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With so many rumors swirling about elite or near-elite wide receivers possibly on the move, where are the Cowboys in these discussions?

New York newspapers and Giants Web sites are filled with stories about the likelihood of Cleveland trading unhappy wide receiver Braylon Edwards to the defending NFC East champs. Other than the fact he drops more balls than Terrell Owens, Edwards' big play skills would seem to be the perfect replacement for former Giant Plaxico Burress.

In Philadelphia, there is more than a little talk of the Eagles luring Anquan Boldin from Arizona. The Cardinals have been unable to alter his contract to make him happy, and coach Ken Whisenhunt said last week the team is listening to offers.

So if their two biggest rivals (you have to rank them ahead of the Redskins at the moment) are set to add valuable pieces to their offenses, what are the Cowboys doing?

I think there are two reasons we don't see the Cowboys getting in on either of these players.

One is that they already played their hand a year ago. Dallas paid a huge price for Roy Williams. The Cardinals have pretty much indicated they would take a Dallas-like deal for Boldin, a better and more proven player than Williams.

The Cowboys, in addition to giving Williams a five-year, $45 million contract, sent the Lions, first-, third- and sixth-round picks for Williams and a seventh-round pick.

Giants general manager Jerry Reese as much as said last week that's too big a package for a wide receiver. Most general managers feel that way.

So the Cowboys don't have the first-round pick they would need to deal in order to get in on either Edwards or Boldin.

The Eagles just traded one first-round pick in acquiring offensive tackle Jason Peters from Buffalo. But they still have the 21st pick in the first round left, so they are not out of the hunt for Boldin.

I think the other reason the Cowboys don't appear to be interested in veteran wide receivers is owner Jerry Jones' determination to show that the team already is deep enough at the position.

And that would seem to be a big mistake.

Start with Williams. Certainly he has had big games in Detroit since coming out of the University of Texas. But in five NFL seasons, he's topped 900 yards once. It's still a guess as to just what kind of chemistry he and Tony Romo are going to develop and how close it will come to replacing what was lost with the release of Terrell Owens.

Patrick Crayton seemed like a solid No. 2 receiver, especially given the number of passes that tight end Jason Witten receives, in 2007 when he caught 50 balls for just under 700 yards and seven touchdowns.

Those numbers dropped last year as Williams cut into Crayton's load. And Crayton's drops increased, too.

The Cowboys remain high on restricted free agent Miles Austin. Jones thought a year ago that he would beat out Crayton for the starting job in training camp.

But injuries have never allowed Austin to live up to his potential. He has 18 catches in two seasons.

That's not an elite set of wide receivers. The Cowboys can do something about that in the draft, but without a first-round pick they won't be getting in on the kinds of receivers who can produce immediately - Texas Tech's Michael Crabtree, Missouri's Jeremy Maclin and Florida's Percy Harvin.

If Cowboys fans are unable to hope that their team adds a proven receiver or a top rookie in the next week, the least they can do is hope that Edwards and Boldin don't end up facing the Cowboys secondary twice a year this fall.

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: April 21, 2009

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