An interesting fact emerges from this chart of available NFL free agents.
Offensive linemen Leonard Davis, Kyle Kosier, Andre Gurode, Derrick Dockery, and Montrae Holland are all available. Marc Colombo has retired.
Bradie James has landed in Houston, but he’s likely a backup, if he survives camp. Keith Brooking appears done.
Terence Newman is getting a shot with Mike Zimmer, but Alan Ball and Frank Walker are looking for work. So is Abram Elam.
Laurent Robinson is the only Cowboys free agent to land a multi-year deal this spring. Martellus Bennett, like Newman and James, had to settle for a low-base, one-year deal.
The 2011 Cowboys had a lot of old hands on their roster. Several, Kosier, Holland, Dockery, James, Brooking, Newman, Elam and Walker, all started for long stretches of the season.
We can debate how much the Cowboys have gained in free agency and the draft, but it appears the team has not exactly lost very much this off-season.