The Dallas Cowboys are sticking to their plans in free agency, acquiring primary targets even after being penalized by the NFL with a salary cap reduction.
Free agent safety Brodney Pool was added in a one-year deal Thursday, a day after the Cowboys reached a five-year deal with cornerback Brandon Carr and also signed quarterback Kyle Orton, fullback Lawrence Vickers and offensive lineman Mackenzy Bernadeau to multiyear contracts.
"Obviously we've taken a big step," Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said. "Getting the cap hit, you have to deal with it and there's ramifications of that, but it's not going to stop us from being able to do the things we have to do to be a championship-caliber football team in 2012."
And the Cowboys apparently weren't finished. They were still talking Thursday with other free agents, including linebacker Dan Connor from Carolina and guard Nate Livings from Cincinnati.
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