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Cowboys like free agents Paea, Clayborn, among others, for right price

Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn stuffs Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray during a 2012 game. Clayborn and Murray both are free agents.
Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn stuffs Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray during a 2012 game. Clayborn and Murray both are free agents. S-T/Richard W. Rodriguez

The Cowboys have interest in several free agents, if their price is right. They like Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea and Bucs defensive end Adrian Clayborn, among others.

However, with 17 unrestricted free agents, the Cowboys’ priority remains retaining their own, a source reiterated Saturday.

They signed Free, but Murray, linebacker Rolando McClain, linebacker Justin Durant, cornerback Sterling Moore, defensive tackle Nick Hayden, defensive end George Selvie and receiver Dwayne Harris are among the team’s free agents free to shop their services.

The Cowboys obviously need replacements for the players they lose. While none of the big names in free agency show up on the Cowboys’ radar, they hope to find some bargains.

Paea played for Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli in Chicago. He has 40 starts in four seasons, including all 16 games last season, with six of his 12 career sacks coming in 2014.

Clayborn, the 20th overall pick in 2011, has played only 20 games the past three seasons combined. He missed 13 games in 2012 with a knee injury and 15 games in 2014 with a torn biceps.

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