Ok. This is CowboyFan73 first crack as GM. I know some will disagree and some will think I was playing a game of madden. This is a collection of ideas that some people has came up but makes sense even though some may dispute the idea. Its lengthy.
1. Making decisions on the following free agents:
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.
2. Release the following players under contract:
Terrence Newman, CB; David Buechler, K; Kyle Kosier, OG; Marcus Spears, DE; Kenyon Coleman, DE; Orlando Scandrick, CB
Either the production doesn’t justify the pay or roster spot (Buechler, Scandrick, Spears, and Coleman); or father time has or will catch up ; over 30 (Newman, Kosier)
3. First day of Free Agency AGGRESSIVELY go after the following players:
a. William G A Y, CB
b. Cortland Finnegan, CB
c. Paul Soliai, NT
4. Move the following players into new positions:
a. Switch tackles Tyron Smith, OT and Doug Free, OT
b. Move Jay Ratliff, NT to Defensive End, preferring the right side to utilize his speed.
5. Draft Day:
(this is where I catch my grief)
Trade, Tony Romo (turns 32: Apr 21, 2012) with (1st and 2nd) 2013 round pick to Miami for 8th pick (referenced the Carson Palmer trade)
1st round: Trade 8th pick and 14th pick to Tampa Bay for 5th pick; select Robert Griffin III, taking him from Washington Redskins.
2nd round: Kevin Zeitler, OG- I've had Zeitler penciled in as our 2nd Rounder for a while now because it just makes too much sense to me. He's a Day 1 starter at a huge position of need, and I'm much more a fan of drafting interior OL in the 2nd as opposed to the 1st. (TheFinisher's 2012 Off-Season Plan) Page 950.
3rd round: Alex Okafor, OLB – if he declares. 6’4” 260 4.62 40time.
4th round: Nicolas Jean-Baptiste, NT – with Soliai with the starting role at NT, move Jean-Baptiste to left defensive end position, giving a Baltimore Ravens type flavor with 690 lbs covering one side of the offense, giving Sean Lee, Bruce Carter and Okafor free rein on the quarterback.
5th round: either Travis Lewis, ILB (Oklahoma) or Tank Carder, ILB (TCU) for depth purposes with the departure of Brookings and James
6th round: any Cornerback/special teams player for depth
7th round: any Safety for depth
2012 Dallas Cowboys Depth Chart:
QB- RG3(R), McGee
RB- Murray, Jones, Tanner
TE- Witten, Phillips
WR- Austin, Bryant, Robinson, Ogletree, Holley/Harris
LT- T. Smith, Parnell
LG- Nagy, Arkin
C- Kowalski, Costa
RG- Zeitler(R), Holland
RT- Free, Arkin
LE- Hatcher, Jean-Baptiste(R)
RE- Ratliff, Lissemore
NT- Soliai, Brent
ROLB- Ware, Albright
LOLB- Okafor (R), Butler
MLB- Lee, Carter, Lewis(R)/Carder(R)
LC- Finnegan (FA), Walker
RC- Jenkins, drafted rookie (R)
Slot- G A Y (FA)
FS- Elam, McCray
SS- Sensabaugh, Church, drafted rookie(R)