Now that the first wave of signings in the 2014 NFL free agency period have come to an end, the teams looking to bargain shop are setting up visits with second-tier players.
For the Cowboys, that means talking with a trio of notable free agents set to visit Dallas over the next 48 hours.
On Monday, defensive tackle Henry Melton and quarterback Brandon Weeden are set to meet with team officials. The Cowboys have long had interest in Weeden, and the fact that there is some uncertainty surrounding Kyle Orton (he's unsure whether he'll return to the team) makes that interest a no-brainer. He would provide the team with a capable backup in case starter Tony Romo goes down with another injury in 2014.
Melton was a Pro Bowler under new Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, but the Cowboys will struggle to fit him under the cap.
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The third player that will be meeting with the Cowboys is defensive end Jared Allen, who has also received interest from the Seattle Seahawks. Allen's meeting at Valley Ranch will include members of the team's coaching staff, and Allen is expected to make a final decision on his new home later this week.
If the Cowboys could pull off signing either Melton or Allen, they could significantly upgrade the unit that watched four former starters -- DeMarcus Ware
, Anthony Spencer
, Jeremiah Ratliff
and Jason Hatcher
-- all leave over the past few months.