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Cowboys have only one UFA

As part of the Final Eight Plan, the Dallas Cowboys face limitations on the number of unrestricted free agents they may sign.

Generally, they can’t sign one until they lose one.

And as it turns out they only have one — offensive lineman Montrae Holland.

It could have been worse.  Since the Cowboys lost in the divisional round, they may sign one UFA at a first-year salary of $5.5 million or more, and an unlimited number at a smaller first-year salary with limited growth in future years.

The rest of the NFC East free agents, restricted and unrestricted, are right here.

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36 Responses to “Cowboys have only one UFA”
  1. Chapnasty2 says: Feb 18, 2010 7:43 AM

    I don’t see Dallas making any major moves in FA this year so hanging on to Holand might be the wise thing to do. He was a solid backup when Gurode went down a couple years back and he can play multiple positions on the line. Unless Jerry goes on a pissing match for Peppers, which wouldn’t make sense, I don’t see JJ going after anyone.

  2. Gautam says: Feb 18, 2010 8:02 AM

    hey Mike, is there a limit on what tag can be designed to a RFA ?
    e.g. for an assumption, could San Diego tag all the guys like Merriman, Floyd, Jackson, McNeill with a 1st and 3rd round RFA tag ?
    The question doesn’t mean that all are worthy of that but I had to think of some names lol

  3. beaglecowfagforeskinhater says: Feb 18, 2010 8:09 AM

    any information about the cowboys is pointless information as long as satan, aka, jerry jones is the coach!

  4. ipeefreely says: Feb 18, 2010 8:30 AM

    Tell me who the Cowboys need that will be available and that will demand a contract such as that you explain?
    If you get that far, tell me who’s starting position they will take? No matter what you come up with, I’m not going to believe you.
    The Cowboys weakest link is Kicker, period.
    Face it, being in final 8 will impact some teams more than others, and the Cowboys have very little to worry about son.

  5. Bill In DC says: Feb 18, 2010 8:49 AM

    Err, I think ‘generally’ they can sign one, after that they can only sign one with a salary over 5.5 mil if they lose one who gets a salary over 5.5 mil. Montrae Holland most decidedly will NOT get a contract for 5.5+mil/yr unless someone loses their minds. He can’t even get on the field in Dallas, I think he was inactive for all 18 games last season.
    So Dallas can sign ONE big money FA and as many backups/special teamers making 3.5mil or less as they want. I don’t expect them to be very active in the FA market for this reason and for the reason that the FA market will pretty much suck this season what with all the RFAs out there.
    Maybe they make a run at Dansby.

  6. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Feb 18, 2010 9:10 AM

    Can we trade Wade and Garrett?

  7. Hap says: Feb 18, 2010 9:12 AM

    They werent gonna be a playa in that arena (UFA) even if they had 45 ufa’s.

  8. Bill In DC says: Feb 18, 2010 9:44 AM

    Gautam says: February 18, 2010 8:02 AM
    ====================
    Answer is there is no limit to the number of RFAs that can be given the highest tender (1&3), you can happily give it to all of your RFAs, should you wish.

  9. BHindEnemyLines says: Feb 18, 2010 9:49 AM

    beaglehater, when did Jerry Jones become COACH of The Dallas Cowboys???
    Until you deal with your “daddy didn’t love me” issues, any post by YOU is pointless information.
    What kind of loser spends his time posted on a hated rival’s articles?
    Go find a giants article to read. Oh wait, there aren’t any because nobody cares.

  10. Quagmire says: Feb 18, 2010 10:00 AM

    Don’t think Montrae Holland will have people banging down his door.

  11. toe-to-toe bird law says: Feb 18, 2010 10:16 AM

    ipeefreely says:
    February 18, 2010 8:30 AM
    The Cowboys weakest link is Kicker, period.
    ————————————————-
    Yeah, because Gerald Sensabaugh had phenomenal coverage and made an incredible tackle on Sidney Rice with that first touchdown of the divisional game.

  12. Brian says: Feb 18, 2010 10:37 AM

    If the cowboys have their eye on somebody major though, and only one UFA, why shouldn’t they let a roleplayer go and sign a good FA?

  13. ipeefreely says: Feb 18, 2010 11:17 AM

    Gerald Sensabaugh made a mistake. Nick Folk made countless mistakes, and Shaun Suisam put the nail in the coffin for the Cowboys vs. the Viking in the divisional game. Think if they made all of their field goals? Then Minnesota isn’t starting at nearly mid-field each time they touched the ball.

  14. Marky McFly says: Feb 18, 2010 11:39 AM

    toe-to-toe bird law says:
    February 18, 2010 10:16 AM
    ipeefreely says:
    February 18, 2010 8:30 AM
    The Cowboys weakest link is Kicker, period.
    ————————————————-
    Yeah, because Gerald Sensabaugh had phenomenal coverage and made an incredible tackle on Sidney Rice with that first touchdown of the divisional game.
    ————————————————–
    A) Shut up.
    B) Have you ever had Roy Williams as your safety? If so, then youwouldn’t mind Sensabaugh
    C) for having to wear a huge cast on his hand all damn season, i’d say he managed pretty well. More people are talkig about Ken Hamlin leaving the Sensi

  15. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 18, 2010 11:56 AM

    “Yeah, because Gerald Sensabaugh had phenomenal coverage and made an incredible tackle on Sidney Rice with that first touchdown of the divisional game.”
    Making personnel decisions on the weight of one play is something that a team more like the 0-3gles would do.

  16. MyronB says: Feb 18, 2010 12:01 PM

    ipeefreely: You think the Cowboys’ only weakness is KICKER?
    Did you watch the Minnesota playoff game at all? How about the Cowboys offensive line? The pass protection of your OL depends solely on a 36-year-old Pro Bowler with a hearing problem staying healthy for a whole season, or else Tony Romo gets abused all game long like a battered housewife.
    Also, Dallas has, basically, only one decent WR.

  17. MyronB says: Feb 18, 2010 12:03 PM

    Er, “34-year-old former Pro Bowler with a hearing problem reaching a precipitous decline soon”… i.e. Flozell Adams.

  18. Marky McFly says: Feb 18, 2010 12:14 PM

    Flozell, as much a I hate to say it, has been in a declination stage for awhile now. And we have one Great wr, a few good ones, then theres Roy Willy at the bottom.

  19. DBL says: Feb 18, 2010 12:25 PM

    we can sign as many 6 yr 41 million dollar FA as we want AND we can sign one MAX FA as well….
    as we all know you can cram alot of guaranteed money in a
    6 yr 41 million dollar contract, so I expect to get what we want.
    3.5 million at a 30% pay raise over the contract…
    You do the math
    essentially what Canty got

  20. Whiterhinocerous says: Feb 18, 2010 3:17 PM

    # MyronB says: February 18, 2010 12:01 PM
    Also, Dallas has, basically, only one decent WR.
    —————
    Maybe if you lump them all together. Roy Williams is a joke, Sam Hurd (who?) and Miles Austin, the one-year wonder.

  21. toe-to-toe bird law says: Feb 18, 2010 4:01 PM

    Marky McFly says:
    February 18, 2010 11:39 AM
    C) for having to wear a huge cast on his hand all damn season, i’d say he managed pretty well. More people are talkig about Ken Hamlin leaving the Sensi
    ———————————————–
    Can you seriously watch a replay of that play and try to rationalize that Sensabaugh is a good player? I’ve never seen a player quit in so many ways in one single play.

  22. ipeefreely says: Feb 18, 2010 5:08 PM

    Actually, Sensabaugh was running in stride with Rice (I thought Rice was a faster guy than that), and Sensabaugh lost sight of the ball. It was an amazing catch because he was totally covered. Brett Favre ultimately paid the price for throwing to receivers that are covered.
    Flozell is declining, but Doug Free proved to be a solid backup. I dont think the Cowboys would need to break the bank at that position.
    As far as WR, you may have a point… next year is make or break for Roy Williams.
    ***The Cowboys will remain intact this offseason- more than 1/2 of the other NFC contenders may lose a number of key players (Warner, Favre, McNabb?….)

  23. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 18, 2010 5:10 PM

    If the Cowboys cut Sensabaugh the 0-3gles would snatch him up to replace Quintin Mikell.

  24. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 18, 2010 6:06 PM

    “Maybe if you lump them all together. Roy Williams is a joke, Sam Hurd (who?) and Miles Austin, the one-year wonder.”
    Wow, it’s crazy that the Cowboys beat the 0-3gles three times last year with no serviceable WRs, and racked up 862 passing yards and 5 passing TDs in the process! That Tony Romo guy must be a hell of a QB! Either that, or maybe your DBs just suck shit through a straw.

  25. 70s Cowboys says: Feb 18, 2010 7:28 PM

    Vox, seriously, 0-3gles is just a retarded name. Just say the Eagles blow (which they do) instead of that god-awful name.

  26. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 18, 2010 8:25 PM

    “Vox, seriously, 0-3gles is just a retarded name. Just say the Eagles blow (which they do) instead of that god-awful name.”
    Naw, I like it so I’ll continue to use it. “Eagles blow” isn’t very creative. Feel free to not read my posts if it still makes you ashamed that I’m a Cowboys fan, won’t hurt my feelings or anything like that though I will say that it’s pretty weird for you to be ashamed about anything that a complete stranger does.

  27. MyronB says: Feb 18, 2010 8:29 PM

    Vox: The Cowboys beat the Eagles this year because the linebacking corps was sketchy this year (lost a stud MLB in preseason), and the free safety situation was screwed up, and the offensive line never quite reached a level of stability necessary to play well – i.e. losing the starting Center right before the week 17 game.
    Next year they fix the secondary, the MLB comes back, and they resolve the OL issues, and the Eagles will probably go right back to owning the Cowboys.
    And if you guys DON’T fix your O-Line and your WR situation, I hope you enjoy a sub .500 season and the happy confines of the NFC East basement.

  28. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 18, 2010 10:07 PM

    Everybody deals with injuries, MyronB. Want some cheese with that whine? The Cowboys OL and WR situation was good enough for them to win the division. Yours wasn’t and hasn’t been for years, so maybe you need to take a better look at those guys.

  29. MyronB says: Feb 18, 2010 11:12 PM

    Injury numbers tend to revert back to the mean over time. Last year the Cowboys were incredibly lucky with their lack of injuries, and the Eagles had to suffer through an inordinate amount of injuries. Don’t be surprised if those trends are reversed next year, and say, a DeMarcus Ware or a Flozell Adams suffers a season-ending injury. If you guys lose one of your key players, where will you be next year? Oh yeah, a sub .500 season. Your team is even more dependant on all of its key players remaining intact than the Eagles. Good luck winning games without DeMarcus Ware, or Miles Austin, or Flozell Adams – god forbid any one of those guys gets injured next year, huh?
    Seriously, I hope you enjoy 2009′s sweep of an Eagles team in rebuilding / restocking mode, because come next year when the Cowboys wilt in the face of a tougher schedule, that’s really all you will be able to cling to when the Cowboys flame out at the end of the season once again.

  30. MyronB says: Feb 18, 2010 11:47 PM

    Also, I mean, is that what makes a fanbase happy? Winning a division? Is that a great achievement when you subsequently get blown out of the water only two weeks after winning the division, in the divisional round of the playoffs?
    Why is it that the Eagles fans can’t parade around dubious victories like advancing to the NFC Championship umpteen times in a row, and yet Cowboys fans wet their panties after merely winning a division? lol.
    Call me when the Cowboys do something noteworthy other than beating a (relatively weak, heavily injured) Eagles team. And talking about Super Bowls won during the Clinton administration doesn’t count either.

  31. .VoxVeritas says: Feb 19, 2010 12:17 AM

    “Injury numbers tend to revert back to the mean over time. Last year the Cowboys were incredibly lucky with their lack of injuries, and the Eagles had to suffer through an inordinate amount of injuries. Don’t be surprised if those trends are reversed next year”
    It’s not just a “flip of the coin” luck thing. The teams with superior strength and conditioning programs tend to have fewer injuries.
    “Your team is even more dependant on all of its key players remaining intact than the Eagles.”
    The Cowboys had their share of injuries in ’09. Colombo and Hamlin both missed several games each. Ware played with injuries most of the year, Gurode played most of the year on a bad knee, Carpenter played with a bad shoulder and all three required off-season surgery. Let’s not pretend that the Cowboys didn’t have any injuries. Seems to me that the 0-3gles were the team that didn’t deal with them too well.
    “Good luck winning games without DeMarcus Ware, or Miles Austin, or Flozell Adams”
    The 0-3gles don’t have any players of that caliber to lose in the first place. They get close to Austin, but neither Jackson nor Maclin are as complete as a WR as Austin is.
    “Seriously, I hope you enjoy 2009′s sweep of an Eagles team in rebuilding / restocking mode, because come next year when the Cowboys wilt in the face of a tougher schedule”
    The Cowboys’ 2010 schedule doesn’t look any tougher than their 2009 schedule was. Division games plus games against GB, NO just like ’09, I guess you swap the Chargers and Falcons for the Colts and Vikings, swap the Chefs and Raiders for the Bears and Lions. Seahawks and Broncos for the Jags and Titans. Looks like a wash to me.
    “that’s really all you will be able to cling to when the Cowboys flame out at the end of the season once again.”
    Nobody knows how to flame out at the end of the season like the 0-3gles do. It’s all they’ve ever done since Eisenhower was president.

  32. Whiterhinocerous says: Feb 19, 2010 5:03 AM

    Why is it that the Eagles fans can’t parade around dubious victories like advancing to the NFC Championship umpteen times in a row, and yet Cowboys fans wet their panties after merely winning a division? lol.
    —————
    It’s a little thing called “Being a F—ing hypocrite”. It’s a talent that most douchebags have and, as we all know, most of the Cowboys fans on PFT are raging douches.
    It’s the same thing that makes you threaten to sue someone who upsets you over the internet, or lie about having a wife – right, Voxie?

  33. ipeefreely says: Feb 19, 2010 9:42 AM

    lol Cowboys > 0-3gles!
    Defeat x3 is no coincidence.
    Face it, Cowboys OWN the toughest division in the league.

  34. MyronB says: Feb 19, 2010 3:17 PM

    “lol Cowboys > 0-3gles!
    Defeat x3 is no coincidence.
    Face it, Cowboys OWN the toughest division in the league.”
    If owning the NFC East in 2009 when the Redskins, Giants, and Eagles all sucked and were in rebuilding mode is your idea of an accomplishment, than that is pretty sad.
    That’s like a Cardinals fan bragging about owning the NFC West, or a Chargers fan bragging about owning the AFC West. Yeah, you were better than the other crappy teams in that division, but you still got ROCKED in the playoffs when it mattered.

  35. MyronB says: Feb 19, 2010 3:26 PM

    “It’s not just a “flip of the coin” luck thing. The teams with superior strength and conditioning programs tend to have fewer injuries.”
    You show your ignorance on football matters by saying this. If you read footballoutsiders you’d realize that by and large, injury numbers go up and down every year, but each team’s injury totals mostly revert to a mean after a particularly good or bad year.
    “The Cowboys had their share of injuries in ’09. Colombo and Hamlin both missed several games each. Ware played with injuries most of the year, Gurode played most of the year on a bad knee, Carpenter played with a bad shoulder and all three required off-season surgery. Let’s not pretend that the Cowboys didn’t have any injuries. Seems to me that the 0-3gles were the team that didn’t deal with them too well.”
    Colombo is not a critical piece of your offensive line, and his replacement played well.
    Was Ware injured? If he was, it was irrelevant because he never missed a game or performed poorly. He came right back from a neck “injury” during the Chargers game to play well in the Saints game the following week. Lucky Cowboys fans – if Ware is seriously injured and misses the rest of the season, you guys probably lose the remainder of your games.
    Neither Gurode nor Carpenter missed many games and any playing time they may have missed was mostly irrelevant.
    “The 0-3gles don’t have any players of that caliber to lose in the first place. They get close to Austin, but neither Jackson nor Maclin are as complete as a WR as Austin is.”
    Um, you’re missing the point. The point is that the Eagles can afford to lose either Jackson or Maclin for a few games and rely on the other. If you guys lose Austin, Tony has literallly NOBODY to throw to except maybe Witten. Roy Williams sucks. Patrick Crayton sucks.
    “The Cowboys’ 2010 schedule doesn’t look any tougher than their 2009 schedule was. Division games plus games against GB, NO just like ’09, I guess you swap the Chargers and Falcons for the Colts and Vikings, swap the Chefs and Raiders for the Bears and Lions. Seahawks and Broncos for the Jags and Titans. Looks like a wash to me.”
    Come back to me next year when the Cowboys are finishing up week 17 with an 8-8 or 9-7 record again.
    “Nobody knows how to flame out at the end of the season like the 0-3gles do. It’s all they’ve ever done since Eisenhower was president.”
    How bout looking at recent history for a change?
    2006: Tony Homo. Placekicker. Botched snap. ‘Nuff said.
    2007: Losing to the Giants who you beat twice in the regular season.
    2008: 44-6
    2009: Complete and utter annihilation at the hands of the Vikings. Tony Romo spends the whole day running around like a girl and tossing floaters up in the air.
    2010: Fans of other NFC East teams will assuredly be treated to another epic Cowboys late-season disaster. I can’t wait!

  36. ipeefreely says: Feb 19, 2010 7:21 PM

    0-3gles… nuff said!

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