The Dallas Cowboys need more depth at cornerback, but they aren’t willing to tender cornerback Sterling Moore as a restricted free agent. Therefore, he will become an unrestricted free agent at 3 p.m. Tuesday.
The Cowboys, though, are interested in bringing back Moore for the right price, a source said. Moore was in line for a $1.542 million deal if the Cowboys tendered him an offer.
Moore, 25, played in every game last season, including seven starts. He had 14 pass deflections and was credited with 49 tackles by the coaches.
Moore, an SMU product, joined the Cowboys in the middle of the 2012 season and played five games that season and five more in 2013.
The Cowboys have more decisions to make at cornerback, beginning with Brandon Carr. They will try to talk Carr into taking a pay cut. He is scheduled to make $8 million in base salary this year and count $12.2 million against the salary cap.
And Morris Claiborne remains a question mark with injury and performance concerns. He continues to rehab from a knee injury and might not be ready by training camp.
That leaves Orlando Scandrick as the only known quantity at cornerback for the Cowboys going into 2015.
The Cowboys will tender offers to running back Lance Dunbar and punter Chris Jones for the $1.542 million price. Because Dunbar and Jones were undrafted free agents, Dallas will not receive compensation should they sign elsewhere.
Dunbar is viewed as a respectable change-of-pace back, although he is coming off an underwhelming season. He had 99 rushing yards on 29 carries.
Jones, meanwhile, averaged 45.4 yards a punt. The Cowboys have also signed an Australian punter, Tom Hornsey, to compete for the job.
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