Monday News & Draft Notes

News and notes on RFA Torrin Tucker, QB Drew Henson and draft target Charles Spencer.

TUCKER DEADLINE APPROACHING: The Cowboys have until April 6 to match the offer sheet restricted free agent tackle Torrin Tucker signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last week.

He will get a $100,000 roster bonus in 2006 and a $1.2 million base salary. He will also get a $200,000 roster bonus in 2007 and a $1.1 million base salary.

If the Cowboys don't match it, Tucker will become a member of the Buccaneers. In addition, because Tucker was signed as an undrafted free agent in 2003, the Cowboys will get no compensation.

It's unlikely the Cowboys will match the offer, as Tucker is no better than the fourth tackle in Dallas behind Flozell Adams, Jason Fabini and Rob Petitti.

Meanwhile in Tampa Bay, he has a chance to start at left tackle.

HENSON HAS MODEST NUMBERS: Cowboys-allocated quarterback Drew Henson completed 14-of-28 passes for 165 yards to go along with one touchdown and one interception Saturday in a 20-10 win for the Rhein Fire.

With the win, Rhein remains undefeated through three games.

For the season, Henson has now completed 36-of-63 passes (57%) for 394 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. He has a quarterback rating of 79.7.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said recently about Henson's development this spring, "It's very important. It's a significant thing. We've got to keep our options open when you look at the future."

SPENCER RECEIVING HEAVY DALLAS INTEREST: According to a league source, the Cowboys have their eyes on University of Pittsburgh OL Charles Spencer who visited the organization recently.

Spencer projects to play inside at the next level though he's capable of playing at tackle if needed.

Spencer is seen as a developmental player that could Dallas depth initially but challenge for a starting job later on. He also could be the eventual replacement for soon to be 34-year old G Marco Rivera.

HARRINGTON WATCH ON? According to various published reports, Lions QB Joey Harrington could be close to a two-year contract with the Miami Dolphins.

However if the Dolphins and Lions are unable to agree on an acceptable trade, Cincinnati is another team showing significant interest. Kansas City and Seattle are two other teams that would like to bring the former No. 3 overall pick in the draft in for a visit.

While the Cowboys have shown interest in Harrington, believes that interest is indeed, minimal.

"We certainly had him rated really, really good coming out as most people did," Jerry Jones said late last week. "So you weigh all of that. He's a guy that our system, with what we're doing right now, would work for him. We haven't gone that much into it. ... We're just scratching our head on it a little bit."

In other words, don't hold your breath when it comes to Joey Harrington playing for the Dallas Cowboys.

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