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Writers Debate Which Departing Free Agent Impacts The Cowboys’ Roster Most

March 20th, 2017 at 4:42 PM
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FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys have signed nine players since the March 9 start of free agency, including newcomers Nolan Carroll, Stephen Paea and Demontre Moore.

They’ve also said good-bye to several contributors from their 13-3 season: cornerbacks Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne; safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox; guard Ronald Leary; and defensive linemen Terrell McClain, Jack Crawford and Ryan Davis all left via free agency.

That’s a lot of turnover in less than two weeks, but that’s also the nature of the NFL in the salary-cap era.

The staff discusses which departure impacts the roster most:

Bryan Broaddus: I have always had a great deal of respect for Ronald Leary as a player. Never much fanfare but steady and consistent in his approach. Could have come in out of shape and just collected a check after his demotion but instead worked hard to remake his body. Felt like he played better this year than he did in 2014 and the club looked smart in holding onto him. The Cowboys are going to miss his professionalism and toughness, but the bottom line was he going to be paid but it just wasn’t here.

Rob Phillips: Let me start with this: the draft is six weeks away …

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Tags: Anthony Brown, Barry Church, Brandon Carr, Bryan Broaddus, David Helman, Demontre Moore, Jack Crawford, Jeff Heath, Morris Claiborne, National Football League, Nick Eatman, Nolan Carroll, Orlando Scandrick, Rob Phillips, Ron Leary, Ronald Leary, Ryan Davis, Sean Lee, Stephen Paea, Terrell McClain

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