With free agency entering the final stages, we'll review the Cowboys' past five free-agency classes.
We'll continue with 2011:
Players signed: Kenyon Coleman
Starts earned: 15
Analysis: When defensive coordinator Rob Ryan wanted a new defensive end, he thought of Coleman, who played for him with the Cleveland Browns. The Cowboys were looking for depth along the defensive line when they lost Stephen Bowen in free agency. Coleman signed a three-year contract with the Cowboys to become a stop gap until some younger players emerged as starters. It was an excellent signing for the Cowboys because they picked up a veteran player who could teach Sean Lissemore, Clifton Geathers and Josh Brent about playing the defensive line. While Lissemore and Geathers were ends, Coleman's veteran presence was a welcome to the Cowboys' locker room. In 15 starts, Coleman, a run-stopping end, finished with 44 tackles, 10th on the team. He also had five tackles for loss, fifth on the squad. His best game occurred on Nov. 24 against Miami, where he had four tackles, one quarterback pressure, a tackle for loss and a sack.