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09:05 AM ET 03.01 | The Cowboys have not closed the door on Marcus Spears and Gerald Sensabaugh to return, but they have left it wide open for both starters to explore the free-agent market. Meanwhile, the club is poised to extend tender offers to key players in the next few days to get its house in order before an expected lockout plunges the NFL into darkness later this week. Spears and Sensabaugh will be unrestricted free agents in whatever system is adopted going forward. The club's stance with both should come as no surprise.

Dallas Morning News

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March 1, 2011  09:09 AM ET

They're not the only team. Redskins just released Portis, among others. Looks like the owners are digging in for the long haul.

March 1, 2011  09:15 AM ET

The only team that is actively resigning players is Oakland...that should tell you something.

March 1, 2011  09:23 AM ET

No big loss. Spears has been a first round bust. Sensabaugh was a member of one of the worst secondaries in football last year.

March 1, 2011  09:27 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

No big loss. Spears has been a first round bust. Sensabaugh was a member of one of the worst secondaries in football last year.

Which is why the Cowboys will take a DE in the first round.

March 1, 2011  09:32 AM ET

They probably wish they could let most of their players test the market.

March 1, 2011  09:41 AM ET

I'm already tired of the whole CBA BS.

March 1, 2011  09:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

No big loss. Spears has been a first round bust. Sensabaugh was a member of one of the worst secondaries in football last year.

Aaron Rodgers was taken four picks after Spears in that draft -2005. Ware did come from it though with the 11th pick.

March 1, 2011  09:44 AM ET

Take care dudes. You never helped us much in Big D.

March 1, 2011  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Aaron Rodgers was taken four picks after Spears in that draft -2005. Ware did come from it though with the 11th pick.

So what? When spears was drafted, Dallas had Drew Bledsoe at QB and Romo backing him up...

Rodgers was a waste and still is when considering we have Romo...title or no title, it takes a team to win the SuperBowl and Rodgers would not have won one here either.

Please note that Spears was a Bill Parcells pick.

Spears will not be back because we can draft younger guys with more upside and less cost...

Sensabaugh is only coming back if his salary is relative to his play...otherwise, he will walk too...

Bottom line:

Spears, Sensabaugh, Brooking, and Ball all need to be replaced....going young here would not hurt since our D already stunk anyway!!

March 1, 2011  10:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

So what? When spears was drafted, Dallas had Drew Bledsoe at QB and Romo backing him up...Rodgers was a waste and still is when considering we have Romo...title or no title, it takes a team to win the SuperBowl and Rodgers would not have won one here either.Please note that Spears was a Bill Parcells pick.Spears will not be back because we can draft younger guys with more upside and less cost...Sensabaugh is only coming back if his salary is relative to his play...otherwise, he will walk too...Bottom line:Spears, Sensabaugh, Brooking, and Ball all need to be replaced....going young here would not hurt since our D already stunk anyway!!

So after reading you have Romo and don't need Rodgers I can no longer consider your opinion valid on anything football related

March 1, 2011  11:02 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The only team that is actively resigning players is Oakland...that should tell you something.

Yeah, that Al's as senile as ever. They don't have a first round pick this year, so Ol' Al actually may draft his first player where he's actually ranked.

March 1, 2011  11:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Yeah, that Al's as senile as ever. They don't have a first round pick this year, so Ol' Al actually may draft his first player where he's actually ranked.

haha Well the prime time draft hurt him last year....way past his bed time and a little before Old Country Buffet opens so they got a pick that made sense (McClain)

March 1, 2011  11:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

...Bottom line:Spears, Sensabaugh, Brooking, and Ball all need to be replaced....going young here would not hurt since our D already stunk anyway!!

Add Igor to this list...

March 1, 2011  11:46 AM ET

Sensabaugh is a serviceable player if he's willing to be paid what he's worth. My guess is he will be back.

Spears - meh, just a guy. Never fulfilled his potential. Why is Igor still on the team? He was the invisible lineman most of last season. Brooking is a great guy, terrific leader, but the years have caught up with him. I could see him being a coach sometime in the future.

March 1, 2011  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

So after reading you have Romo and don't need Rodgers I can no longer consider your opinion valid on anything football related

Hindsight being what it is, the Cowboys should have drafted Rodgers. But at THAT point in time, the Cowboys liked who they had at quarterback. Teams make that kind of decision all the time - sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.

March 1, 2011  12:08 PM ET

They have starters?

March 1, 2011  12:15 PM ET

They should sign with a CFL team.
At least they will receive a paycheck while the NFL is in lockout

March 1, 2011  12:33 PM ET

I dont care who they let go as long as they keep Mike Jenkins. That guy tackles like my sister.

March 1, 2011  01:34 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Which is why the Cowboys will take a DE in the first round.

Oh please no. They have to get help in the secondary and have more needs on the OL than on the DL.

Then again, who knows what Jerrah will do with his pick? He probably doesn't know either and won't till the 'Boys get on the clock.

 
March 1, 2011  01:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

They should sign with a CFL team.At least they will receive a paycheck while the NFL is in lockout

Even the CFL has standards, Texson.

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