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Cowboys' fate hinges on labor deadlines

Offseason of uncertainty could introduce altered free-agent market, salary-cap gridlock

Updated: January 15, 2011, 4:37 PM ET
By Calvin Watkins | ESPNDallas.com

At first glance, it appears the offseason will be business as usual for the Dallas Cowboys.

The front office, scouts and coaches are watching tape of college and pro players. They will attend offseason events such as the East-West Shrine Game, the Senior Bowl, pro days at various colleges and the NFL scouting combine.

But with uncertainty surrounding the NFL labor situation, this offseason is shaping up to be different as two deadlines loom large.

The first deadline, Feb. 7, ...

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