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Jason Garrett wants Laurent Robinson back

INDIANAPOLIS – Cowboys coach Jason Garrett reiterated the team’s desire to keep free-agent wide receiver Laurent Robinson.

Robinson led the Cowboys in 2011 with 11 touchdowns, catching 54 passes for 858 yards in 14 games. Because he signed a “minimum salary benefit” contract last year, the Cowboys are unable to re-sign Robinson before free agency begins March 13.

“It’s important,” Garrett said. “He’s a big contributor to our football team last year. We had a several injuries on our football team last year, different guys got hurt at different times and we had to put somebody else in. Nowhere was that more obvious to me than at the receiver position. Early in the year Dez Bryant got hurt against the Jets, so he missed a game and was hobbled some and Miles [Austin] gets hurt, and Laurent stepped in and did a good job for us.”

Garrett views Robinson as a starter the same way nickel cornerback Orlando Scandrick is viewed as a defensive starter. Scandrick was signed to a five-year, $27 million extension prior to last season.

“With the opportunity he got, he did a great job,” Garrett said. “Now there’s a business of the NFL as we know and we have to make sure that we handle the business appropriately, but he’s definitely a guy we’re targeting and want to bring back.”