In Monday’s team-by-team look at which players each team could tag, we said that none of the Cowboys’ impending free agents merit the restriction that applies to impending free agents.
Cowboys executive V.P. Stephen Jones now says that, indeed, the team will not be using the tag.
“We are not using the franchise or transition tag,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said, via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News.
As Moore notes, the Cowboys have used the franchise tag only four times. Last year, receiver Dez Bryant was tagged. Twice, the team tagged defensive end/linebacker Anthony Spencer. Previously, the Cowboys tagged tackle Flozell Adams.
The proclamation from Jones means that cornerback Morris Claiborne, a top-10 pick in 2012, will be eligible to hit the open market. It’s not a surprise, given that the Cowboys declined to pick up the fifth-year option on the oft-injured Claiborne’s deal a year ago.
Other unrestricted free agents include linebacker Rolando McClain, defensive end Jeremy Mincey, defensive end Jack Crawford, and defensive end Greg Hardy.