- Calvin Watkins, ESPN Staff Writer
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IRVING, Texas -- The Cowboys, in need of more personnel in the secondary and defensive line due to injuries, will not make a trade before the 3 p.m. CT deadline today according to team owner/general manager Jerry Jones.
"I'm thinking we're not making a trade today," Jones said Tuesday morning on KRLD-FM.
There is one major reason why this won't happen: Salary cap.
The Cowboys have fewer than $2 million under the cap and it's unlikely they can fit a highly-priced veteran on their roster or a free-agent veteran that would command a high base salary.
"You're always looking to improve yourself," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said on KRLD-FM on Monday. "We certainly are wide open to it, but it's got to make sense."
The Cowboys have injuries to four defensive backs, starting safeties Barry Church (hamstring) and J.J. Wilcox (knee), backup safety Danny McCray (toe and hip) and cornerback Morris Claiborne (hamstring), that has caused concern about the depth at that position. Claiborne and Wilcox most likely will miss Sunday's game against Minnesota. The Cowboys are using two rookies, Jeff Heath and Jakar Hamilton, at the safety position.
In terms of cornerback, the Cowboys could go with three, Brandon Carr, Orlando Scandrick and B.W. Webb until Claiborne returns. The Cowboys do have corner Micah Pellerin on the practice squad and he could get a call to the active roster.
The defensive line has been hit by injuries all season and currently starting defensive end DeMarcus Ware is nursing a thigh injury. He's missed the past two games and his status for the Vikings game is unsettled.
The Cowboys have signed a defensive lineman to the active roster the past three weeks.