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Cowboys feel mission accomplished but still looking for improvements

In the first week of free agency, the Dallas Cowboys were the only team not to have signed a player.

Since then, the Cowboys have added eight players, trading for fullback Jamize Olawale, re-signing offensive lineman Joe Looney and long snapper L.P. Ladouceur,nfl cheap jerseys and signing free-agent linebacker Joe Thomas, wide receivers Allen Hurns and Deonte Thompson, and offensive linemen Cameron Fleming and Marcus Martin.

“I think we’ve done a good job,” executive vice president Stephen Jones said. “I think we’ve accomplished what we needed to accomplish for the most part.”

For all that the Cowboys have done, it’s what they did not do that continues to raise eyebrows. The Cowboys were in the final chase for wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who signed a three-year, $48 million deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Cowboys were ready to sink significant dollars into Watkins, which would have been a dramatic shift from their free-agent philosophy since 2012, when they signed cornerback Brandon Carr to a five-year, $50 million contract.

Since then, the Cowboys have enjoyed shopping in free agency’s shallow waters but not wanting to get burned by the high prices for average talent.

On Monday, Jones was asked if it was difficult to sit out the early part of free agency.

“I don’t know that we were sitting out. We were looking at some options. Those didn’t work out,” Jones said.nfl jerseys cheap china “We are convicted where we feel like we should be on certain players and what their values are and we will stick with that.”

The biggest addition so far has been Hurns, who signed a two-year deal worth up to $12 million that included a $2.5 million signing bonus. Jones said the move does not impact Dez Bryant’s spot, but he acknowledged that the team still needs to have a conversation with the wide receiver about his $12.5 million base salary.