Player News - Cowboys

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The Dallas Morning News' David Moore expects the Cowboys to place the franchise tag on DE DeMarcus Lawrence.

Moore says the "goal" is to reach a long-term deal, but it is unlikely that happens before the March 6 deadline to apply the tag. Using the tag will give Dallas more time to negotiate, but it also guarantees Lawrence around $17.5 million for 2018, a number which could make long-term negotiations tricky. Lawrence exploded for 14.5 sacks in his contract year.
Feb 19 - 12:44 PM

ESPN's Todd Archer reports the Cowboys may move Byron Jones to corner in 2018.

Jones was primarily a corner as a rookie, but he moved to safety late in that season and has been there ever since. He struggled a bit when moved into more of a strong safety role last season, however, so it might make more sense for the Cowboys to take advantage of his coverage ability at corner, especially if they move on from Orlando Scandrick. In addition to his position, the Cowboys will have to decide whether or not to pick up Jones' fifth-year option this offseason.
Source: ESPN
Feb 13 - 9:20 AM

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said that one of their top priorities is to re-sign free agent LB Anthony Hitchens.

The 25-year old had his best season in 2017, making 12 starts and receiving really strong marks from PFF for his run defense across 544 snaps. Dallas would love to keep him, but the Colts are fully expected to be in on Hitchens after his position coach in Dallas, Matt Eberflus, was hired as the Colts' new DC.
Feb 11 - 2:45 PM

Cowboys RT La'El Collins has restructured his contract.

The Cowboys are converting $150,000 of his salary into a signing bonus. It gives Dallas some minor cap relief. After signing a two-year extension last July, Collins is signed through 2019.
Feb 2 - 5:44 PM

Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence's agent doesn't think his client will reach free agency.

"I would imagine that they're probably not just letting us get to free agency and leave Dallas," said David Canter. "Whatever that number ends up being remains to be seen. But I do imagine and believe that we'll have multiple conversations over the next month or so." Canter compared Lawrence to one of his other clients, Olivier Vernon, who landed a five-year, $85 million contract when he hit the market in 2016. The Cowboys will sit down with Lawrence's representation at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, which begins on February 28.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 28 - 8:30 AM

Cowboys TE Geoff Swaim (knee scope) is expected to be ready for offseason workouts.

The Cowboys' No. 3 tight end, Swaim played 172 snaps behind Jason Witten and James Hanna last season. Swaim is due a non-guaranteed $705,000 in the final year of his rookie deal.
Jan 27 - 2:45 PM

Ryan Switzer is recovering from offseason ankle surgery.

Switzer had a scope to remove bone spurs. This shouldn't impact his status for the start of OTAs. Switzer was limited to special teams as a rookie but would be in the mix for a slot role if Dallas moves on from Cole Beasley ($3.5M salary).
Jan 27 - 2:30 PM

Three-of-four Cowboys beat writers polled by the Dallas Morning News predicted Dez Bryant will remain a Cowboy in 2018.

Bryant's on-field performance clearly declined in 2017, and EVP Stephen Jones recently called Dez a "distraction" for his sideline antics. The Morning News' David Moore and Jon Machota predicted Bryant will return after taking a pay cut, and colleague Brandon George said the Cowboys believe new WRs coach Sanjay Lal plus scheme changes will help Bryant improve. Fellow Cowboys reporter Kate Hairopoulos didn't make a prediction in the four-writer poll.
Jan 26 - 1:57 PM

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said Dez Bryant "needs to understand" his behavior on the sideline affects his teammates.

Jones made news by calling Bryant's outbursts a "distraction" earlier this week, but he is not interested in walking those comments back. "I think he needs to understand that it’s not something that’s just affecting him," Jones said. "It does affect his teammates." Jerry Jones said the team plans to keep Bryant around, but Stephen has struck a less welcoming tone. Bryant is set to earn $12.5 million next season.
Jan 25 - 10:34 AM

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said the team wants to avoid using the franchise tag on impending free agent DE DeMarcus Lawrence.

"Our first goal is to sign him to a long-term deal, obviously," Jones said. "To me, the only reason you use a franchise tag is to hopefully protect yourself if you can’t get a long-term deal signed that you like." A second-round pick in 2014, Lawrence recorded eight sacks as a sophomore and exploded for 14.5 in 2017, but he has already undergone two back surgeries in his short career, a history which could complicate long-term negotiations. It will cost Dallas over $17 million to tag Lawrence.
Jan 25 - 9:31 AM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said coach Jason Garrett won't be on the hot seat going into next season.

"It’s fair for you to ask," said Jones Tuesday while attending a practice session for the upcoming Senior Bowl. "But he’s not on my hot seat." Jones continue to voice his confidence in Garrett despite that Dallas has only made the postseason twice in his seven-year tenure. With Ezekiel Elliott suspended for most of the second half, the Cowboys slumped to a 9-7 record in 2017, down from 13-3 a year earlier.
Jan 23 - 7:09 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said Tyron Smith won't require offseason surgery.

He dealt with a knee issue late in the year, but apparently it was nothing serious. A four-time All-Pro selection, Smith remains one of the league's top blind-side protectors.
Jan 23 - 6:39 PM

Speaking at the Senior Bowl on Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said the team has no plans to move on from Dez Bryant.

Jones said he expects Bryant to return in 2018, though he didn't say if the Cowboys would ask him to take a pay cut. Bryant has failed to reach 1,000 yards receiving or double-digit touchdowns in his last three seasons and led the league with 12 dropped passes in 2017. Jones' son, Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones, has also suggested that Bryant's behavior on the sidelines has become a "distraction." As it stands now, the 29-year-old will earn $12.5 million next season.
Jan 23 - 5:59 PM

Cowboys hired Kellen Moore as QBs coach.

He's replacing Wade Wilson (the coach, not the comic book character known as Deadpool), who was let go shortly after the Cowboys wrapped up their season. Moore spent part of last season as the Cowboys' No. 3 quarterback before later announcing his retirement. The 29-year-old will work with Jason Garrett to get the most out of Dak Prescott.
Jan 23 - 5:46 PM

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said Dez Bryant's behavior on the sidelines "can be a distraction."

In addition to his behavior, Jones questioned Bryant's fit with Dak Prescott and his place on the team. "The chemistry between Dak and Dez is different between Tony (Romo) and Dez. ... It hasn’t hit on all cylinders on how the connection works. It’s a work in progress," Jones said. "And we just have to really get our hands around, when you put all the full body of work together, where that's headed." Owed $12.5 million and coming off one of his least productive seasons, Dez was by no means a lock to return, but these comments make it seem like Dallas is seriously considering a divorce. Of course, Jones also might be trying to soften up Bryant before asking him to take a pay cut, an idea Dez shot down in December. Cutting Bryant would save the Cowboys $8.5 million against the cap but leave them with nothing resembling a No. 1 receiver.
Jan 23 - 9:53 AM


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