Free Agency: 3 Candidates Leading the Way

With rumors running wild and with free agency set to begin sometime in the next 24 hours, the Dallas Cowboys should look to fill their needs at these two positions first.

Leading the offseason concerns for the Dallas Cowboys this year are two key positions: right tackle and kicker. Not surprisingly, these are two positions that we expect to see filled early this upcoming week. has learned that three candidates have emerged as lead targets for the Cowboys in free agency this year: OL Jason Fabini, K Matt Bryant and also FB Jerald Sowell.

Not surprisingly, Sowell and Fabini are former Parcells' players with the New York Jets.

Fabini, in particular, is especially attractive because he has proven himself at right tackle and will likely come at a decent price. He would also give the Cowboys a short-term option at the position, which would allow the team to add additional talent in the draft without having to throw a rookie into the mix next year.

Of course, the one obstacle that could prevent Fabini signing with Dallas is health. Fabini started 114 consecutive games until a chest injury forced him to miss the last half of the 2005 season. The Cowboys want to make sure that Fabini is back to 100% before taking another chance on an injured offensive lineman.

Sowell would be a good pick up because of his abilities on special teams and also because the Cowboys only have one true fullback on the roster- Lousaka Polite. While his signing would not command the national headlines that other free agents would, he would be another player that could step into a role that looks to be vacated by Dan Campbell, who is expected to become an unrestricted free agent.

At right tackle, Dallas is also considering Mike Williams, the former top five pick in the 2002 NFL Draft.

Williams, who played his college ball at Texas and has never lived up to his natural ability in Buffalo, could still be a quality pickup if the Cowboys think they can ignite his career.

At kicker, Matt Bryant, who was first rumored to be one of the lead candidates by Mike Fisher of early last week, appears to be the leading candidate to take over as the Cowboys' kicker next season.

While it is far from official, continues to hear that Adam Vinatieri will likely stay with New England. The Cowboys are still interested, but from what we understand, he's likely out of Dallas' price range and New England has already made him an offer that would be hard to refuse after considering all of his options.

Mike Vanderjagt is another possibility, but the Cowboys feel as though Bryant could offer better value.

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