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    This is a busy week for the staff of the Cowboys. The coaches, or most of them, are in Florida preparing for the Pro Bowl this week. Everybody else is in Mobile Alabama for the Senior Bowl. Of course you know that the Senior Bowl is the showcase for the countryís top college seniors who are looking to make their first impression for NFL coaches as this event is really the kickoff to the NFL draft season. This game is quite important for both players and teams who get their first look at how these players respond to NFL coaching. It was in this game last year that Dak Prescott came on the Cowboys radar as a player. The Cowboys coaching staff got an up close and personal view of the players on both rosters because they coached one of the teams. Thatís what happens when you suck like the Cowboys did in 2015. There should be reports on DallasCowboys.com this week from the Senior Bowl as coaches, scouts, gmís and fans turn their attention to Aprilís draft. The NFL rewards teams who do lousy during the season immediately passed. They get to pick highest in the draft, they get the best look at college seniors coming to the NFL and they donít get penalized like the two coaching staffs coaching this week who have to coach the Pro Bowl. Penalized is the correct word for the Cowboys and the Chiefs because they donít get to go see these college seniors at all. Iíll bet even the Patriots and Falcons have some coaches in Mobile for a day or two this week but the Cowboys and Chiefs get bupkis. Oh, they get to coach a bunch of pro football players who are mentally done with the season. Itís a social event for the players who donít give a crap about winning or losing. Itís an exhibition game so why should they care? The only thing they are trying to accomplish is not get hurt. Of all the All Star games in pro sports the Pro Bowl is the worst of the lot. What this week should be is a strictly social event where the players selected interact with fans and the NFL throws a week long party featuring a skills challenge for the quarterbacks. QBs donít get hurt throwing at moving targets on the field for points . Players and their families get to reap the benefits of the players being the best of the best by getting a free vacation in Florida or Hawaii. I havenít watched a Pro Bowl in God knows how long because itís a freaking crock and I wonít be watching this week even though there will be 7 Cowboys on the roster.

    Speaking of Cowboys on the Pro Bowl roster, Dallas added their seventh player yesterday when Dez Bryant was named to the squad as a replacement for Atlantaís Julio Jones. Last week Sean Lee was added to the squad and they join Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick, Zack Martin, Ezekiel Elliott and Dak Prescott representing the Cowboys. Good for them, now donít do something stupid and get hurt, okay?

    Todayís post ends with a link to an article by DallasCowboys.comís Mickey Spagnola who voices the frustration of losing so abruptly to the Packers and the challenges the Cowboys face this spring with 20 unrestricted free agents. Who to sign, who do you let walk and who do let test the free agent market before you try to resign them? Who they sign in free agency could very write the script of what they plan to do in the draft coming in April. Wow, 20 UFAís. You know that is 38% of the roster? Wow indeed.

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    The most relevant thing about this time of year for a team that isnít in the Super Bowl is the upcoming draft. We saw the Senior Bowl this past weekend and we really didnít see anything that jumped out and grabbed us, no real big surprises other than the fact that the offensive and defensive MVPs were both from the South team. There was a player we know from the Lamar Cardinals that did stand out and that was the outstanding play of Brendan Langley. Langley not only won 3 All American honors for his play in 2016 for the Cards but he also earned an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine in late February. Langley was 1 of only 4 FCS players invited to the Senior Bowl which speaks to how well Langley played last fall. The reason I mention this is to not only give props to one of our own but to point out that the Cowboys may be in need of a cornerback in this draft. A player like Langley who has cover skills, is fast and isnít afraid to tackle can make a good living for a long time in the NFL. Langley has ball skills too as he tied for the 2nd most INTís in the nation, not just FCS but all of college football, with 6 INTís. The Cowboys currently have 4 DBís that are unrestricted free agents, 2 CBís and 2 Sís and itís a sure bet the team wonít sign them all. The Cowboys drafted
    Anthony Brown in the 6th round last year coming out of Purdue. Iíll grant you, Brownís Big 10 background is better than Langleyís SLC roots but he showed he can play with the big boys last Saturday.

    There was some injury news of note that Jason Garrett addressed in his Pro Bowl presser on Saturday.
    Tyrone Crawford underwent left shoulder surgery last week and Garrett said it went well. No set time table for his return.
    DeMarcus Lawrence had surgery on his back for the second year in a row. According to Garrett it went well and, as with Crawford, his availability to the team is up in the air.
    Earlier last week DT Cedric Thornton had surgery on his shoulder.
    The real good news was that All Pro left tackle Tyron Smith will not need back surgery. The fact is he is feeling much better is a good sign and itís evidenced by the fact that he played a lot of snaps in the Pro Bowl Sunday night.

    The link below is from DallasCowboys.comís David Helmanís article on seven players he came away from the Senior Bowl feeling made the biggest impressions for the week. Helman, besides his regular gig as a beat writer for the Cowboys website invests a lot of time in looking at potential draft picks and he has done this job over the last few years along with former scout and Cowboys.com staff writer Bryan Broaddus as they put out a podcast on DallasCowboys.com called The Draft Show. Itís a once a week show in which Broaddus and Helman, along with CBSSports.comís NFL draft maven Dane Brugler talk about the top prospects in this yearís draft. I believe this will be the 4th year they have put on The Draft Show and if you care about the draft this is must see TV. The Draft Show also did 3 shows at the Senior Bowl during the week of practice and they will do a daily show at the NFL combine. Check it out when you can.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-sense-cowboys

    Former Cowboys great Darren Woodson was on Mike and Mike this morning and they asked him what it will be like if Tony Romo is still on the roster when the team heads into OTAís after the draft. Woodson said he is 100% sure Tony wonít be on the roster because he will not want to be a backup to Dak Prescott when he feels he can still play at a high level. Woodson also feels like, because of the close relationship between Jerry Jones and Romo, that Jones will do all he can to trade or release Romo to a contending team for Romoís sake. Woodson said this wouldnít happen for a lot of reasons on other teams but Jones is loyal to a fault and he wonít screw over Tony if he can help it. Woodson also stated that IF Romo is still on the team when OTAís begin it wonít be all sugarplums and rainbows. Tony bit the bullet last October when he ceded the starting QB to Prescott but when OTAís begin Tony will be competing his ass off and he will try to take back his job and Woodson feels it could divide the team and be a major distraction. The bottom line is most people feel Tony will be on either the Texans, the Broncos or another contender in need of a QB by the time the NFL draft rolls around in late April.

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    The most relevant thing about this time of year for a team that isnít in the Super Bowl is the upcoming draft. We saw the Senior Bowl this past weekend and we really didnít see anything that jumped out and grabbed us, no real big surprises other than the fact that the offensive and defensive MVPs were both from the South team. There was a player we know from the Lamar Cardinals that did stand out and that was the outstanding play of Brendan Langley. Langley not only won 3 All American honors for his play in 2016 for the Cards but he also earned an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine in late February. Langley was 1 of only 4 FCS players invited to the Senior Bowl which speaks to how well Langley played last fall. The reason I mention this is to not only give props to one of our own but to point out that the Cowboys may be in need of a cornerback in this draft. A player like Langley who has cover skills, is fast and isnít afraid to tackle can make a good living for a long time in the NFL. Langley has ball skills too as he tied for the 2nd most INTís in the nation, not just FCS but all of college football, with 6 INTís. The Cowboys currently have 4 DBís that are unrestricted free agents, 2 CBís and 2 Sís and itís a sure bet the team wonít sign them all. The Cowboys drafted
    Anthony Brown in the 6th round last year coming out of Purdue. Iíll grant you, Brownís Big 10 background is better than Langleyís SLC roots but he showed he can play with the big boys last Saturday.

    There was some injury news of note that Jason Garrett addressed in his Pro Bowl presser on Saturday.
    Tyrone Crawford underwent left shoulder surgery last week and Garrett said it went well. No set time table for his return.
    DeMarcus Lawrence had surgery on his back for the second year in a row. According to Garrett it went well and, as with Crawford, his availability to the team is up in the air.
    Earlier last week DT Cedric Thornton had surgery on his shoulder.
    The real good news was that All Pro left tackle Tyron Smith will not need back surgery. The fact is he is feeling much better is a good sign and itís evidenced by the fact that he played a lot of snaps in the Pro Bowl Sunday night.

    The link below is from DallasCowboys.comís David Helmanís article on seven players he came away from the Senior Bowl feeling made the biggest impressions for the week. Helman, besides his regular gig as a beat writer for the Cowboys website invests a lot of time in looking at potential draft picks and he has done this job over the last few years along with former scout and Cowboys.com staff writer Bryan Broaddus as they put out a podcast on DallasCowboys.com called The Draft Show. Itís a once a week show in which Broaddus and Helman, along with CBSSports.comís NFL draft maven Dane Brugler talk about the top prospects in this yearís draft. I believe this will be the 4th year they have put on The Draft Show and if you care about the draft this is must see TV. The Draft Show also did 3 shows at the Senior Bowl during the week of practice and they will do a daily show at the NFL combine. Check it out when you can.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-sense-cowboys

    Former Cowboys great Darren Woodson was on Mike and Mike this morning and they asked him what it will be like if Tony Romo is still on the roster when the team heads into OTAís after the draft. Woodson said he is 100% sure Tony wonít be on the roster because he will not want to be a backup to Dak Prescott when he feels he can still play at a high level. Woodson also feels like, because of the close relationship between Jerry Jones and Romo, that Jones will do all he can to trade or release Romo to a contending team for Romoís sake. Woodson said this wouldnít happen for a lot of reasons on other teams but Jones is loyal to a fault and he wonít screw over Tony if he can help it. Woodson also stated that IF Romo is still on the team when OTAís begin it wonít be all sugarplums and rainbows. Tony bit the bullet last October when he ceded the starting QB to Prescott but when OTAís begin Tony will be competing his ass off and he will try to take back his job and Woodson feels it could divide the team and be a major distraction. The bottom line is most people feel Tony will be on either the Texans, the Broncos or another contender in need of a QB by the time the NFL draft rolls around in late April.

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    The Cowboys got some dust collectors this offseason. In the NFL Honors show where all the big awards are given Dallas cleaned up some with several awards given to the Cowboys offensive side of the ball.
    > Jason Garrett named Coach of the Year.
    > Dak Prescott named Offensive Rookie of the Year
    > The Cowboys O-line was given the inaugural Ford Best Offensive Line of the Year award

    In the OROTY award the only two nominees were Dak and Zeke Elliott. Dak won but both guys went up on stage to accept it.

    In the same show the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class was announced and at the top of a rather short list was Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones. I don't care if you hate the man you have to acknowledge that he has been the man to reshaped the financial empire of the NFL. Jones deserves to be recognized for his contributions as an owner and GM because of his business decisions that has ended up making the NFL a juggernaut in the business world. People don't like Jones because he's never far from a microphone and he's way more visible than people want their favorite team's owner but there is no denying Jones has changed the face of the NFL. Not just in business but in his annual support of the Salvation Army Red Kettle program and the numerous charities the Cowboys support. When the Black Lives Matter thing was at it's highest the Cowboys with Jones at the forefront led a contingent of Dallas Police and Firemen and ERT members to show support for these people and publicly support them when it wasn't politically correct to do something like that. Jones deserves to be in the HOF and if you don't agree that okay but he's in and nothing can change that.
    The other members of the class of 2017 are;

    > K Morton Anderson
    > RB Ladanian Tomlinson
    > RB Terrell Davis
    > S Kenny Easley
    > DE Jason Taylor
    > QB Kurt Warner

    The only one I sort of disagree with is Terrell Davis, I just don't think he played long enough to make the HOF. He played seven years in the NFL, all with Denver, but he only had 3 great years. From 1995 through 1999 Davis rushed for most of his career 7,607 yards with the high water mark in 1998 when he rushed for 2008 yards and 21 TD's. The Broncos won the SB in both 1997 and 1998 but after the 1998 season Davis' career fell off the table. In his final three seasons he rushed for no more than 701 yards in a season and from 1999 through 2001 he only played in 4, 5, 8 games respectively each year before retiring after the 2001 season. He was spectacular for 3 seasons but I just don't think that worth HOF consideration.

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    The Cowboys have a problem. A 24.7 million dollar problem. You probably know what I'm talking about. One Anthony Romo. Now, some of you may say, "Hey, there's no problem. Romo is old and he's only played in 5 games the past two seasons because of injuries. Cut him or trade him because we have Dak now." I'm sorry I have a problem with the lack of loyalty people have for players. I guess it comes from playing fantasy football. You are the GM and you decide what to do with your roster and, unless you are in one of those high-falutin big money leagues, salary cap and dead money is not something you have to deal with. NFL GM's do have to worry about stuff like that and if you're a Cowboys fan you know this didn't used to be Jerry Jones strong point. Dave Campo was the head coach of the Cowboys from 2000-2002 and in that time he had nothing but old guys past their prime and subpar players acquired in the draft and he had no first round picks because Jerry traded away their first round picks for two years to get WR Joey Galloway who supposed to replace Michael Irvin who was forced to retire in 1999 because of degenerative neck condition. Oh, by the way, Galloway played all of 1 game his first year with Dallas as he tore his ACL in the 4th quarter of the season opener against Philly. Galloway did play all 16 games the next two seasons but his numbers were not worth what Dallas gave up to get him or the exorbitant salary he was being paid. That wasn't all Galloway's fault. Troy Aikman retired after the 2000 season and the Cowboys went through hell trying to find a QB which they never really got done until Romo took over in 2006. Which brings us full circle in our discussion of Tony Romo. As for the options the Cowboys now have I'm going to turn that over to DallasCowboys.com's Mickey Spagnola who gives us the lowdown on just what the Cowboys options are and how it affects the salary cap.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...een-so-hard-do


    Here's a link to a slide show on DallasCowboys.com that lists the top 10 Cowboys teams that didn't win a Super Bowl.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...er-bowl-trophy

    The next big thing is the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis which begins next week. Mark it on your calendar draft geeks, February 28 is the date and next Tuesday is the day. The week will be capped by the annual running of the 40 yard dash by NFL Network's Rich Eisen, a testament of slow white guys in action. Eisen always runs in his suit and tie and a pair of running kicks as he tries to break the 6 second barrier.

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    We always hear that you canít judge a draft until after 5 years because it takes that long to determine if the players selected are going to be good long term or a bust. With that, I thought I would look at a draft from 5 years ago but I saw a close correlation between what the Cowboys have become and the draft 6 years ago. The 2011 draft was the first draft of the Jason Garrett era. Garrett actually became head coach of the Cowboys in 2010 at the midseason point after an embarrassing loss to Green Bay under Wade Phillips. Even to casual observers the lackluster effort in that loss seemed to be a clear indication that Phillips had lost his locker room. The Cowboys were 1-7 after that loss and against what Jerry Jones had never done previously he let Phillips go and he promoted OC Garrett to the head coach spot. Garrett led the Cowboys to a 5-3 record in the second half of the season and he officially became the head coach in early 2011. Iíve said it before, the Cowboys franchise began to turn around their culture when Garrett became head coach. Garrett had a plan based on his experience playing for and coaching under some of the best coaches in the last 25 years in the NFL. Garrettís father was also a successful scout and personnel guy for the Cowboys under Tom Landry and one of Garrettís mentors was also Mike Kryzyweski long time head coach of Duke. Garrettís main influences were Jimmy Johnson, Nick Saban and Coach K. Garrett had said at the time that he wanted to build a program that would be good for years rather a team that is successful for one season. He obviously had to be looking at New England too who has been the best franchise in the Super Bowl era under Bill Belichick. ďThe Patriot WayĒ has morphed into the Cowboy way under Garrett. The Cowboys even stole one of the Patriots catch phrases, ďDo your jobĒ. Garrett is always talking about ďthe right kind of guysĒ which translated means guys who love football, guys who are totally dedicated to becoming better players, guys who have talent and guys who are good teammates.
    The front office of the Cowboys has thrown a monkey wrench into Garrettís plan from time to time by getting guys that are not Garrett kind of guys. Greg Hardy and Rolando McClain and Pacman Jones come immediately to mind. I donít think Garrett had any say-so in acquiring those players and I donít think he really wanted them but he was a good soldier and did his best to make it work. Ultimately none of them lasted long as Cowboys.
    Under Garrettís regime the Cowboys also made another hire in Will McClay who is proving to be one of the best player personnel guys in the NFL. If Jerry Jones wasnít already the GM of the Cowboys Will McClay undoubtedly would be. McClay and his staff has been able to facilitate Garrettís plan of stocking the team with those right kind of guys while, along with Stephen Jones, work to dissuade Jerry from making stupid mistakes like drafting Johnny Manziel in favor of offensive guard Zack Martin.
    Jerryís history has been to take a chance on players trying to get something for nothing. It has worked from time to time in the cases of Sean Lee and to a lesser extent Bruce Carter and now Jaylon Smith. These were guys who fell in the draft because of injury. Carter had a torn ACL his senior year in college and Dallas got him in the second round of the 2011 draft and he went on to have good seasons with Dallas before moving on in free agency. Carter was in the same boat as Sean Lee the year before. Lee was a 1st round caliber player who fell in the 2010 draft because he tore his ACL in his senior season at Penn State. When healthy, Lee has been better than good as evidenced by his first Pro Bowl selection in 2015 and being a Pro Bowler and All Pro in 2016. Lee definitely fits Garrettís mold of being the RKG. If you were to pick two players on the current Cowboys roster that define what Garrett wants in player it would be Lee and Jason Witten. By all accounts Jaylon Smith is cut from the same bolt of cloth as Sean Lee and if he completely heals from the nerve damage suffered when he tore his ACL and MCL in his last college game he should be a dynamic player on the field and an inspirational player off it.
    It is why I decided to look at the 2011 draft because that is the year Garrett began to mold the team to the image he envisioned. He already had Romo, Witten and Lee but he just needed to get pieces in place around them to return Dallas to greatness. So, here are the 2011 draft picks and at the end I will rate the draft. I hope you guys weigh in on this too.

    Rd 1 Pick #9 Ė Tyron Smith LT USC Ė Smith is the cornerstone of the Cowboys O-line and he is signed through the 2023 season. Grade - A+
    Rd 2 Pick #40 Ė Bruce Carter LB North Carolina Ė Solid player for Dallas and part of the 2014 12-4 NFC East Champion team. Departed via free agency in 2015 to Tampa Bay, heís currently on NY Jets roster. Grade - B
    Rd 3 Pick #71 Ė DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma Ė Struggled to stay healthy in his first 3 seasons in Dallas but did record second highest season rushing total in Cowboys history with 1,845 yards rushing and gained 2246 total yards from scrimmage in 2014. Left Dallas via free agency in 2015 making an ill-advised move to Philadelphia . After one season in Philly traded to Tennessee where he rushed for 1287 yards and earned his way back to the Pro Bowl in 2016. Grade - A
    Rd 4 Pick # 110 Ė David Arkin G Missouri State Ė Lasted 3 years in Dallas but never really was all that good. Since he was released in 2013 Arkin has been on several practice squads and is currently on the roster for the Los Angeles Rams. Grade - D+
    Rd 5 Pick # 143 Ė Josh Thomas CB Buffalo Ė Thomas was a practice squad player for Dallas in 2011 before being signed by Carolina during the season. In all, Thomas has played for 7 teams in his first 6 years including the past season back with the Cowboys but he missed the season because of a thumb injury. An okay player who was only resigned by Dallas because of injuries to their secondary. Grade - C-
    Rd 6 Pick # 176 Ė Dwaine Harris WR/KR Ė East Carolina Ė Core special teams player who got few chances as a WR. Was Cowboys main kick returner until 2014 when he left Dallas as a UFA. Currently on NY Giants roster as their main kick returner. Heís had more opportunities as a WR in NY too. Grade - B+
    Rd 7 Pick #220 Ė Shaun Chapas FB Ė Georgia Ė Chapas hasnít been a factor in the NFL. He lasted one season in Dallas before being released in training camp in 2012. Injured last season with Baltimore. He may not be back on a team in 2017. Grade Ė F
    Rd 7 Pick #252 Ė Bill Nagy C Ė Wisconsin Ė Nagy could have been the steal of the 2011 draft. He made the team and was the starting left guard in the first 4 games of the 2011 season. He broke his ankle against the Patriots and that landed him on IR for the rest of the season. He sprained the same ankle he broke in 2011 during the 2012 training camp. Despite knowing he wouldnít be able to play in 2012 the Lions claimed Nagy off waivers but they cut him during training camp in 2013 because his ankle never really healed properly. He has been out of football ever since. In two official seasons Nagy played in 4 games. Grade Ė F (but barring injury it could have been an A)

    Tyron Smith and Josh Thomas are the only Cowboys on the active roster from the draft. Josh Thomas is on the 90 man roster but at this point he is a just a training camp body. There are 3 players in the NFL that are major contributors; Smith, Murray and Harris. Carter and Thomas are hanging on to flagging NFL careers. The overall grade for this draft class is a C with Tyron Smith the only clear cut star from this class. From a strictly Cowboys perspective since only Smith and Thomas are even on the roster this draft class gets a D.

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    Okay I havenít posted about the Cowboys in a while simply because there isnít anything new to write about. The NFL is focused on the scouting combine and preparing for the draft. There have been some interesting rumors flying around the last couple of days so letís take a look..........

    The rumor mill is hot and heavy on reporting that there may be a deal in the works that would send Tony Romo to Denver and all it would be is a swap of first round picks and a 3rd round draft pick for Dallas. In other words Denver would get Romo and to make it happen Dallas would get Denverís 1st round pick at #20 while Denver gets Dallasí pick at #28 and Denver would give Dallas their 3rd round pick. The caveat to this trade could be a restructure of Romoís contract to lessen the current $24 MM and change cap hit. Romo has said recently that he would be willing to restructure his deal to facilitate a trade so this seems like a real possibility of happening. I hope so because Tony deserves a shot with a good team and the Broncos have the best defense heís ever played with by a wide margin. If Romo went to Denver it would make the AFC West a bitch of a horse race between the Broncos, the Raiders and the Chiefs. Romo is no stranger to strong divisional rivalries coming from the NFC East so he would feel right at home in a knock down drag out division race.
    If this Romo deal does materialize it will change the whole landscape of the Cowboys draft. The difference in picking at #20 versus #28 is huge and opens up a whole lot of potential draft pick opportunities for the Cowboys. Also getting another 3rd round pick is big. You can still get a high impact player in the 3rd round or either of the 3rd round picks could be bundled with the Cowboys 1st round pick to move up a couple of spots if a player they really want is sitting there. If this deal is real and actually goes down as rumored it is a clear win-win for the Cowboys and Broncos. The Broncos get a top 5 QB that instantly puts them in the conversation about potential Super Bowl contenders and Dallas would get a better 1st round pick and extra 3rd AND they save a bunch of money on their salary cap by trading away Romo and his 24 million dollar salary or whatever it would be worth if he restructured. BTW, the Broncos have $55 MM in cap space so they can take the hit on Romoís salary whatever it turns out to be. The downside of course is that Romo would be leaving the Cowboys, the only team heís known for 14 years. Iíll bet heís bitter over the way he was treated last season, I know I still am and Iíll never forgive Jason Garrett for screwing over somebody who is supposed to be a friend the way he did.
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    Another rumor going around is just that a rumor. It has been reported that starting right tackle Doug Free is considering retirement after 10 years in the NFL, all with the Cowboys. He is only considering retirement which doesnít mean squat. Iíve been considering retiring for a long time now and Iím still going to work every day. This is the last year of Freeís contract and he just turned 33 in January. Itís time to find his replacement anyway but until they do the Cowboys also could give Free a 2 year extension with a lot of up front money and a low base salary to give themselves some more cap room. Itís not unusual for an O-lineman to play into his mid-thirties which is where he would be with a 2 year extension. Dallas has already restructured Tyron Smithís and Travis Frederickís deals to free up some cap space and since Dallas has no clear cut replacement standing in the wings to take over for Free this type of extension could be the best move Dallas makes in his regard.
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    The number one priority for the Cowboys this offseason is get an impact pass rusher. According to Cowboys COO Stephen Jones that isnít true at all. He has repeated said the most important priority is to sign All Pro guard Zack Martin to a long term deal. The Cowboys donít have to do anything for Martin contract-wise because he will entering the 4th year of his rookie contract with the Cowboys own the option for a 5th year since he was a first round pick so the Cowboys would actually be about a year early worrying about his next contract. The caveat here is in his first 3 seasons as a pro Martin has made the Pro Bowl 3 times and made All Pro twice. They already have Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick locked up long term and, according to Jones, Martin is the biggest priority to get done this season. Understandably, the Cowboys front office want to keep
    this ďbig threeĒ core of the O-line together for a long time to come.
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    One last thing, the Cowboys have 6 draft picks this year. They gave up their 5th rounder last year in a deal so they will not have that pick. Itís no big deal Dallas didnít have a 5th last year and it doesnít seem to have hurt. If the Romo deal goes down like it was described about they would gain a 7th pick but it would come in the 3rd round instead of the 5th which is even better. Dallas will likely get another two draft picks this coming year by virtue of Jaylon Smith and Charles Tapper being healthy and actually playing this season. Smith was the Cowboys 2nd round pick while Tapper was the second 4th round pick in last yearís draft. Unfortunately, for the players and the Cowboys, they never played a down in 2016 for the Cowboys because of injuries. Both players project to be high impact players so adding them to the talent Dallas will accumulate in the draft could be a major influx of talent at positions of need.

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    The Cowboys are going wrap up their week in Indianapolis today with the final set of workouts. The combine concludes with the defensive backs which means that this is a big day for Lamarís Brandon Langley. I hope he does well and really hope that either Dallas or Houston takes him in April. DallasCowboys.comís Bryan Broaddus has been part of the Cowboys contingent in Indy for the past week and he has been giving a quick snapshot of what heís seen each day. On-field workouts began last Friday and linked below are his impressions of the workouts beginning with Fridayís look at O-linemen and running backs.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...sive-tight-end
    Saturday featured WRís, QBís and TEís with the one real standout item being Washington WR John Ross breaking Chris Johnsonís combine record 4.24 Ė 40 time. Ross blazed down the runway at an incredible 4.22. There is one thing Iíll bet Ross wishes he had done prior to running that 40 and that was to sign with Adidas rather than Nike. Adidas was offering players who signed with them the chance to win an island, a whole freaking island, if one of them broke CJ2Kís 40 record. Oh well, Cíest la vie.
    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-combine-day-4
    So, Broaddus hasnít posted his Scoutís Eye for Sunday when the D-line and LBís take center stage. I will tell you, according to Mike and Mike this morning, TAMU DE Myles Garrettís workout probably solidified his spot as the #1 pick in this yearís draft. Unless the brain trust in Cleveland is collectively stupid MGís next stop will be in the city by Lake Erie in upstate Ohio. Garrett is compared to Jadeveon Clowney. Both are tall, around 6í5Ē, and weigh pretty much the same. In fact the combine workout results are all pretty spot on except Garrett had a higher vertical jump and he had more reps on the bench press. The bench is done at a standard 225 lbs and in 2014 Clowned benched 21 reps. Garrett pushed up 33 reps. He also beat Clowneyís vertical by 3-1/2Ē, 37-1/2Ē to 41. Clowneyís 40 time was better, 4.53 to 4.61 but thatís moving for guys as big as they are.
    Earlier in the week Alabama LB Reuben Foster acted like an ass during the weigh in and physical so much so it got him kicked out of the combine. He is supposed to meet with NFL scouts on Tuesday evening to explain, if he can, his rude behavior. Foster is being touted as the best inside LB in the draft unless you consider immaturity a bad thing. ďLucy, Little Reuben has some Ďsplaininí to doĒ, if he is going to recover his lost good will and his slot in the draft.

    This post will end with a link to DallasCowboys.comís article from senior writer Mickey Spagnola who talks about the other free agents Dallas has to worry about. I know Tony Romo isnít really a free agent but heís about the only one anyone is worrying about.

    Spagnola: And Now For The Rest Of The Stories Heading Into Free Agency

    Spagnola: And Now For The Rest Of The Stories Heading Into Free Agency
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    The official beginning of the NFL league year of 2017 and the beginning of the free agent signing period begins today at 3 oíclock. A very important event concerning the Cowboys will occur around the same time according to a report by Ian Rappaport. He reported late yesterday afternoon that the Cowboys have informed Tony Romo they will release him today. Folks, this is Jerry Jones doing the right thing for a player he thinks very highly of despite it being the worst thing for the Cowboys. It gives Romo the absolute best opportunity to hook up with a team of his choice without his huge contract being an issue. It a win-win for Romo and the team that eventually signs him. The Cowboys itís the worst option of any involving Romoís status with the Cowboys. In discussions with Jones he has maintained he didnít know what was going to happen with Romo not even ruling out that he could stay with Dallas as Dak Prescottís backup. If youíre Jones, that would be the ideal situation. He would keep a player he really loves while also having the best quarterback situation in the NFL and he would worry about Tonyís cap hit later because he would at least be getting something for his money. The 2nd best option would have been a trade that would make Romoís contract, and cap hit, somebody elseís problem not to mention the benefits the Cowboys would get on their end of a trade. The problem is team would be willing to wait for Dallas to release Romo because why trade for the guy and take on his huge contract when we can wait for him to be released and negotiate our own deal. Jones and Cowboys were not in a strong bargaining position for a trade to get done. The 3rd option was designate Romo for a post June 1st release. This option was realistically the best of all the scenarios for Dallas because 1) the Cowboys werenít going to keep Romo, he made it clear he didnít want to hang around Dallas and be a backup because he still wants to be a starting QB so playing second fiddle to Dak wasnít going to happen. 2) Nobody will trade for Romo when they can get him cheaper after Dallas releases Romo. Releasing Romo post June 1st was the best available business decision the Cowboys could make but that wasnít going to happen. Why? Because of Jerry Jones loyalty to his players, especially the ones he holds in high regard. Romo may be at the top of Jerryís list of favorite people. Jerry knows the sacrifices Tony has made for the Cowboys and Jerry also knows he failed to field a team worth of Romoís skill. Jerry desperately wanted Romo to get a Super Bowl ring but now he will have to see somebody else try and make that happen because he never could field a defense that could help the Cowboys get to the elite level with Romo under center. Romo will leave Dallas owning every single passing record in Cowboys franchise history and there were 3 seasons during Romoís tenure as the Cowboys QB where their offense was good enough to win a Super Bowl. In 2007 Dallas went 13-3 but lost to eventual Super Bowl champion NY Giants in the divisional round of the playoffs. Why? Patrick Crayton dropped a pass that could have iced the victory for Dallas but the throw hit in stride right between the 8 and the 4 of his jersey but the pass bounced right off his hands and harmlessly to the ground on a critical 3rd down late in the game. The other reason was the defense needed to step up and make a stop and couldnít do it. This is a theme that was occurred all too often in the Romo era. The next season was 2009 when Dallas again lost in the divisional round after an 11-5 record during the regular season. Why? The defense failed to do anything at all on defense as Dallas was thoroughly whipped by Minnesota 34-3. The last time was in 2014, arguably the best team of the Romo era. Dallas went 12-4, won the NFC East and had a first round winner in the playoffs over Detroit. The Cowboys went into Green Bay and lost in the divisional round yet again. Why? A horrifically bad call on a 4th down Dez Bryant catch that would have either been a TD or give the Cowboys a first and goal at the Packers 1 yard line setting the Cowboys up to get the go ahead score that ended up being disallowed giving the Packers the ball on their own 35 with 2 minutes and change left in the game. The other reason being the defense couldnít mount any pressure at all on an injured, one legged Aaron Rodgers who picked apart the Cowboys defense, a defense that miserably failed to get a stop on multiple 3rd downs during the Packers final clock choking drive. Try as he might Jerry just did not have the same luck he had in building his offense when the Cowboys tried to build a good enough defense to compliment the Cowboy high powered offense.
    As a result there was to be no rings for the Cowboys during the Romo era and Romo will forever be compared to Cowboys greats in the past and be found lacking because he didnít win a Super Bowl like they did. People forget Roger Staubach didnít do it alone. He had great offenses but he also had the Doomsday Defense that helped the Cowboys go to 5 Super Bowls during the 70ís. Troy Aikman didnít do it alone either. Yes, he had the other Ďtripletsí, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith, along with a great offensive line but those Cowboys teams also had the #1 defense in the NFL that helped become the first team in NFL history to win 3 Super Bowls in 4 years. Romo has had great offensive weapons to work with and even when he didnít he made the ones he had look great. The trouble was Dallas never had a great defense. Letís be honest, Dallas never has had even a good defense during Tonyís time as the Cowboys starter. Good bye, Tony. I will be rooting for you. Bon chance mon ami -- and I really hope you end up in Houston and get that long overdue SB ring.

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    This is going to be posted on both the Texans and Cowboys offseason threads because it is so much about both the teams. Of course Iím talking about Tony Romo. I went into detail about the scenarios around Romo yesterday on the Cowboys thread so no rehash here. What is happening is the latest on what is happening with Tony in relation to his status in the NFL.
    It was reported Wednesday that Dallas was going to release Romo when the free agent signing period began at 3:00 CST on Thursday. That was Jerry Jones doing the right thing for Romo to allow him ample time to find a new team. When it was clear the Cowboys were moving on from Troy Aikman back in 2001 Jones did the right thing as the best business decision for the Cowboys by not releasing Aikman until after June 1st. By that time free agency and the draft were completed and any opportunities for Aikman to catch on with another team had dried up and blown away. Considering Dallas decided to move on from Aikman because of concerns over numerous concussions he suffered, especially in his last couple of seasons in Dallas it might also have been Jerry doing the right thing for Troy Aikmanís long term health.
    Just before 3:00 oíclock yesterday Tony posted a thank you to Dallas fans on Instagram which sounded like a goodbye if I ever heard one. Tony thanked fans for their love and support while listening to Bob Dylanís ďThese Times They Are A-ChanginíĒ on his Iphone.

    http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/news/wa...music-playing/

    After the free agent signing period began Houston worked out a deal to send Brock Osweiler and their 2018 2nd round draft pick to Cleveland. The link below from NFL.com analyzing the winners and losers of this deal sums it up pretty well. Note that Houston only gets rid of Osweiler and his salary with virtually nothing in return and that Cleveland gets a QB who is arguably better than RGIII at this point plus a 2nd round draft pick. The only thing bad about the deal for Cleveland is having to eat Osweilerís contract but considering Cleveland is required to spent a lot of money to meeting the minimum salary requirements NFL teams have to pay, this isnít such a bad deal at all--for either team.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...osweiler-trade

    The deal sending Osweiler to Cleveland is, as noted in the article above, is a win for Bill OíBrien because he didnít want Osweiler in the first place and he wanted him even less seeing his performance on the field. The main thing about the deal is Houston has dusted off the red carpet and they are free to welcome Romo to Houston. Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden, who Romo is familiar with since their time together in Dallas, would be the backups and Houston would have the best QB situation maybe in franchise history IF Romo goes to H-town.

    The fly in the ointment is that Dallas DIDNíT release Romo as reported yesterday. In his Instagram post Romo never actually said goodbye but he did say the previous 48 hours had been crazy. So, maybe Romo knew Jerry wasnít going to release him yesterday but he knows he wonít be in Dallas in 2017. Maybe this Romo doing the right thing by allowing Jerry a little time to work out a trade so the Cowboys can salvage something of his salary cap hit Dallas will take when Romo is gone. Adam Schefter said this morning on Mike and Mike that he thinks Romo will be free sooner rather than later but the Cowboys are trying desperately to get something for Romo via a trade. Schefter also said he thinks it is highly unlikely any team will agree to a trade because the Cowboys have no leverage. Schefty thinks teams will just wait for Dallas to release Romo and then pounce on making a deal with him rather than agree to a deal which will require them to bear the brunt of Romoís $24 MM cap hit. It is just good business.

    On Wednesday the Cowboys brought in Josh McCown for an interview. McCown would be an ideal backup for Dak Prescott. Heís a veteran guy and a career backup so he knows his role on a team. McCown was released by the Cleveland Browns a few weeks ago which, if Dallas ends up signing McCown, would complete the symbiotic cycle of recent events that would complete the Houston-to-Cleveland-to-Dallas-to-Houston cycle that was set in motion with the Osweiler deal yesterday. Of course Houston would have to strike a deal with Romo but this almost feels so Karmic that it is almost a case of manifest destiny. The only thing left to do for the Texans is buy Tony Romo and Slip-n-Slide to help him learn how to get down without somebody breaking his back and a get Will Fuller III a part of super sticky gloves so he can catch the damn ball and the Texans become a favorite to win Super Bowl LII.

    Houston Free Agent Losses
    S Quentin Demps signed by Chicago to a 3 year $4.5 MM per year deal
    CB A.J. Bouye signed by Jacksonville to a 5 year $67.6 MM deal (This gives the Jags two really good CBís in Bouye and last yearís 1st round pick Jalen Ramsey. This is a big loss for Houston and yet another mistake by GM Rick Smith IMO.)
    Dallas Free Agent Losses
    DL Jack Crawford signed by Atlanta to a 3 year $10.3 MM deal which includes $3.75 MM due the first year.
    OG Ronald Leary signed by Denver to a 4 year $35 MM deal. This is a big loss for Dallas IMO as I believe he is better than Laíel Collins who missed most of this past season due to injury. A big blow to the Cowboys O-line.)
    Rumored to be close to a deal is S Barry Church coming to terms on a deal that will send him to Jacksonville.
    Another player said to be close to a deal is DT Terrell McClain and the Washington Redskins. Neither of the previous deals are official and Dallas could still opt to keep one or both players if they can match the offers of those teams. In truth, Dallas has no cap space and will likely lose both. Losing both these players would be huge blow to the Cowboys who have been trying to build a good defense for 20 years and have failed to do so.

    Dallas did sign WR Brice Butler to a deal the terms of which have yet to be made known. With Dallas facing the prospect of losing Terrence Williams to free agency they signed Butler on the cheap to maintain some semblance of stability to the Cowboys WR corps. Butler is a poor manís Will Fuller III, a guy who can run fast but has questionable hands.

    Wow, lots going on. Like rust in that Neil Young song the NFL never sleeps.

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    Former Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware announced on twitter that he is retiring from the NFL. This is probably old news to some but I think it is significant. The NFL isnít like baseball in that players donít go into the Hall of Fame under a team name. Like Jeff Bagwell will go into the HOF this summer as an Astro Ware will go into the Pro Football HOF in 5 years as a football player with no particular team associated with his name. Itís too bad because Ware posted his best seasons of his 12 year career in Dallas. Wearing #94 in Dallas brought to mind the great Charles Haley but unlike Haley, who played for great teams in both San Francisco and Dallas, Ware never had a great supporting case in Dallas. His best years were already behind him when he was released by the Cowboys and signed with the Denver Broncos but John Elway did what Jerry Jones couldnít and that was put other great players around Ware that enabled him to succeed. Dallas had good and even great offenses at times during Wareís career but he was woefully unsupported on defense. It seemed as if Jerry felt like Ware was good enough to carry the team even with other players being just average. If this was the case then I guess Jerry forgot Charles Haley had Tony Tolbert, Tony Casillas, Leon Lett, Chad Hennings and Jimmy Jones on the D-line and Darren Woodson, Ken Norton Jr and Orangeís Kevin Smith at CB among the really good players on what was, at the time, the #1 ranked defense in the NFL. Because of this Ware often disappeared in the 4th quarter of games because he was exhausted fighting double teams all game long. Can you imagine if Dallas had had a Von Miller, Aqib Talib and a Danny Travathan? That defense was among the best in the NFL and helped carry the Broncos to a Super Bowl 50 win which gave Ware his first and only Super Bowl ring. So, D-Ware is saying goodbye to the NFL. At 34 years old he says he could still play at a high level if he wanted to but he says he is considering his long term health and heís just ready to quit. Good for you, man. See you in the Cowboys Ring of Honor soon and in the HOF in 5 years. Youíve earned the right to a good life for the rest of your life.

    The Cowboys have officially lost 2 of their 3 top safeties this past week. Barry Church has signed a deal with Jacksonville while JJ Wilcox has signed a deal with Tampa Bay. All I can say is the Cowboys must think quite highly of Jeff Heath and Kavon Frazier playing along Ďside Byron Jones or they have their eyes on a stud in the draft. My friends and I agree that we wish Dallas would have kept Church.

    Dallas has signed three players who may or may not be worth a crap.
    CB Nolan Carroll comes from Philadelphia and heís touted as being a faster, more agile Brandon Carr. The comparison coming from the fact neither is a very good tackler.
    DE Demontre Moore coming from Seattle. The big deal with Moore is that he came into the NFL in Chicago when the DC was Rob Marinelli who just happens to be the Cowboys current DC. Heís billed as an underachiever and a bit of a head case.
    DT Stephen Paea (pie-a-ah) come to Dallas from Cleveland. He is said to have a high effort and a good motor. A really good and productive rotation tackle which is something Dallas needs since they lost Terrell McClain.
    Hereís a fairly detailed breakdown of these player from DallasCowboys.comís Bryan Broaddus.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...agent-signings

    Dallas also signed two of the their free agent WRís. Last week I posted that Brice Butler was given a one year $1.1 MM deal and on Saturday the Cowboys signed Terrence Williams to a 4 year deal worth $17 MM.

    There is a rumor that RT Doug Free may retire but he still has one year left on his last contract. I think it has been erroneously reported that Free WILL retire when all he said is heís thinking about it. Iíll bet the Cowboys donít want him to retire just yet because their tackle situation is not all that great. The prime candidate to take over for Free is 3rd year player Chaz Green but Green canít stay healthy and heís missed more games than heís played in the his previous 2 years in the league. The Cowboys other options are either Laíel Collins or Who Is That and I Donít Know. I think the Cowboys want to keep Collins at left guard but he was a tackle at LSU and if he can handle the speed of D-ends could be a crackerjack RT. Collins projected as a guard in the NFL and they may not want to mess with the success they have had with Collins in between Travis Frederick and Tyron Smith. The Who Is That and I Donít Know guys are not who you want starting on the ďbest offensive line in footballĒ so although a free agent is unlikely it may be more possible than getting a decent tackle from a weak tackle draft.

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    The Cowboys have lost 6 starters so far during free agency, 5 on defense and 1 on offense. Ouch. They have potentially signed 3 starters to replace those departed. They lost 3 starters in the defensive backfield in Barry Church, Morris Claiborne and Brandon Carr not to mention losing their primary backup JJ Wilcox. What weíre left with is Byron Jones, Jeff Heath and Kavon Frazier to fill vacant safety positions. Not exactly a situation that gives you a warm, fuzzy feeling of security does it? The Cowboys, right now, are looking at CB having veteran Orlando Scandrick and Anthony Brown returning from last yearís team and newcomer free agent Nolan Carroll. In his scouting report on Carroll Bryan Broaddus characterized Carroll as a faster, more agile, Brandon Carr so he is an upgrade but Carroll doesnít have what Carr did, durability. Carr never missed a single game in 9 years in the NFL. That feat is almost unheard of so Carroll has some big shoes to fill in that regard. The other starters that have new homes are DT Terrell McClain DL Jack Crawford. Crawford signed a deal with Atlanta that will pay him $10.3MM over 3 years while McClain got a 4 year $21MM deal with the stupid Redskins. McClain was pretty good for the Cowboys when he was healthy which was about a 50-50 proposition over the two years he was with Dallas. To replace those two players Dallas has signed DT Stephen Paea and DE/DT Demontre Moore. Paea signed a 1 year deal with, as yet, undisclosed terms and Moore signed a 2 year deal for $1.65MM. To give you an idea of the bargains the Cowboys found they have signed seven players as of last Friday for around $10MM. That is some serious stretching of your available bucks. Yesterday Dallas resigned QB Kellen Moore to serve as Dak Prescottís backup. Moore must have seemed like the best available as he was signed on the heels of Josh McCown signing a deal with NY Jets. McCown made a visit to The Star in Frisco to meet with the Cowboys when free agency began but evidently Dallas couldnít make the offer the Jets did. Tony Romo has yet to be released or traded so I suppose there is still an outside chance Romo could remain with Dallas but, I wouldnít count on it. Dallas also lost their LG Ron Leary to Denver who ponied up a 4 year deal worth $30MM with $20MM guaranteed. That is a big blow to the O-line but Dallas has resigned G Jonathan Cooper to a one year deal terms not disclosed. Cooper gives Dallas 4 first round draft picks on their O-line and opens the door for a move to RT by Laíel Collins if Doug Free does, in fact, retire. If Free doesnít retire then Collins will return to LG and Cooper will be his backup who is reportedly also going to work at center so he can be the swing guard and backup center going forward. The biggest question on the O-line is at tackle. Of course Dallas will have Tyron Smith on the left but with the uncertainty at RT because you donít know what Free is going to do and Chaz Greene canít stay healthy you need a starting RT and a good backup to solidify the position. In a perfect world Free retires and Greene steps in and plays ten years and earns 5 or 6 Pro Bowls. Unfortunately, Greene has missed more games (24) than heís played or been available (8). Not exactly a warm, fuzzy here either. Dallas had 20 players who were or are unrestricted free agents and Dallas has signed 4 of them while 9 now have new teams. DL David Irving was an exclusive rights free agent and he signed his tender offer made by the Cowboys that, technically, means Dallas has signed 5 of 21 free agents. The only guy who we know for SURE will not be signed by Dallas, or probably anyone else, is head case LB Rolando McClain. The fact heís even listed as unsigned is a joke. He probably has marks all over his chest where NFL teams keep poking him with ten foot poles to keep him as far as possible from the NFL. The draft is still six weeks away but the Cowboys have pretty much shot their wad in available cap space with the players they have signed so until the Romo situation or some contract restructuring or both is done Dallas is likely done in free agency.

    Here is an article from DallasCowboys.com that lists the top ten 7th round draft picks in Cowboys history. Leading the way is HOF WR Bob Hayes who was chosen in the 7th round in 1964 and HOF T Rayfield Wright chosen in 1967. That was back in the day when the NFL draft was actually 30 rounds because there were only 12 teams in the NFL. As the NFL expanded and because of the merger of the NFL and AFL football leagues the number of rounds was reduced over time. In 1976 there were 12 rounds and that lasted until 1993 when the draft was only 8 rounds but the next year it was reduced to the current 7 rounds. That reduction in draft rounds corresponds with the growth of the NFL from the 12 teams that made up the NFL in the 1960ís to the current 32 teams that make up the current NFL. The reduction of the draft in the early 90ís came in tandem with player free agency and the salary cap in 1993. The precursor to genuine player free agency was the sort of weird ďPlan BĒ free agency in 1992. In Plan B teams could protect 37 players on their roster and the those left unprotected were free to sign with other teams without compensation to their original team. Dallas used Plan B extensively in 1992 with their best signings being their starting and backup TEís in Jay Novacek and Rob Awalt both coming from the Phoenix Cardinals. The 37 protected players on a teamís roster were still available to be signed but teams had the right to match any offer or, if they lost a player, they were entitled to compensation from the team who signed their player. It was actually what a restricted free agent is in todayís NFL. But, as usual, I digress. Hereís the top ten 7th round draft picks in Cowboys history from DallasCowboys.com.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...-picks-cowboys

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    Does what they do in free agency. They plug holes in the roster with reasonably priced free agents so they won't have to do something stupid in the draft. In the Jason Garrett era that's pretty much been the modus operandi of the Cowboys in the offseason. This past week they signed yet another bargain free agent in offensive tackle Byron Bell. Bell began his career in Carolina as their starting right tackle in 2011. In 2014 Bell switched to left tackle where he started 15 games. As a free agent in 2015 Bell went to Tennessee where he started all 16 games all along the Titans offensive line. Last season he dislocated his ankle which caused him to miss the entire season. He was again a free agent this season when Dallas signed him to a one year deal on Friday. This mitigates the possible retirement of Doug Free and the uncertainty of whether or not Chaz Greene will be able to play more than he has in the past. I don't think Free will retire this year. He has just one more year left on his contract and I'll bet he would love a super bowl ring and he'll be willing to give it just one more shot. Chaz Greene is talented and in a perfect world he would be Free's replacement but he has not proved to be reliable so far as a Cowboy. Veteran guy with starting experience at both tackle spots. Sounds like a smart signing to me especially since Bell is just 28 years old having just turned 28 in January.

    What the Cowboys signings have done is fill holes in their roster setting them up to actually take the best player available in the draft. It is a formula that has served them well in the past 5 drafts.

    Friday was also a big day for scouts as that was the day for the University of Michigan pro day. The Wolverines have several players who look to be going to the next level in this year's draft. Dallas scouts will be looking mainly at S Jabrill Peppers and DE Taco Charlton but they should also be looking at CB Jourdan Lewis and TE Jake Butt. Here's a look at that pro day from DallasCowboys.com by The Michigan Daily reporter Max Bullman.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...d-out-michigan

    As the cowboys website looks at the top ten picks in Cowboys history by round. My last post was the Top Ten 7th round draft picks, this post will feature the Cowboys Top Ten 6th round draft picks that feature some interesting names indeed.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...th-round-picks

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    The Cowboys lost a lot of experience in free agency but they also got some good players too and they are younger than the players they lost. The Cowboys still have a lot of homegrown talent too and the Cowboys see these players as not only big contributors this coming season but as players who will provide leadership as well.

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ership-defense

    Gosh, if you go strictly by the scouting report of new offensive tackle Byron Bell by DallasCowboys.comís Bryan Broaddus youíd think Dallas has stumbled upon the savior of the right tackle position. Bell does have starting experience having started for Carolina and Tennessee but he has been out of football for a whole year due to injury. Strictly speaking, if Broaddus is right even if Doug Free doesnít retire he could lose his job to this guy. Bell is 28 and in the prime of his career. The only question is why didnít Dallas sign him to more than a one year deal?

    http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ersatile-savvy

    After Dallas lost 2 or their top 3 safeties in free agency you have to wonder whatís up. The Cowboys look at film and see a guy who just might be better than either of the guys who left. Jeff Heath got a bad rap as a rookie when injuries forced Heath into a starting position and he was not ready for what was thrown at him. Since then he has progressed into a playmaking safety. His play in the NFC Divisional round of the playoffs this past January was pretty damn good. He certainly has earned a shot at taking over for Barry Church at strong safety. The Cowboys also have late round draft pick Kavon Frazier who the Cowboys claim made a lot of progress in his rookie season in 2016. Would that stop Dallas from drafting Michiganís Jabrill Peppers if heís there when Dallas uses their 28th pick in the first round of this yearís draft? No, but, it doesnít mean the Cowboys will reach to draft a safety out of desperation. They claim that isnít warranted because of how they feel about Heath and Frazier.

    The biggest need the Cowboys have is still the right defensive (pass rusher side) end. Dallas needs to get more pressure on the passer but itís not just DE. The Cowboys have some talented guys along the line like Maliek Collins, David Irving, Tyrone Crawford and Cedrick Thornton and they have some DEís on the roster that were either slowed or ripped from all playing time by injuries like DeMarcus Lawrence, Charles Tapper as well as a guy who is nothing but rotation player, Benson Mayowa. Dallas signed two players to try to solve the riddle of the missing pass rush in DT Steven Paea and DE/DT Demontre Moore. Still no pass rushing stud that I can see. We donít know about Charles Tapper, last yearís 2nd 4th round draft pick. He never saw the field last year because of a bad back. If heís healed he could be that guy but who knows? Just because you draft someone doesnít necessarily mean they will be the next DeMarcus Ware. You almost need a top 5 pick to get THAT guy and Dallas definitely wonít move that high. It just isnít going to happen so, all you guys who think Dallas will mortgage their draft to get Myles Garrett please wake up, the world needs you to start thinking clearly.

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