Are the Cowboys the best fit for free agents Hatcher and Spencer?

BY foxsports • February 27, 2014

The Dallas Cowboys won't be mentioned much when the NFL's top free agents become available next month. They don't have the salary cap space to be a major player.

But that doesn't mean a couple of Cowboys won't be heavily involved.

Defensive tackle Jason Hatcher is the biggest name in regards to Dallas free agents. Hatcher, 31, is an eight-year veteran coming off the best season of his career. He made his first Pro Bowl after leading the Cowboys with a career-high 11 sacks in 15 starts. But Hatcher's looking for a big pay day and it's unlikely that the Cowboys will be his best opportunity for that.

So where could Hatcher land? senior writer Greg A. Bedard recently ranked the top 100 players in free agency and included a best fit for each.

Hatcher ranked at No. 38 overall with his best fit being the Atlanta Falcons.

Bedard's take: "They think they're close, which means a need for instant rush from the interior."

Cowboys defensive end Anthony Spencer also cracked the top 100, coming in at No. 82.

Spencer, 30, missed the majority of the 2013 season after having microfracture surgery on his left knee. The 2007 first-round pick had his best season in 2012, also leading the Cowboys with a career-high 11 sacks.

His best fit? The Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Bedard's take: "Lovie Smith likes to have veterans around, and Spencer could have something left."

Of the 100 players listed, it's no surprise that the Cowboys weren't considered for any. Not having cap space makes it difficult to be a top free agent's likely landing spot.

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