The 2011-12 NFL season was another big disappointment in Dallas, and the team will look to add some depth and talent through the draft and free agent market this off-season. The Cowboys have a good nucleus of players, but some key areas of the roster need an upgrade if this team is to compete for the playoffs next season.
The Cowboys defense needs more talent at corner and linebacker, and there are some good players available. Cortland Finnegan of Tennessee is the best corner on the market and would fit nicely in Dallas. Finnegan has a nasty streak and is not afraid to open his mouth, something the Cowboys have lacked in their secondary for years. Look for owner Jerry Jones to open the check book and try signing the Titans top defender.
The Cowboys could lose Anthony Spencer this off-season, and resigning him is a priority. The Cowboys have little depth at the position, and losing Spencer could cost the team money they could use elsewhere to strengthen their roster. Manny Lawson from Cincinnati is a good option B as he is a quality veteran player that could add some immediate help in Dallas.
The Cowboys also have a big need in the interior of their offensive line, and there are two good options in Carl Nicks of the New Orleans Saints and Trai Essex of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Nicks is looking for a huge payday and that could hurt the Cowboys chances of signing him, but he is a massive player and only 26 years old. Essex is a solid player that could add depth for next season.
The window for this team is closing, and the 2012-13 NFL season could be very important for the franchise. Dallas has always spent money, but rebuilding with youth could take precedence if this team doesn't start winning soon.