You could call it an annual rite of passage in the NFL when coaches, owners and general managers all start speaking with forked tongues. How do you know they are lying? Their lips are moving.
Exhibit A in Dallas is owner Jerry Jones.
A week ago, Jones said the Cowboys were comfortable with their roster and barring anything unforeseen they were pretty much done in free agency.
Jones went so far as to say he was satisfied with the team's prospects at free safety, which was a huge trouble spot last season.
Jones said the Cowboys believed Pat Watkins, who struggled as a rookie starter last season, could develop into a very solid player.
What do the Cowboys do at the start of this week? They searched the league for free safety help and brought unrestricted free agent Ken Hamlin in for a visit on March 21.
Two days later, he became a Cowboy on a one-year deal worth a reported $2.56 million.
Hamlin spent the last four years with the Seahawks and would be an upgrade over Watkins. Though he is known more for his hitting, Hamlin is solid in coverage and could prove to be a nice complement to starting strong safety Roy Williams.
The Cowboys plan to use Williams close to the line of scrimmage this season, where he can best use his skills. They needed a free safety that can play center field.
The Cowboys might draft a safety even after they signed Hamlin.
With Hamlin's signing the Cowboys could choose a receiver in the first round -- possibly Louisiana State Dwayne Bowe, Tennessee's Robert Meachem or Ohio State's Ted Ginn.
The Cowboys don't have an immediate need at receiver with Terry Glenn and Terrell Owens in the fold. But both players will be 34 next season. Add in the fact that third receiver Patrick Crayton will be a free agent after next season and the Cowboys suddenly need a prospect or two for the future.
Still, Jones was recently quoted as saying that Dallas could look at multiple positions in the first round, including quarterback.
"I don't think we're locked in at any position to come out with," he said. "I can see us going secondary, offensive line, whole gamut and maybe even a young quarterback."
So what will the Cowboys do next?
Who knows? And if history has taught us anything about Jerry Jones, anything is possible.
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