The Dallas Cowboys have gotten little out of the $24.75 million in guarantees they gave seven free agents last year.The Cowboys, after a flurry of moves Monday, are barely under the salary cap. The money they have isnt enough to do much of anything in free agency.That isnt a bad thing.This time last year the Cowboys were being lauded for their franchise-record seven free-agent signings worth $24.75 million in guaranteed money. In the year since, theyve proved, yet again, that good football teams are built through the draft, not free agency.Here are how the seven free agents fared for the Cowboys in 2012:S Brodney PoolPool barely made it to training camp before he was released. He failed his conditioning test, and after eventually passing it, was taking snaps with the second-team defense when he was released early in camp. He did not play in the NFL last season. Pool cost the Cowboys only $100,000 in guaranteed money on a one-year, $1.2 million contract.LB Dan ConnorHe arrived via a two-year, $6.5 million contract, including $2.7 million to sign, on the same day as Pool, brought in to compete with Bruce Carter for the starting job. Carter won the job, though Connor did end up starting eight games after Sean Lee and Carter both were lost to season-ending injuries. Connor played 340 plays and made 58 tackles. He was cut Monday.QB Kyle OrtonThe Cowboys signed Orton to a three-year, $10.5 million deal, including a $5 million signing bonus. He was Tony Romos only backup last season and completed 9 of 10 passes for 89 yards and a touchdown, appearing in mop-up duty, 11 plays, in a blowout loss to the Chicago Bears.CB Brandon CarrHe was the jewel in the teams free-agency class, signing a five-year, $50.1 million deal. Of that, $26.5 million was guaranteed, including $10 million to sign. Carr started all 16 games and played 1,011 plays, off the field for only 18 plays. He made 62 tackles, had 11 pass breakups and made three interceptions. Opposing quarterbacks targeted Carr 88 times and he allowed 51 catches for 786 yards and four touchdowns, according to STATS, Inc.RG Mackenzy BernadeauHe played every snap all 1,107 after signing a four-year, $11.5 million deal with $3.25 million in the form of a signing bonus. Bernadeau started two games at center when Phil Costa and Ryan Cook both were injured, and the other 14 at right guard. He could be tried at center this season, depending on what the Cowboys do this off-season. Bernadeau had two holding penalties and he allowed 6.5 sacks, according to STATS, Inc.LG Nate LivingsHe signed a five-year, $18.75 million deal that included $3.5 million to sign. The total guaranteed money was $6.2 million. Livings played 1,100 of 1,107 plays, starting every game. He was called for one holding penalty and allowed five sacks, according to STATS, Inc.FB Lawrence VickersHe signed a two-year, $2.4 million contact that included a $200,000 signing bonus. Vickers played 299 offensive snaps, getting 16 touches and 115 yards. The Cowboys had the fewest rushing yards in a 16-game season in team history with 1,265.
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