Holes May Be Filled By Affordable Veterans After The Draft

IRVING, Texas – It's been preached all offseason that the Cowboys simply have no room to add much to their roster in free agency.

That remains the case, but that doesn't mean they don't have their eye on affordable players who can help them out.

"We think we can fill whatever holes we need from a veteran standpoint after the draft, during training camp," said executive vice president Stephen Jones. "We just don't have the money for our future or whatever to be looking at guys you're going to be paying significant amounts of money.

"If the right guy comes up and we can get him, we'll get him."

Owner Jerry Jones made it sound as if an extension with Tony Romo was imminent. Jason Garrett said a couple more contracts could still be redone. But until one of those two scenarios occur or another player gets cut, there's hardly any room for any new players.  

Stephen Jones said the Cowboys are around the "five-figure" mark after re-signing Sims. That doesn't give them much room to maneuver, but it seems from what Stephen Jones has said that if they find the right deal, they may be able to make some subsequent contract moves to try to make it work.  

An intriguing name that's come up is Laurent Robinson, who only made it one year into his five-year deal with the Jaguars. He had four concussions last season and may still be feeling the effects of those, but he had 11 touchdowns the season prior with the Cowboys.

Jones said he wouldn't rule out taking the receiver, but in addition to the concussions Robinson had last season, there's also an ankle injury to keep an eye on.

"Obviously he played lights out and we tried to sign him last year and his price got more than we could handle under our cap," Stephen Jones said, "But obviously things change from year-to-year. We've got to look at the big picture with Laurent. He had some injuries that we're going to be doing our homework on and be going from there."

Another interesting possibility is bringing on Brian Urlacher, who knows former Bears defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli well. For now, it doesn't seem like that will happen, as it could stunt the growth of Sean Lee, but it doesn't appear Urlacher will be heading back to Chicago any time soon. [embedded_ad]

"We'll get a good indication of what's that about there," Stephen Jones said. "Anytime you're talking about a Hall of Fame player in Urlacher… you don't ever dismiss Hall of Famers in my book. It would be difficult. He obviously plays what Sean plays. To move everything around for a year doesn't really make a lot of sense, but at the same time you don't ever rule it out. 

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