the year, is not expected to be tendered. Ogletree, who had 15 catches in his third season and lost his No. 3 receiver spot to Laurent Robinson in 2011, might not be either.
Like Robinson, Fiammetta was a valued signing just before the regular season opener. In Fiammetta's 10 appearances as a lead blocker, the Cowboys averaged 130.4 yards per game and 5.1 yards per carry. Without him, they averaged 75.7 yards per game and 3.3 yards per carry.