Cowboys free-agent debate: George Selvie

With 20 players set to be restricted or unrestricted free agents, the Dallas Cowboys will have plenty of decisions to make on who to keep and who to let go.

Let’s take a look at the free agents to be and how they could fit into the Cowboys’ future.

Defensive end George Selvie

Type: Unrestricted

What he did: Like Nick Hayden, Selvie’s two-year run has exceeded expectations. He was signed as a training camp body in 2013 and has started 29 of the last 32 games. He had seven sacks two seasons ago, which looks like the career anomaly after putting up three in 2014. He came to the Cowboys with three sacks in his first three seasons. He finished last season with 31 tackle, according to the coaches, and had 20 quarterback pressures to go with two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

What he could do: Like Hayden, he would be best served in a backup role. With the way DeMarcus Lawrence played at the end of 2014, Jeremy Mincey could move to left defensive end with Lawrence playing on the right side. Selvie would be a serviceable option in a rotation, but the Cowboys don’t want to overextend him on snaps. He is a solid run defender and can get after the quarterback well enough but has limitations.

What it should cost: If you’re looking at 10 sacks over the last two years, then you would feel pretty good about what he has contributed, but there is a difference between what he was in 2013 and what he has been the other years of his career. If the right tackle situation between Doug Free and Jermey Parnell is an either/or deal, so too could be the situation between Selvie and Anthony Spencer. The better play might be for Spencer, despite the fact he has knee concerns to worry about and had just a half sack last season. If Selvie is back, it should be at minimum-level money with a small signing bonus.

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