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Cowboys free agents: Felix Jones

January, 30, 2013

JAN 30
11:30
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Jones/Romo
Felix Jones never quite panned out after being drafted as a first-rounder.

Felix Jones

Position: Running back 

Type: Unrestricted 

Summary: For only the second time in his five seasons, Jones was able to play a full season. But he was banged up throughout the season. Jones started seven times after DeMarco Murray suffered a sprained foot, but he never had more than 100 yards rushing in a game. He finished the year with 402 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 111 carries. He also caught 25 passes for 262 yards and caught two touchdowns. With a chance to change perceptions in a contract year, Jones came up short. 

Why keep him: The Cowboys need a backup running back behind Murray and one with the ability to start, considering Murray’s health issues. Jones would be cost efficient, as well. He knows the offense and has familiarity with the coaches. 

Why let him go: Jones is a reminder of just how wrong the Cowboys were in 2008 when they drafted him in the first round over backs such as Ray Rice and Matt Forte. He has a difficult time staying healthy and he is just not an instinctive runner. 

Best guess: It’s time to move on. Jones played hard and played hurt, but he just did not play well enough. Teams should be able to find running backs anywhere, and there is no need to bring back a first-rounder that failed to live up to expectations. 

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Derrick Dockery
Tim Heitman/USA TODAY SportsDerrick Dockery proved to be a reliable backup after signing because of injuries to the offensive line.

Derrick Dockery

Position: Guard 

Type: Unrestricted 

Summary: Dockery was signed in training camp after injuries to the interior offensive line left the Cowboys thin. Dockery started one game and was a reliable veteran backup. When Mackenzy Bernadeau struggled, offensive line coach Bill Callahan gave Dockery first-team reps in practice. Bernadeau would improve and he maintained his starting role, but having Dockery around was good insurance for the Cowboys. He practiced through a bursa sac above his knee in the last two months of the season. 

Why keep him: Nothing wrong with keeping veteran linemen around in case younger linemen don’t develop. Dockery is one of those trusted veterans who can adapt to both guard spots and can mentor young linemen. 

Why let him go: It’s probably time to let the 32-year old test the free agent market again. The Cowboys have young interior linemen in Kevin KowalskiPhil CostaDavid Arkin and Ronald Leary, who will be given a chance to make the 53-man roster. 

Best guess: Dockery is good for the short term and was needed in 2012 when injuries and ineffective play hampered the offensive line. He most likely will hit the free agent market again, so it’s time for the Cowboys to let him go and rely on younger linemen. 

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Mike Jenkins
Jeff Fishbein/Icon SMIMike Jenkins wants a starting job, but he won’t get it with the Cowboys.

Mike Jenkins

Position: Cornerback 

Type: Unrestricted 

Summary: Jenkins’ contract year could not have gone worse. He had reconstructive surgery on his right shoulder after the 2011 season, did almost all of his rehab away from the Cowboys, missed the entire offseason program, saw the Cowboys sign Brandon Carr to a $50 million free-agent deal and draft Morris Claiborne with the sixth overall pick in the draft. Jenkins was not healthy enough to play in the opener, missed three games during the year and started only two. After Orlando Scandrick was lost for the year with a broken hand, Jenkins moved into the slot for the first time in his career. He had only 14 tackles and three pass breakups and did not have an interception. 

Why keep him: He has ability and can be a top-shelf cornerback when healthy, and teams can never have enough cornerbacks. After the season he had, he could be a cheap buy. 

Why let him go: This isn’t about the Cowboys letting him go. This is about Jenkins wanting to go, especially after the drafting of Claiborne. He wants an opportunity to start, which he won’t get here. 

Best guess: Jenkins will play elsewhere in 2013, but he will not land the type of deal he expects. He might have to go with a one-year deal with the chance to cash in the following season. He turns 28 in March, so he might have a difficult time ever cashing in. 

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Kenyon Coleman
AP Photo/Paul AbellThe move to a 4-3 defense could spell the end of Kenyon Coleman’s days in Dallas.

Kenyon Coleman

Position: Defensive end 

Type: Unrestricted 

Summary: Coleman played in only seven games in 2012 because of injuries. He suffered a torn triceps on Nov. 11 at Philadelphia that required season-ending surgery. He finished with 22 tackles, two quarterback pressures and one forced fumble. Before getting hurt, he was playing his best football, and the run defense suffered in his absence. 

Why keep him: He fits in with Jason Garrett’s desire to have the “right kind of guy” in the locker room. He is selfless and will do what the coaches ask of him. 

Why let him go: The move to the 4-3 hurts Coleman’s chances of returning, even on a one-year deal at the veteran minimum. He is a 3-4 defensive end with the ability to hold up blockers, but he is not a penetrating type of lineman. 

Best guess: The Cowboys need to upgrade their defensive line with their move to the 4-3 and need to get younger and more athletic up front. Coleman could return as a fall-back option, but the chances of that happening should be slim. 

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Cowboys free agents: Phil Costa

January, 28, 2013

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Phil Costa
AP Photo/Nick WassPhil Costa isn’t the most talented player in the world, but his versatility is a plus.

Phil Costa

Position: Center 

Type: Restricted 

Summary: Costa won the job by default in training camp because of injuries to Bill Nagy and Kevin Kowalski, then suffered a back injury that kept him out for most of the preseason games. He played in the first series of the season opener at the New York Giantsbefore his back flared up and ended his night. He missed the next three games before returning against Baltimore — which happned to be the Cowboys’ best running game of the season — only to suffer a partially dislocated ankle the next week that ultimately led to him landing on injured reserve. In total, Costa played about six quarters of football in 2012. 

Why keep him: The coaches like his smarts and his ability to fight and the offense went pretty well in his limited action. He can also play guard, and you can’t overlook that versatility with gameday roster spots so precious. 

Why let him go: In order to keep him, the Cowboys would have to tender him a deal worth $1.323 million or agree to a lower deal. He will never be a dominating player and will get pushed back more than you would like. 

Best guess: The Cowboys will keep Costa and let him battle it out in camp with Ryan Cookand possibly Mackenzy Bernadeau or a high rookie draft pick. Again, the coaches like him and know they can count on him to do the right things, even if he is not the most gifted player. 

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Cowboys free agents: Michael Coe

January, 28, 2013

JAN 28
12:00
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By Todd Archer | ESPNDallas.com
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Michael Coe
AP Photo/James D SmithCornerback Michael Coe was claimed off waivers and played in three games for the Cowboys.

Michael Coe

Position: Cornerback 

Type: Unrestricted 

Summary: Coe signed with the Cowboys on Dec. 11 and played in three games. He was used in the dime packages as an outside cornerback and also played special teams. He finished with one defensive tackle and one special teams stop. He opened the year with the New York Giants and played for Miami before the Cowboys claimed him off waivers. 

Why keep him: He has experience and decent size (6-foot, 187 pounds). The Cowboys will be short on cornerbacks with Mike Jenkins set to leave via free agency. 

Why let him go: He is what he is. There is no upside in keeping a 29-year-old journeyman who has limitations in the roles he can play. 

Best guess: The Cowboys will let him walk and hope to get better. They will need to address the cornerback spot behind Brandon CarrMorris Claiborne and Orlando Scandrickin the offseason, either in free agency or through the draft.

Victor ButlerStephen Dunn/Getty ImagesLinebacker Victor Butler shows signs of being a good player, finishing with three sacks, three pass breakups and 21 tackles. But he was also plagued by inconsistency.

Victor Butler

Type: Unrestricted. 

Summary: Butler finished with 21 solo tackles, three sacks and three pass breakups in the 2012 season. He played a backup role at outside linebacker and displayed an ability to make plays. 

Why keep: There were eight Cowboys’ players with at least one sack in 2012 and Butler was one of them. He had three sacks on the year and showed the defensive coaches he’s good at rushing the passer. He’s athletic enough to handle swift quarterbacks who try to run off the edge such as Robert Griffin III. Butler made plays on the ball as evident by forcing three fumbles during the season. 

Why let go: He was so inconsistent. Yes, it’s hard to play behind Anthony Spencer andDeMarcus Ware, but with the Cowboys moving to a 4-3 defense, Butler isn’t big enough to play defensive end, but might have a chance to play strong side linebacker in a backup role. Butler’s inconsistencies give you pause to bringing him back for 2013. 

Best guess: It might be time to let Butler find somewhere else to play. He’s made some nice plays as an outside linebacker but is too inconsistent. As far as depth goes, the Cowboys have struggled with that over the years with some poor drafts in the middle to late rounds. Butler shows signs of being a good player, but then again he disappears at times. It’s time to let him test the market.

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