Cowboys Have Trent Cole On Wish List

IRVING - Cowboys sources tell us they are prioritizing pass-rushers in free-agency shopping and an NFL source tells us to put just-cut Eagles standout Trent Cole on the Dallas 'wish list.' Brian Orakpo's place on that wish list? Much lower ...

The Philadelphia Eagles attempted to retain veteran defensive end/linebacker Trent Cole with a contract re-do, but instead he's on the street, having been released and now taking visits to Indy and Tampa.

And while a visit to Valley Ranch is not yet planned, NFL sources tell that Cole is on the team's "wish list'' -- and that pass-rushers are being prioritized by the Dallas Cowboys as free agency approaches.

Cole, a fifth-round draft pick in 2005 and a 10-year vet, played all 10 seasons for the Eagles and is second on the team's all-time sack leaders with 85.5, behind only the legendary Reggie White's 124. He recorded 14.5 sacks in the past two years.

This sort of "wish list'' likely has names above Cole, 32. Jerry Hughes, is reporting, is seeking in excess of $8 mil a year to stay in Buffalo. was the first to report of Dallas' exploration of Greg Hardy of Carolina, despite the behavioral storm clouds -- and we predict the Cowboys will eventually sour on this idea. Brandon Graham, also of the Eagles, was drafted high in 2010 but has been pushed out of position from end to outside linebacker. The Ravens' Pernell McPhee projects very well as a full-time rusher in a 4-3 front.

On a level down from there: Texas native Brian Orakpo, the oft-injured Redskins pass-rusher who, Cowboys sources tell us, Dallas has "minor interest'' in.

All of the above figure to be part of what Dallas hopes are "second-wave'' opportunities in free agency. Teams can begin negotiations on Saturday and can finalize deals on Tuesday ... with Dallas believing that by the following Tuesday, March 17, there will be great bargains still on the shelves.

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