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Stephen Jones: Don’t expect the Cowboys to go after big ticket items in free agency

The Cowboys haven’t spent big in free agency since giving cornerback Brandon Carr a five-year, $50.1 million deal in 2012.
The Cowboys haven’t spent big in free agency since giving cornerback Brandon Carr a five-year, $50.1 million deal in 2012. Star-Telegram

The Cowboys have a number of needs they won’t be able to fill in the 2016 NFL Draft so they will try supplement things with help in free agency.

But don’t expect the Cowboys to be big spenders in free agency. They will most likely be bargain shoppers than spend their money on a couple of big ticket items, per vice president Stephen Jones.

“I’m not a big fan of free agency; I’ll be the first to admit it,” Jones told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. “Unfortunately, good players get paid like they’re great players, average players get paid like they’re good players and it’s a domino effect. It’s not a great way to put your team together.”

The Cowboys will have between $10-13 million in cap room and could get a little more by adjusting some contracts if they needed to. But don’t expect the Cowboys to go crazy.

The Cowboys haven’t been big spenders in free agency since they signed cornerback Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50.1 million contract in 2012. Carr has been a reliable player but he has given the Cowboys a return on their investment by becoming a difference-making player.

Carr remains a cautionary tale for Jones and the Cowboys as they look to fill their needs in free agency.

“You never say never,” Jones said. “I think sometimes there are necessities that you need to jump out and do some things. Hopefully you’re not really needing to have something that you’re paying a good player like he’s a great player. We’ve done it before. It doesn’t mean we won’t do it ever again, but you try not to. Obviously you’d like to build your team through the draft and keep your players that hopefully you drafted well and keep those type of players so we’re not out there in free agency.”

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