Part 2: Cowboys players on the bubble
IRVING, Texas -- Based on the results of this 6-10 season, Jerry Jones and Co. can use all the help they can get in renovating the Cowboys' roster.
While Jones is busy crowning Jason Garrett as coach, we'll get a head start.
We divided the players who finished the season on the Cowboys' roster or injured reserve into three categories, based on whether they should be Cowboys in September.
We continue with the players who are on the bubble:
|S Alan Ball
He can't be the starting free safety again. But if he comes cheap, the Cowboys could re-sign him to be a versatile backup and special teams stalwart.
|TE Martellus Bennett
Still hasn't lived up to his promise in the passing game, and the Cowboys could be willing to listen to trade offers.
|DE Stephen Bowen
He's the top priority of the team's three free-agent defensive ends. He's a valuable interior rusher in nickel and dime packages.
|LB Keith Brooking
This is the toughest decision on the roster. He's a phenomenal leader and still a solid linebacker. However, if the plan is to make Sean Lee the starter next season, it's probably best to let Brooking go. Backup linebackers have to cover punts and kicks, and that's a young man's job.
|K Kris Brown
If he beats out David Buehler in training camp and the preseason, keep two kickers on the roster.
|S Barry Church
He showed some promise in limited playing time as an undrafted rookie and is a good bet to be back next season. But the Cowboys need to invest a high pick in a safety, and Church could get caught up in a final-cut numbers game.
|LB Kenwin Cummings
Bring him to training camp and let him compete.
|RG Leonard Davis
Davis is a declining player who isn't worth his hefty salary. But let's wait until after the draft to determine whether Davis is expendable.
|DE Clifton Geathers
Bring him to camp and let him compete. He at least looks the part at a chiseled 6-foot-7, 300 pounds.
|C Andre Gurode
Ditto the Leonard Davis comment.
|WR Jesse Holley
The ex-reality show star will never contribute at receiver, but he's a quality special teams player. He'll either be one of the last cuts or among the final men on the 53-man roster.
|WR Sam Hurd
If the price is right, it'd be smart to keep the special teams captain, who is an adequate reserve receiver. But he'll look for more money and a bigger role in free agency.
|WR Manuel Johnson
He's injury insurance at the receiver position, which is important to have with Dez Bryant on the roster.
|LG Kyle Kosier
He's worth re-signing to a reasonably priced, short-term deal. He'll rightfully look for a better offer in free agency.
|DE/NT Sean Lissemore
The Cowboys liked his athleticism and motor when they drafted him, but he basically redshirted his rookie year because of injuries. He needs to earn his job in camp and preseason.
|CB Bryan McCann
He can't be trusted on punt returns. But he's a threat on kickoff returns, and his speed and smarts give him potential at cornerback.
|RB Lonyae Miller
He should compete with a rookie, whether it's a mid- to late-round pick or an undrafted free agent, to be the third back.
|CB Terence Newman
If the Cowboys draft a corner in the first two rounds, Newman becomes expendable after a rough season. The team can save $4 million in cap space by cutting him.
|WR Kevin Ogletree
His speed and route-running ability give him potential to be a nice No. 3 receiver. He needs to rediscover the hunger he had as an undrafted rookie fighting for a roster spot.
|OT Jermey Parnell
The 6-6, 290-pound Parnell played more basketball than football at Ole Miss and didn't move to the offensive line until getting to the NFL. His progress will be interesting to monitor.
|TE Martin Rucker
If John Phillips gets healthy and Bennett doesn't get traded, it's hard to see how Rucker would fit on the roster.
|S Andrew Sendejo
The Cowboys wouldn't have signed him from the UFL if they didn't see something, but Sendejo ranks behind Church, McCray and Owusu-Ansah in the team's pecking order of young safeties.
|S Gerald Sensabaugh
The Cowboys won't give Sensabaugh the lucrative long-term deal he wants. But they might keep him as a stopgap strong safety if he doesn't get a decent deal elsewhere.
|DE Marcus Spears
His situation is similar to Sensabaugh's. If he gets a good offer in free agency, he's gone. If not, the Cowboys will consider keeping him.
|OLB Brandon Williams
He has a great first step. But he hasn't made many steps in his development from Texas Tech defensive end to Cowboys outside linebacker.
|WR Teddy Williams
The Cowboys blocked the Dolphins from signing the ex-track star late in the season, but he's a project best suited for the practice squad.
Tim MacMahon covers the Cowboys for ESPNDallas.com. You can follow him on Twitter.
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