An inevitability each offseason is that quite a few players around the league will be let go when their production isn't meeting their paycheck. Oakland cornerback Stanford Routt met that fate just last week.
For the Cowboys, the most widely recognized candidate to be sent packing is cornerback Terence Newman, who is still working out at the team facility. Indeed, Newman is among the players listed as potential cap casualties in a story by Jason La Canfora over on NFL.com, the Santa María to our Pinta.
In the last few weeks, a ton of words have been devoted here to potential free agent signings, but many of those candidates will be franchised or reach extensions with their current teams before the Cowboys ever have a shot to get at them. However, the free agent field will be supplemented by a number of veterans who aren't living up to expectations elsewhere.
Might any of them be a fit with the Cowboys?
Among the players La Canfora rattles off who would have to be considered are Oakland safety Michael Huff, an Irving, Texas guy who was widely-discussed as a potential signee last summer, and is due $4 million by March 16.
The Raiders are staring cap hell in the face, and could also decide to cut bait with defensive lineman Tommy Kelly and outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, either of whom could make sense for the Cowboys. Kelly was a Rob Ryan favorite, and Wimbley played a year for the Cowboys coordinator in Cleveland before the Browns traded him to Oakland in 2010.
Minnesota veteran DBs Antoine Winfield and Cedric Griffin might be considerations for the Cowboys if the Vikings decide not to field either of their bonuses. And Minnesota guard Steve Hutchinson, who is due almost $7 million in base salary) doesn't jive with the Cowboys' plans to get younger on the offensive line, but would represent an upgrade.
Elsewhere, the receiver-rich Packers may choose to jettison Donald Driver, who could be reunited with position coach Jimmy Robinson if the Cowboys can't bring back Laurent Robinson.