Saturday, February 13, 2010

Fox Sports: Cowboy's Offseason Preview

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have only one unrestricted free agent, guard Montrae Holland, who is a backup and not a top priority.

Their focus will be retaining restricted free agent Miles Austin, who will likely draw interest from a number of teams — including the Miami Dolphins. The Cowboys would like to sign Austin to a long-term contract and could put the franchise tag on him to restrict his movement. He would be guaranteed a $9.5 million contract next season if he is franchised. Teams would also have to give the Cowboys two first-round picks to sign him. The highest free-agent tender would only require a first- and third-round pick.

Cowboys at a glance

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1. Kicker: The Cowboys were undone by Nick Folk's sudden decline. He cost them games and affected how they called games. It didn't get any better when he was cut and replaced by Shaun Suisham. The Cowboys must find a kicker they can rely on. Look for them to consider Colts free-agent kicker Matt Stover.

2. Offensive tackle: LT Flozell Adams is getting old and RT Marc Colombo is coming off injury and a horrible performance in the playoffs. The Cowboys need to address the position for the future. They also might look at a guard to replace Kyle Kosier on the inside.

3. Safety: One area of the defense that needs addressing is safety. Ken Hamlin is good at getting players lined up but he makes few plays.