They believe they have been very successful in filling needs with the additions of backup quarterback Jon Kitna (trade), linebacker Keith Brooking, safety Gerald Sensabaugh and defensive end Igor Olshansky and can focus on taking the best player in the draft.
They will continue to look for help at safety, cornerback and receiver in the draft and during the second phase of free agency after the draft.
Owner Jerry Jones recently discussed those moves and other offseason decisions:
Are you done in free agency?
"We don't want to completely dismiss that we might be interested if a situation comes along, but in general, I don't see ... We're close enough to the draft now that to make a commitment in free agency, especially in backup areas, that wouldn't be smart. We need to see where we draft."
Could you still draft a quarterback for the future?
"We could. Very much. I wouldn't dismiss that in any way. We may want to do some things (in) our offense this year with a third quarterback. That's something other than be there as a backup to the second quarterback and be there in case you lose all the quarterbacks and be there not certainly as a development prospect, but we could hopefully find a quarterback with a set of skills that we could put some packages in for."
You talked about packages. Do you mean the Cowboys are going to use the Wildcat offense?
"That type of deal. We may have him in (wide receiver Isaiah) Stanback. But I want to be careful about taking away time from Stanback on his potential development as a receiver. So we could have a quarterback situation like that."
You traded away Anthony Henry. Who do you plan to start at right cornerback opposite Terence Newman?
"I look at it as more of three or four players than I do any one player, because if we do what we'd really like to do with our safety in our nickel and dime situations then I would look at it more rather than just a right corner."
Can Wade Phillips handle defensive coordinator and head coach?
"I think what he's done is there are some things that he needed to just have some time that he needed to shuffle around a little bit so that he can do the things he needs to do as head coach and coordinator. But I feel comfortable with it. I think he will serve the team very well. I've always thought that I prefer the head coach being the coordinator on one side of the ball or the other.
"I've always felt that rather than a walk around head coach. But that takes, when you do that, you've got to have some guys that some of the things that a coordinator, just a pure defensive coordinator, could do such as he needs extra help ... Not so much the meetings as much as it do a lot of his research and a lot of his evaluation and of course he's got some of the young guys around him that can do computer work now."
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