'Boys Free Agent Watch Officially On

The Chris Canty watch is officially on as he and several other Cowboys get set to test the free agent market.

As things stand now, the Cowboys don't have any free agent priorities. They plan to let their top unrestricted free agents test the market and see what deals they can fetch before deciding whether to match them.

This group includes safety Keith Davis, defensive end Chris Canty and linebackers Kevin Burnett and Zach Thomas.

All were starters or huge contributors last season and could reprise the same role or increased roles next season. Yet, the Cowboys are going to play the wait and see game with them.

At inside linebacker, Thomas could return as the starter next to Bradie James or Burnett could replace him as the starter. Burnett played nickel linebacker last season. The wild card in the equation is free agent Ray Lewis, who has expressed interest in the Cowboys. If the Cowboys pursued Lewis they will simply let Burnett and Thomas walk.

The Cowboys would like Canty to return but he is currently pricing himself out of town. He is looking for more money than they are willing to give so they are going to let the market determine his value.

Davis is valued more for his special teams abilities but he could return as the starting strong safety if the team releases Roy Williams. The Cowboys will simply let defensive tackle Tank Johnson walk in free agency.

Brooks Bollinger will get a chance to compete for the backup quarterback job. But the Cowboys are in the market for upgrade and could pursue Chris Simms in free agency.

Wide receiver Miles Austin and defensive end Stephen Bowen are the restricted free agent priorities. As of now the Cowboys plan to give Austin a second round free agent tender. Bowen might get the second round tender as insurance in case they lose Canty.

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