Updated Team Needs

The Cowboys have no free-agent visits planned nor do they anticipate planning any in the near future.

The Cowboys have no free-agent visits planned nor do they anticipate planning any in the near future.

1. Receiver: Terrell Owens will be 35 next year and Terry Glenn is the same age and missed 15 games last year with a knee injury. The Cowboys expressed interest in free-agent receiver Javon Walker, but he signed with the Raiders. The Cowboys need a young playmaker at receiver for next year and beyond. Vice president Stephen Jones said the Cowboys expect to get better at receiver from within as rookie Isaiah Stanback, a college quarterback, should be better in his second year. But still they need to add a receiver or two in the draft.

2. Cornerback: The Cowboys need a third corner to compete for a Super Bowl championship. Getting by with someone like Jacques Reeves playing behind starters Terence Newman and Anthony Henry just won't cut it anymore. A first-round corner could also replace Henry in the starting lineup. Consider also that the Cowboys could be a player in the Pacman Jones sweepstakes when and if he is ever reinstated by the league and released by the Titans. Jones has been banned by the league for violating the personal conduct policy. He has expressed interest in signing with the Cowboys when he comes back. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones has already had internal discussions about how Jones would fit in Dallas.

3. Running back: The Cowboys have no running backs under contracts -- although they have offered restricted free agent Marion Barber the highest tender of $2.56 million. Even with Barber the Cowboys need to address the running back position in the draft and or free agency because Julius Jones signed with Seattle. The Cowboys need a speed back to complement the bruising style of Barber. But the draft is loaded with quality backs and the Cowboys could nab one in the first or second round.


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