Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said that DT Jay Ratliff will continue to play the same position next season despite previous reports that he could be moved to defensive end for the 2012 season.
“I still see Ratliff as our starting nose tackle,” said Jones, via ESPN Dallas. “Will he see action out there? I mean you never totally rule it out, but right now we still see him as our nose.”
Ratliff, 30, is a four time pro bowler who has seen his production drop last year but he’s still a formidable player in the middle of the team’s defense.
Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas reports that the Cowboys are unable to re-sign WR Laurent Robinson before the start of free agency because of the fact that played for a “minimum salary benefit” last season.
Dallas will still be able to discuss a new contract with him but nothing can be finalized until March 13th.
Robinson has said that he would like to return but realizes that the Cowboys may not be willing pay another receiver when they have more pressing needs.
ESPN’s Todd Archer reports that Cowboys will meet with OLB Anthony Spencer‘s representation at the upcoming Scouting Combine to discuss a possible deal that would keep him in Dallas.
“It’s obviously usually a pretty decent [salary] number and it’s not a cap-friendly deal,” said Cowboys VP Stephen Jones. “But at the same time it allows you some protection.”
There have been reports that they may use their franchise tag on him but Jerry Jones has said that he would like to improve the team’s group of linebackers so it’s hard to say which direction they’ll go at this point.
“They’re great guys,” said Jones. “Unfortunately, all good things come to an end. That’s what we’ve got to decide.”