Dallas Cowboys' 2012 Free Agents: Who to Re-Sign, Who to Rescind

By Jeric Griffin

The Dallas Cowboys have several players whose contracts ended when the Cowboys lost to the New York Giants on Sunday night. The timing of some of these players’ contracts is perfect; the Cowboys need them to leave Valley Ranch as soon as possible. However, there are several free agents that Dallas desperately needs to re-sign for 2012. Here’s a look at the Cowboys’ current free agent list:

Unrestricted Free Agents

Alan Ball, CB

– Cowboys need let him walk and lock the door behind him.

Martellus Bennett, TE

– Cowboys should shove him out the door and barricade it shut behind him.

Keith Brooking, LB

– Dallas can’t afford to bring the 36-year-old as a backup.

Derrick Dockery, LG

– Cowboys should only re-sign Dockery if he’ll take a minimum contract. Youngsters like Kevin Kowalski, David Arkin and Bill Nagy are taking over this offensive line.

Abram Elam, S

– Made a huge impact at safety in first season in Dallas. Cowboys would be crazy to let Elam walk.

Montrae Holland, LG

– Cowboys should hang on to Holland until young offensive linemen are proven.

Jon Kitna, QB

– The 39-year-old’s NFL career is over with back problems. Kitna deserved better.

Daniel Loper, LG

– There’s no reason to keep Loper unless the Cowboys aren’t confident in young offensive linemen.

Mat McBriar, P

– Cowboys must keep close eye on McBriar’s surgery. Dallas should bring him back if he recovers or move on with rookie Chris Jones if he doesn’t.

Sammy Morris,RB

– He made a huge impact in just three games in 2011. Cowboys should bring him back if there’s enough space for four running backs on the active roster.

Laurent Robinson, WR

– The Cowboys absolutely cannot let Robinson get away. He’s way too valuable and current receivers Miles Austin and Dez Bryant are too injury-prone for Robinson to walk.

Anthony Spencer, LB

– The Cowboys should bring back Spencer unless a much better option falls in Dallas’ lap. Spencer hasn’t been great, but he was a lot better in 2011.

Frank Walker, CB

– Unless the Cowboys can’t come up with four new cornerbacks, Dallas should let Walker test the market before offering him a new deal.

Bradie James, LB

– Like Brooking, James can’t be re-signed as a backup. His only value is stopping the run; he can’t pass cover to save his life. James’ time in Dallas is up.

Restricted Free Agents

Kevin Ogletree, WR

– Ogletree made some strides in 2011, but he can’t be re-signed for big money. He’ll have to take less cash to stay in Big D.

Tony Fiammetta, FB

– Jerry Jones has to throw the kitchen sink at Fiammetta. This fullback is the key to DeMarco Murray’s success and Dallas absolutely has to bring him back for as long as possible.

Chauncey Washington, RB

– The only way Washington comes back is on the practice squad.

Exclusive Rights Free Agents

Clifton Geathers, DE

– If it works out, great. Otherwise, Geathers can find work elsewhere.

Jeremy Parnell, OT

– Parnell will have to take a minimum contract to come back to Dallas. He can’t be re-signed to a big deal to be a backup.

Jesse Holley, WR

– Holley has earned the right for a decent contract. He could easily be the No. 4 receiver on this team and even the No. 3 if Robinson leaves.

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