With free agency beginning next week, the Cowboys have planned conversations with agents about their clients and prospective free agents.
Drew Rosenhaus will likely spend a lot of time with the Cowboys. First and foremost is a possible contract extension for running back Marion Barber.
Barber is a restricted free agent who will likely draw the highest tender of $2.5 million. But he wants a multi-year contract and the Cowboys are entertaining the idea of signing something long-term with Barber. They have plans to talk about a new contract with Rosenhaus in Indianapolis at the scouting combine.
Rosenhaus will also talk to the Cowboys about free-agent linebacker Zach Thomas, who was released by the Dolphins last week. Thomas has listed the Cowboys as one of the teams he would like to continue his career with.
Of course there is also the matter of a possible contract extension for receiver Terrell Owens. The Cowboys have already indicated they will pay Owens a $3 million roster bonus to guarantee his salary for next season. But Owens is in the final year of his contract and would like a new deal.
The Cowboys must decide whether to give it to him now or wait until the end of the season.
That is more complicated than it seems, because things were going well with Owens in Philadelphia until he didn't get a new deal he was asking for.
Would waiting until the end of the season upset Owens and if so how much would that impact his continued efforts to be a team player?
Beyond Rosenhaus, the Cowboys will talk to Kennard McGuire, the agent for safety Ken Hamlin, who was tagged as the franchise player Feb. 21. The two sides have set up talks at the combine.
They will also discuss a new contract with Jordan Woy, the agent for free-agent tackle Flozell Adams. Woy has replaced Roosevelt Barnes as Adams' agent. Adams fired Barnes last week.
OTHER NOTES: Former Miami linebacker Zach Thomas has identified the Cowboys as a team on his wish list of possible destinations after being cut last week.
The Cowboys have expressed interest in seeing how much Thomas has left in the tank.
The two sides have set up a meeting for next Tuesday after the combine -- of course that's only if Thomas does not travel to Indianapolis to meet with several teams.
He has already visited the Saints and Patriots. The Patriots have offered a contract for next year. He is also drawing interest from the Texans, the Colts and the Chargers.
Considering Thomas has always played in the 4-3 and is an undersized linebacker, there is a question of how he would fit into the 3-4 defense, where size at linebacker is a key factor.
However, coach Wade Phillips is a Zach Thomas fan from way back. And he of course he has a history of plugging square pegs into round holes.
In San Diego he used the undersized Donnie Edwards very effectively at inside linebacker in his 3-4 defense.
So if the Cowboys determine that Thomas is healthy enough to handle the rigors of playing inside linebacker in the 3-4 defense they might get into bidding for the former Texas Tech star.
Keep in mind Thomas' 2007 season was prematurely ended by a concussion.
But the 12-year veteran says he is healthy and ready to go -- a fact confirmed by the decision by the Patriots to extend him a contract offer.
If the Cowboys do go after Thomas he will likely compete with Akin Ayodele and Kevin Burnett for a starting role opposite Bradie James.
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