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Cowboys have no interest in Dwight Freeney or any veteran pass rusher

Former Arizona Cardinals defensive end Dwight Freeney had eight sacks in 11 games last year but the Dallas Cowboys have no interest in the veteran pass rusher.
Former Arizona Cardinals defensive end Dwight Freeney had eight sacks in 11 games last year but the Dallas Cowboys have no interest in the veteran pass rusher. AP

It's no secret the Dallas Cowboys have questions at defensive end.

Their two projected starters _ Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence_ will miss the first four games of the season due to the NFL suspensions for violating the league's substance abuse policy.

No one left on the roster has more than four sacks in a season and more than six for a career. And that person is Jack Crawford a reserve. Benson Mayowa, the top free agent signee from Oakland, has two career sacks.

So it stands to reason that the Cowboys might look to free agency to shore up a position they only addressed in the draft with a fourth-round pick in Charles Tapper.

Reason in the form interest in veteran pass rusher Dwight Freeney or any other free agent doesn't apply to the Cowboys.

Vice president Stephen Jones said the team is focused on its young players and have no interest in Freeney or other veterans at this time.

"I think it's a little early for us," Jones said. "We kind of like our young guys right now. Obviously Dwight has had an amazing career; nothing to say but great things about Dwight with what he's accomplished in this league. But we all know this is a younger man's game. But I do think what he showed last year he was able to help a playoff team. So, all those things will be things that we keep our eyes on. But I don't think we're ready to make any move on any veteran that is available at this point."

Freeney, 36, has visited a few teams of late in hopes of continuing his career, including trips to the Cincinnati and Atlanta.

The 14-year veteran remains a proven pass rusher after recording eight sacks in 11 games with the Arizona Cardinals last year after signing in the middle of the season.

Lawrence recorded a career-high eight sacks last year. Gregory had no sacks as a rookie.

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