Cowboys look to second-tier FAs

IRVING, Texas – On the first day of free agency last year the Cowboys flew Brandon Carr to town on Jerry Jones’ private plane and signed him to a mega deal.

So far on the first day of free agency this year the Cowboys have laid low, gauging interest on some mid-level free agents while other teams spend gratuitously.

According to sources, the Cowboys have some interest in Chicago defensive end Amobi Okoye, New York Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn and New York Jets guard Matt Slauson.

Okoye played in nine games last year with 11 tackles, two quarterback pressures and a sack for the Bears. If he joined the Cowboys he would reunite with his former defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, the Cowboys’ defensive line coach.

The Cowboys were close to a training camp trade for Slauson last summer when they suffered a number of injuries but the sides never pulled the trigger. Like Okoye, he would reunite with a former coach in Bill Callahan, who was his line coach in New York.

The Cowboys had interest in Blackburn last year, but signed Dan Connor, who was cut on Monday, instead. In 15 starts for the Giants, Blackburn was credited with 97 tackles, eight tackles for loss and three sacks.

With only $177,000 of salary-cap room, the Cowboys would have to cut players or restructure more contracts in order to sign any free agents. They are hoping to sign quarterback Tony Romo to a new deal, which would create cap room, but nothing appear close. A long-term deal for Anthony Spencer would also create room but there have not been talks yet.