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Mailbag 2/5/10

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Q: Why did you not list safety or wide receiver as positions of need to focus on in the draft? Sensabaugh is a free agent and Roy Williams just is not getting it done.

(Charles, Austin, TX)

Many people forget the Cowboys did address the safety position with Clemson S Michael Hamlin last season.

A: Gerald Sensabaugh is a restricted free agent, meaning he is free to sign with another team, but the Cowboys will have seven days to match any offer, or receive draft picks if they choose to not match an offer. However, I fully expect the Cowboys to sign Gerald Sensabaugh, and Ken Hamlin is still under contract. While the position is by no means flawless, I just see other positions as bigger problem areas. Also, don’t forget the Cowboys drafted S Michael Hamlin out of Clemson last season.

I actually see the wide receiver position as one of the strengths of this team, due in large part to the emergence of Miles Austin. Sure, Roy Williams was not even be a solid #2 WR this season, but, like it or not, his contract makes it very difficult to unload him. Upgrading the #3 WR spot is a possibility, particularly if it is a guy who can return, such as Texas’ Jordan Shipley, but Crayton really came on strong at the end of the year.

Safety and wide receiver are positions that can be upgraded, but I just see a few other spots as more of a priority.

Q: How can you list OT as a top position of concern when we have Colombo, Adams, and now Free?

(Randy R., Philadelphia, PA)

With Flozell Adams' struggles in '09, the Cowboys could look at a guy like USC T Charles Brown at pick #27.

A: Like I said before, I am not very high on Flozell Adams anymore. He has been so good for so long that it may be hard to accept his struggles, but the reality is that, despite playing better later in the season, he gave up a ton of sacks and got called for a bunch of penalties. Dallas has desperately got to sort out their penalty problem, and he is the #1 culprit on the team.

Secondly, Free did an admirable job stepping in for Colombo, but his perceived success was largely the result of our expectations. We expected him to struggle, and when he played average, people chalked it up as a win. I do think he can be a future starter, but right now he is best suited as a backup swing tackle.

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