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Mailbag: When Will Deals Start Getting Done?; Adding Another QB?

ROLAND BELLFAYETTEVILLE , AR
I know free agency doesn't start until March, but will we hear about the Cowboys signing some of their own before that? Is that possible?

Bryan:Possible but most likely not. If there will be an announcement early on a deal I have a feeling that it would be Dez Bryant. I believe that we will see the others all get to the market and after that opens then likely you will see some announcements then.

David:Things might begin happening in the next week or so, because teams are eligible to use the franchise and transitional tag starting on Feb. 16 -- which is exactly a week away. Like Bryan said, you're bound to see some kind of development with Dez before free agency opens, because the Cowboys will either sign him up or slap him with the franchise tag. I expect the majority of the team's free agents will be allowed to hit free agency before any deals are reached.

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STEVE KULAKOWSKIVICTOR, NY
We've heard a lot about the D-line and running back situation the front office needs to deal with in the off-season. I'm of the opinion that our current backup quarterback (Weeden) didn't exactly excel when put in a position to contribute, and presents significant risk if Romo goes down for more than 3-4 weeks. Do you see the staff addressing this position?

Bryan: You are always looking to upgrade the roster regardless of the position so with that being said, you could see a quarterback added to compete with Weeden and Vaughan. It would not surprise me one bit to see this staff give Vaughan a strong look this spring and into training camp to see if he could be the backup to Romo instead of the third. Just a note also, this draft class doesn't appear to have the depth at quarterback than it did last season so keep that in mind.

David:It might not be the answer you want, but I really doubt it. Weeden was far from impressive when he got his chance against Arizona, but he's been working with this offense and these coaches for a year now. I think the coaching staff values that experience and continuity, and I think they're probably confident they can continue to help him improve. They obviously like Vaughan, as evidenced by the fact that they carried him on the 53-man roster for the entire season. I doubt they would have done that if they didn't think they had something. Now, that's not to say they won't add some kind of quarterback. They'll likely want arms for OTAs and minicamp, and perhaps even training camp. But I'd be surprised to see them spend major money or even a draft pick on a quarterback.

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