Adams is a Priority to Parcells

Cowboys coach Bill Parcells said Tuesday he wants to re-sign unrestricted free-agent left tackle Flozell Adams. Adams made $4.92 million as the team's franchise player last season.

His performance, one of many disappointments on the offensive line in 2002, did not live up to the price tag. Yet, he apparently did enough to impress Parcells, who plans to overhaul the offensive line and has made re-signing Adams a top priority. Parcells met with Adams last week.

"That is one of the first things we talked about," Parcells said. "I haven't gone any further on any other players. I had a good meeting with him. I would like to work with him."

Roosevelt Barnes, Adams' agent, said the feeling is mutual, and Adams would like to get something done before free agency starts in March.

"Flozell would like to be here," Barnes said. "Bill brings a new energy, and (Adams) wants to play for him."

Adams is valued because of the scarcity of quality left tackles on the market. And considering the Cowboys will also be looking for a right tackle -- they will not bring back Solomon Page -- it's important that they find a way to make it work with Adams. Adams stands to win financially even if the Cowboys choose to put the franchise label on him again, a decision that would cost the Cowboys $5.74 million in 2003.

-- Coach Bill Parcells let it be known that no player will be given a free pass and that everyone will be held accountable.

Offensive coordinator Maurice Carthon said that philosophy will hold true for the coaches, too.

Carthon, who played under Parcells with the Giants, is one of two staff members to have previously coached with Parcells. Offensive assistant David Lee is the other.

From that experience, Carthon said he would "rather play for him than coach under him."

"He is demanding," Carthon said. "He is going to put pressure on you and your guys to perform at a high level. A lot of coaches aren't used to that. You have to get used to that."

Carthon said the first-time Parcells assistants will also have to learn when "they can speak to him and when they should just walk on by."

The latter is on Mondays after a loss, Carthon advised.

-- In the waning moments of Tampa Bay's 48-21 victory against Oakland in Super Bowl XXXVII, broadcaster Al Michaels wondered aloud about was going through the mind of Cowboys coach Bill Parcells.

Parcells' decision to back out of Tampa Bay job last year opened the door for Jon Gruden to become coach and lead the Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl title.

Parcells said he was happy for the Buccaneers because of the friends he has in the organization, namely offensive line coach Bill Muir, receiver Keyshawn Johnson and strength coach Johnny Parker. Parcells said he was impressed with Gruden and was happy for owner Malcolm Glazer.

-- Bill Parcells declined to speculate about the future of cornerback Dwayne Goodrich, who is facing two counts of manslaughter after two people died and a third was injured in a hit-and-run car accident two weeks ago.

Goodrich has also been charged with three counts of failure to render aid.

"We will evaluate it as it goes," Parcells said. "It was unfortunate. I don't know the player. I don't know the facts other than what I read. I am not judge and jury to say what will happen. I don't know whether he will have options to have a future here."

-- Bill Parcells acknowledged he will likely bring in a veteran quarterback so the coach can have options beyond Chad Hutchinson.

However, retired former Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman is not on Parcells' list at this time.

"I have not spoken to Troy," Parcells said. "My best guess is that that wouldn't be the direction I was looking, but you never know. I'd like to keep all options open."

Parcells said he would like to at least "have a guy like him."

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