Free Agency: Cowboys UFA Update

A look at where things currently stand for the Cowboys 2006 Unrestricted Free Agents.

Unrestricted Free Agents (9)
TE Dan Campbell – This savvy veteran out of Texas A&M is one of the emotional leaders of the team, and by all accounts, will be re-signed. His numbers in 2005 were modest- just three catches for 24 yards and a touchdown, but his value off the field and in the locker room, not to mention his run blocking, are too strong to ignore. In addition, with both Campbell and Jason Witten on the roster, the Cowboys have two of the top tight ends in the league.

G/C Andre Gurode – The prevailing opinion when the Cowboys drafted Andre Gurode out of Colorado four years ago was that they picked up first round talent despite selecting him in the second round. So far, Gurode hasn't lived up to the hype. He's started 44 games during his career and has the versatility to play guard or center, but his overall play has been anything but consistent. He'll likely receive a better offer from another team this offseason, but could be back with Dallas at the right price.

LB Mike Barrow – Barrow was signed in November 2005 after LB Dat Nguyen went down with a season ending injury, but he never became a factor on game day. With Barrow entering the final stages of his career, not to mention his history of injuries, the Cowboys will likely not bring him back next season.

LB Quinton Caver – With a season ending injury to Al Singleton (fractured clavical), the Dallas Cowboys signed Quinton Caver Nov. 9 to provide veteran experience to their linebacking corps. This little used linebacker would go on to see action in just eight games, recording three tackles. He is not a priority for the Cowboys this offseason and will likely not be back with the team.

LB Scott Fujita – The Cowboys acquired Fujita from the Chiefs for a sixth-round draft pick in 2006 and a conditional draft pick in 2007. And over the course of the 2005 season, it became clear that Fujita was worth it. In 16 games, he recorded 53 total tackles and two sacks. He was somewhat slow to recover from an injured shoulder, but he could become a valuable addition for head coach Bill Parcells in the coming years.

LB Eric Ogbogu – In 2004, Ogbogu played in 15 games with one start and finished the season third on the team in sacks with 4.5, but his production dropped off dramatically in 2005. Ogbogu played in just six games last year, recording one tackle. He will not be brought back next season.

OT Marcus Price – Looking for additional help at tackle, the Cowboys signed seven-year veteran tackle Marcus Price in November. Price had worked out with the team previously, but wasn't in good enough physical condition at the time. "I needed to be prepared to do whatever they ask me to do, and the first time I wasn't in the shape that I needed to be," Price said upon his arrival in Dallas. Price is not a priority this offseason and likely won't be brought back.

S Lynn Scott – Scott was one of a pair of former Cowboys (Tony Dixon) to re-sign with the team on Nov 1. The five-year veteran out of NW Oklahoma State, started nine of his last 10 games in the 2004 season after Darren Woodson went down with a season-ending injury, but he's largely viewed as a career back up and will likely not be back with the team next year.

S Tony Dixon – The on-again off-again relationship between reserve safety Tony Dixon and the Dallas Cowboys will be off in 2006. The Cowboys need a talent upgrade at the free safety position and will likely address this need in free agency or the draft. That means Tony Dixon will likely be looking for work elsewhere next season.

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