The Cowboys bolstered their porous secondary by signing Kansas City's Brandon Carr to the largest contract (five years, $50.1 million) of the free-agent cornerback class. The Cowboys also made Kyle Orton (Kansas City) the NFL's highest-paid backup quarterback with a five-year, $17.5 million deal. Dallas hopes Dan Connor (Carolina) can make the adjustment to inside linebacker in a 3-4 defense after spending his first four NFL seasons in a 4-3. Significant losses:
Dallas couldn't afford to keep wide receiver Laurent Robinson, who left for Jacksonville after an 11-touchdown season in 2011. The Cowboys also are parting ways with a slew of 30-somethings that include cornerback Terence Newman, guard Kyle Kosier, and linebackers Keith Brooking and Bradie James. Top draft needs:
Outside linebacker, safety and interior offensive line should be atop the priority list. Analysis:
The Cowboys could have done even more in free agency but were hamstrung by a $10-million salary cap penalty that must be split over the next two seasons. Grade:
B- Alex Marvez
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