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ARLINGTON (105.3 THE FAN) – In part because they want to give offseason snaps to young prospects, the Cowboys aren’t clamoring for veteran free-agent pass-rushers like Dwight Freeney.

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“It’s a little early for us (and) we kind of like our young guys now,” said Cowboys COO Stephen Jones. “Obviously Dwight’s had an amazing career. …But we all know this is a young man’s game.”

Freeney, 36, is a former All-Pro in Indianapolis who last year in Arizona had eight sacks in 11 games.

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Meanwhile Dallas wishes to improve its pass rush and has questions about the availability of starting defensive-end candidates Randy Gregory and DeMarcus Lawrence due to their involvement in the NFL’s substance abuse program.

Jones’ conversation focused in part on the specifics of Freeney – “I do think what he showed last year he was able to help a playoff team” – but was also about the general policy and one the Cowboys hope isn’t a temporary one because they’d rather find answers from young players already on the roster like Benson Mayowa, David Irving and Ryan Russell.

Jones said Dallas will “keep an eye on” outside options. “But I don’t think right now we’re ready to make a move on any type of veteran that’s available.”

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