What's next for the Dallas Cowboys when it comes to free agency? Using our crystal ball here at TheRanchReport.com, here's a sampling of what could happen in the coming days:
1) Martin Gramatica will be re-signed
Without question, Gramatica did enough at the end of last year to warrant consideration for 2007: 7-of-9 on field goals with a long of 48 yards and a perfect 23-of-23 on extra points. The Cowboys don't want to spend Mike Vanderjagt kind of money this offseason only to get Mike Vanderjagt kind of results during the regular season- and they won't. Gramatica will sign a multi-year deal and be the Cowboys kicker for all 16 games of the 2007 season.
2) The Cowboys will find a way to re-sign Marc Colombo
Make no mistake, the Cowboys want Colombo back, they just have to be patient as he tests the waters of free agency. The good news is as of Sunday evening, Colombo had yet to visit another team. If and when Dallas gets him back to the negotiating table, look for Colombo to return at right tackle while newly acquired offensive lineman Leonard Davis will take over at right guard. Remember- a healthy Davis and Colombo equals better protection for Tony Romo and bigger holes for Julius Jones and Marion Barber next season. The bottom line here is the re-signing of Marc Colombo would be one of the biggest moves the Cowboys could make this offseason.
3) The Cowboys Still Need Help at QB
No, Dallas surely doesn't need a starter with Romo returning next year, but it does need a veteran back up now that Drew Bledsoe has been released. There were rumors circulating Friday that former Vikings back up Brad Johnson could be visiting Valley Ranch but sources have maintained to TheRanchReport.com that no visit has been set. However, Johnson is a name to continue to watch as TheRanchReport.com believes he could be in the mix as soon as early this week. Other names to keep an eye on include Joey Harrington and Kerry Collins.
4) Free Agency Spending Spree Will Continue
While many outlets reported the Cowboys would not be making a big splash in free agency, TheRanchReport.com has maintained throughout the last seven days that at least one big name would be signed. So far that has proven true with the acquisition of Leonard Davis. But what's next? Is former Pittsburgh linebacker Joey Porter in the mix? Calls to Porter's agent have been unreturned but sources tell TheRanchReport.com that there has been no Valley Ranch visit set for the talented linebacker. In fact, with Davis' big contract already done, would the Cowboys offer up the kind of money Joey Porter is looking for? Probably not. Still, the Cowboys will likely make additional noise with a backup quarterback, the re-signing of Colombo and possibly one or two lesser known signings on defense.
While there may not be as much noise made as last year during the month of March, that's not necessarily a bad thing. Remember, a handful of last year's free agent acquisitions turned out to be a flop. Players like Ryan Hannam, Mike Vanderjagt and Marcus Coleman did more harm that good.
In addition, it's not like the entire roster needs to be overhauled. The Cowboys made the playoffs last year and should have won their wildcard game at Seattle.
In other words, just a few key additions could go a long ways in getting this team back to the playoffs and even deeper next year. And one of those additions is already here with Leonard Davis coming to terms.
And oh by the way, there is the 2007 NFL Draft next month. The Cowboys can continue to address concerns in the secondary, the offensive line and elsewhere at that time.
Porter? Colombo? What's Next for Dallas?
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