Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 9/15/12
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The Dallas Cowboys have learned the hard way the cost of dealing on the open market and even more so when they have missed on a player like Ken Hamlin and Roy Williams recently. The Cowboys let Chris Canty hit free agency in 2008 and he left for New York with a big paycheck, so they know the cost of a premium defensive lineman who can play the run and pass well.In 2007 the Cowboys did similarly jump on a reserve player named Jay Ratliff with a five-year extension, that move paid dividends as Ratliff became a Pro Bowl player at a bargain. That extension was a $20.9 million dollar deal as Ratliff received it as he was starting in place of injured starter Jason Ferguson.Lissemore has yet to start a game in the NFL, so his deal isn't quite as lucrative as Ratliff's with a three-year deal that maxes out at around $10 million in incentives. Should Lissemore continue to be a nice rotational role player, the Cowboys have a solid deal, should he follow along the lines of Jay Ratliff to emerg...
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