The Cowboys will spent $155 mil to assemble a 55-man roster. That’s not a cliche; it’s just math.
Now, do multiple bargains benefit a team as much as a single big splash? The Cowboys seem intent on finding out. Here’s Friday’s movement:
*Mo Claiborne is back with Dallas with a one-year deal worth $3 million. The Cowboys avoided picking up that fifth-year option for 2016 (wise) to instead do Mo this way.
Claiborne was the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft and has as many injuries as he has big plays. But the expectations at those high levels are gone now. This is a short and relatively cheap add.
*What about another cornerback, Eagles free agent Nolan Carroll? Fish was on live radio late Thursday on 105.3 The Fan saying Dallas was still trying to “hammer something out.’’ As of Friday afternoon, we’ve moved to Fish reporting, "Claiborne’s signing doesn’t necessarily preclude Dallas from continuing talks regarding Carroll and others.’'
*Kyle Wilber has signed a two-year deal today to stay with the Cowboys, the fourth-round pick from the 2012 NFL Draft settling in as a part-time linebacker and core special-teamer. He joins Rolando McClain as the two free-agent linebackers who have stayed with Dallas this week.
*The Chargers hosted James Hanna, who Dallas drafted in the sixth round in 2012 and view as a quality blocker worth trying to retain. So ... it's a three-year deal for him to remain with the Cowboys.
*Defensive end Chris Long reportedly requested a meeting with the Cowboys and has planned a Valley Ranch visit.
*The 49ers hosted running back Lance Dunbar this week. We will continue to monitor.
*The Cowboys re-signed offensive tackle Charles Brown. He was the primary backup to Tyron Smith and Doug Free last year and now gives a push to young swing-tackle candidate Chaz Green.
*QB Matt Moore visited Dallas but left without a deal and with a plan to visit Indy on Monday. Dallas still needs help here. (And no, not Johnny Manziel.)
*Dallas’ big get is free-agent defensive lineman Cedric Thornton, with a four-year deal totaling $17 million. The Cowboys flipped the “Tyrone Trigger’’ in a cap trick regarding Tyrone Crawford’s deal that allows the team the $4.5 million of shopping room to complete a deal like this.
*Could there be another "big get''? This story starts with Fish on Thursday morning on 105.3 The Fan ...
Dallas has always considered the Pro Bowler Weddle to be too expensive. But what if his "tier'' keeps slipping?
*Mackenzy Bernadeau signed a deal with the Jags, important because it accelerates the need to come to an agreement with tendered Ron Leary and/or to seek a player like Bernadeau who has center/guard position flex. Ultimately, All-Pro guard Zack Martin could fill that role.
*The NFL handed out the 32 compensatory draft picks this year and as expected, the Cowboys get a bonanza with their expected four extra picks.
They are as follows:
4th round: 37th pick (135th overall)
6th round: 37th pick (212)
6th round: 41st pick (216)
6th round: 42nd pick (217)
The comp picks go to the Cowboys in addition to their standard selections, including the No. 4 overall pick and picks in the second, third, fourth and sixth rounds. … a total of nine picks in the seven-round late-April draft.