By Mike Fisher | @fishsports

IRVING (105.3 THE FAN) — The Dallas Cowboys are enough into the free-agent cornerback market that they have expressed interest in the likes of guys such as Patrick Robinson (a former first-round pick of the Saints) and Davon House of the Packers (now agreeing to a deal with the Jaguars).

They are thin enough that they’ve yet to make a move with Brandon Carr’s money, sources telling 105.3 The Fan that a re-do or cut is “on ice” until needed — maybe because Carr himself is needed here.

And so, your ears perk up when you hear a well-known free-agent cornerback wants to play here.

Antonio Cromartie, late of the Cardinals, sees himself as a “missing piece” to a Cowboys march to the Super bowl.

“They’re only missing one key piece and that’s the piece in the secondary,” Cromartie said on ESPN’s “First Take,” and “I feel like I can be that piece to help and go in and win a championship and get the Dallas Cowboys back where they’re supposed to be.”

Cromartie, about to turn 31, is nothing if not confident, given the fact that he compared this possibility to Deion Sanders coming to Dallas in 1995.

“They didn’t start winning championships until when? Deion came about,” Cromartie said. “They were missing that one piece. Why can’t I be that missing piece?”

Cromartie is wrong on numerous accounts here. One, Dallas won two titles in that era pre-Deion. Two, after having signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract last year to play in Arizona, his career seems to be on the backside — not what it was when he built his name with the Jets and Chargers. And three … he is not and never was a “Deion” and the Cowboys would only give him a huge payday if he was.

Cowboys COO Stephen Jones is not of the “one-player-away” mindset. So this becomes a second-wave idea that becomes a matter for the Valley Ranch finance department and a matter for the Valley Ranch scouting department…and probably a matter for the Jets, with whom he is a fit and is reportedly negotiating with now.

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