That means scouring the league for the top players available at positions of need. It also means making sure your own unrestricted free agents of worth are made an immediate priority.
For the Cowboys, one of the main players to keep an eye on is veteran tight end Dan Campbell.
Campbell's numbers this past season, his third with the Cowboys, were modest: three catches for 24 yards and a touchdown. But what he brings to the table off the field, as well as areas of the game that aren't kept on stat sheets (i.e. blocking) are just as important as number of tackles and/or first down catches to other players.
Those who follow the National Football League the closest know that Campbell is one of the league's best blockers and he does a lot of dirty work that is instrumental at the line of scrimmage.
Despite the fact that this former Texas A&M standout has dealt with his fair share of injuries during his time in Dallas, including having his appendix removed at the beginning of training camp last season, he's always rebounded to provide the Cowboys with a strong option as a blocking tight end.
And he's also a strong compliment to Jason Witten, who is quickly emerging as one of the top pass catching tight ends in the league.
Simply put, Witten, with the combination of Campbell, give the Cowboys one of the best one-two punches in the league at the tight end position.
And that's just one of many reasons why Dan Campbell will likely be signed to a new contract by the Cowboys in 2006.
Campbell signed with the club in 2003 after a successful stint with the New York Giants. His contract: three years in length with a signing bonus of $1,470,000.
It shouldn't take much more than that to get a new deal done.