Looking Towards the Draft

Cowboys coach Bill Parcells has a list posted on the personnel board in his office. It includes his musts, his needs and his wants. Parcells, speaking at a news conference for only the third time since being hired Jan. 2, said he already has crossed off several things during free agency.

"We put a pretty big dent in some of these things already," Parcells said. "But you know at the end of the day, sometimes circumstances just don't allow you (to do everything you want). On my must list, I had about nine things I wanted to do. On the need list, I probably had eight or nine. I've probably got half of the 'needs' done and maybe half of the 'musts' done."

The Cowboys have not added a veteran quarterback as they had hoped, and they will be starting a season without Emmitt Smith, the NFL's all-time leading rusher, for the first time since 1989. But they have traded for receiver Terry Glenn, a former first-round pick of the Patriots; signed fullback Richie Anderson, right tackle Ryan Young, linebacker Al Singleton and tight end Dan Campbell; and re-signed left tackle Flozell Adams.

Glenn, Anderson and Young previously played for Parcells.

"I know what they're going to do, and my expectations for them," Parcells said of his former players. "I think that's going to work out fine. I think they'll add something to the team, and I think also, and this is no secret, that they'll help other players understand why things are the way they are."

Glenn, whom Parcells referred to as "she" when Glenn was slow to recover from a training-camp hamstring injury while in New England, is the most intriguing addition to the roster. He has 385 catches for 5,486 yards and 24 touchdowns in seven seasons.

"I'd like to have that same guy he was when he was a rookie," Parcells said. "That would certainly suffice. But again, I look at Terry Glenn pretty much the same way as I looked at entering into the relationship with the Cowboys. I mean, this needs to work.

"Where is he in his career now? I'm not sure. I thought he played pretty well for the Packers (last year). I think he's got tremendous hands. He's got good quickness. If he gets it going and we have somebody that can get him the ball, he'll be a threat."

So who is going to throw the ball? Chad Hutchinson and Quincy Carter, who split the quarterback job last season, appear to be the future for the Cowboys. At least for 2003.

The Cowboys did not consider Jeff Blake, Jake Plummer or Kordell Stewart, and Jake Delhomme chose the Carolina Panthers over Dallas.

"We certainly didn't want to get into the big, big ticket deal," Parcells said.

The Denver Broncos are expected to release Brian Griese on June 1, and Texas quarterback Chris Simms could be available for the Cowboys in the second round of the draft. But Parcells said Griese was a "hypothetical" question, while giving Simms only a "minuscule" chance of landing with the Cowboys.

All Parcells knows about Hutchinson, Carter or Clint Stoerner is what he has seen on film, on the stat sheets and on the practice field. In other words, Parcells has a lot to learn about his returning quarterbacks, who have a combined six seasons of experience, 26 starts, 23 touchdowns and 28 interceptions.

"You can't evaluate a quarterback in shorts. You just can't," Parcells said. "It's under pressure that counts, how they respond to it. ... You don't find out about them until it really goes bad, until everybody is booing them, they're hurt, they lost the game for the team and everybody knows it, coaches are looking at them funny. Now, they've got to prove they can do it."

Troy Hambrick, who has rushed for 924 career yards, including 317 last season, will get the first shot at replacing Smith, who agreed to a two-year contract with the Cardinals on Wednesday. The Cowboys stayed away from free agents Stephen Davis and Stacey Mack, and Olandis Gary, as yet, has not piqued their interest.

"Troy Hambrick is going to get a good chance," Parcells said. "That's what he said he's been wanting. Well, as they say in Texas, we're fixin' to find out."

Parcells always has had a strong running game, with Joe Morris, Dave Meggett, Ottis Anderson and Curtis Martin. He isn't sure what he has in Hambrick, Michael Wiley, Woodrow Dantzler and Ennis Haywood, who have a combined 1,427 career rushing yards.

"Do I hope it's OK? Yeah, I do hope, but I don't know how they're going to be," Parcells said.

Parcells knows little for sure other than he's happy to be back in coaching. At least until the team's first loss.

NEEDS/DRAFT PRIORITIES: QB -- Bill Parcells wants a veteran quarterback to lead his team. He also wants options other than Chad Hutchinson and Quincy Carter. They don't plan to spend a lot of money but they will be in talks with Kordell Stewart, Jake Plummer, Jake Delhomme and Jim Miller. They would also consider trading for Vinny Testaverde or Brian Griese.

OL -- Even after re-signing left tackle Flozell Adams, they are looking for two offensive line starters in free agency, one tackle and a guard. They were eyeing tackle Ryan Young and guard Randy Thomas as possible targets for right tackle and right guard, but Thomas signed with Washington.

CB -- The Cowboys only have three cornerbacks under contract, second-year players Derek Ross and Pete Hunter and the recently-signed Donald Mitchell. Mario Edwards, who started the past two years, is a restricted free agent. However, he might be best suited as a nickel corner.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: TE Mike Lucky (the Cowboys want to re-sign and will consider moving him to tackle); DT Michael Myers (will not return because Cowboys have no interest); OT Solomon Page (will not be re-signed because of attitude issues); WR Darnay Scott (was a Bruce Coslet signee and will not return); DE Peppi Zellner (Cowboys have no interest in end who had no sacks in 2003).

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): CB Jermaine Jones (not tendered as ERFA); WR Anthony Lucas (not tendered as ERFA).

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: CB Mario Edwards (tendered at $605,000 with 6th-round pick as compensation; will likely be nickel back if he returns); QB Clint Stoerner (tendered at $605,000 with no compensation; he will also be hard-pressed to make the roster next season if the Cowboys bring in a veteran starter); RB Michael Wiley (tendered at $605,000 with 5th-round pick as compensation; a valued third down back).

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: RB Woody Dantzler (tendered at $300,000); P Filip Filopovic (tendered at $300,000); RB Troy Hambrick (tendered at $450,000).

PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: OT Flozell Adams (UFA; $25M/5 yrs, $5M SB; 2003 cap: $2.5M); LB Jamal Brooks (Potential ERFA; $300,000/1 yr); OG Dan Collins (Potential ERFA; $225,000/1 yr); PK Billy Cundiff (Potential ERFA; 300,000/1 yr); SS Keith Davis (ERFA; $300,000/1 yr); DT Demetric Evans (Potential ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); LB Louis Mackey (ERFA; $300,000/1 yr); WR Ken-Yon Rambo (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); SS Lynn Scott (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); WR Reggie Swinton (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); OG Ross Tucker (ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); DE Colston Weatherington (ERFA; $300,000/1 yr); TE James Whalen (Potential ERFA; $375,000/1 yr); WR Randal Williams (Potential ERFA; $375,000/1 yr).

PLAYERS ACQUIRED: FB Richie Anderson (UFA Jets; $3.08M/3 yrs, $800,000 SB; 2003 cap: $1.022M); TE Dan Campbell (UFA Giants; $4M/3 yrs, $1.47M SB; 2003 cap: $1.024M); WR Terry Glenn (Trade Packers); P Toby Gowin (UFA Saints; $3.889M/5 yrs, $500,000 SB; 2003 cap: $634,000); CB Donald Mitchell (UFA Titans; $2.6M/3 yrs, $675,000 SB); LB Al Singleton (UFA Buccaneers; terms unknown); OT Ryan Young (UFA Texans; $6.5M/3 yrs; $2M SB; 2003 cap: $1.2M).

PLAYERS LOST: CB Dwayne Goodrich (cut); WR Raghib Ismail (cut); LB Kevin Hardy (UFA Bengals; $14.4/4 yrs, $3.5M SB); OG Jeremy McKinney (cut); DT Brandon Noble (UFA Redskins; $6.53M/4 yrs, $1.8M SB); RB Emmitt Smith (cut); FB Robert Thomas (cut).

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