PALM BEACH, Fla. --Without the NFL's salary cap sanctions coming down on the eve of free agency, the Cowboys would have had an extra $5 million to spend -- possibly in an attempt to re-sign wide receiver Laurent Robinson.
But word around Valley Ranch before March 13 was Robinson had dropped a bit on their priority list, likely because there was a sense his market value would be too high. Indeed, Robinson got a $34 million offer from the Jaguars -- and Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones conceded this week that they weren't going to match it, no matter how much money they had available under the cap.
"I know Robinson was one we obviously wanted to have, but there was never a thought that if he had the opportunity to go to a team for starting receiver money, relative to his skill level, we never would have done it," Jones said. "It does not fit the profile you have to look at, which is not only this year but years to come."We said it umpteen times, if a team comes along and pays him as he's a top two receiver, we'll just move on. It's a good opportunity for (Andre) Holmes, a good opportunity for some of the young guys we've got, (Dwayne) Harris and guys like that."
The Cowboys do have an opening at the third receiver spot. Don't count practice squad member Teddy Williams on that list, though; head coach Jason Garrett said the former track star is heading back to corner when on-field workouts start.