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The Cowboys could be a landing spot for free agent DT Johnathan Hankins.

Dallas is in the market for a one-technique with Maliek Collins sidelined. After missing out on Terrell McClain, they may look to bring in Hankins. There haven't been many updates on Hankins since he visited the Jets last month. Hankins made $10.5 million in 2017 but should be open to a one-year, prove-it deal.
Source: USA Today
May 12 - 3:31 PM

Free agent DL Terrell McClain has a visit scheduled with the Cowboys.

McClain spent three seasons with the Cowboys before his disappointing one-year stop in Washington. He visited the Dolphins last week and met with the 49ers on Monday.
May 8 - 10:12 AM

SportsDay DFW's Jon Machota reports the Cowboys will take a 'committee approach' at tight end.

Geoff Swaim, Blake Jarwin, Rico Gathers, and fourth-round pick Dalton Schultz will attempt to fill the void left behind following Jason Witten's retirement. Swaim is the only one of the group who's caught a pass in a regular season game and will likely receive the first crack at starting. The team remains down on Gathers despite his 7-106-2 line on 89 snaps last preseason, but would be wise to use his 6'6, 273 lb. frame on the goal line. It's a competition to watch closely in camp.
May 4 - 11:59 AM

Cowboys TE Jason Witten reportedly received an "interesting" last-minute proposal from another network.

Witten's decision is likely to come Wednesday. He was well on his way to joining ESPN's Monday Night Football booth before another network reportedly swooped in. It seems very unlikely he returns to the Cowboys if there are two concrete offers waiting for the 15-year veteran outside of football. Even so, head coach Jason Garrett is actively trying to persuade Witten to return for one more season. If the Cowboys are expecting him to move on, they certainly did little to address that position over the weekend, waiting until the final day to draft Stanford TE Dalton Schultz. We fully expect Witten to officially hang up his cleats this week.
Apr 29 - 7:14 PM

SportsDay DFW's David Moore reports the Cowboys are not done pursuing Seahawks FS Earl Thomas.

Moore insists the Cowboys' attraction to Thomas is "real" and said the team's inability to trade for him during the draft "doesn't diminish their desire going forward." The Cowboys were reportedly one of two teams who made an offer for Thomas last week but Seattle's asking price was said to still be "too high." It's possible a deal materializes in the coming weeks if Thomas decidedly holds out during negotiations. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll remains steadfast that the team has "been counting on Earl being [in Seattle] the whole time."
Apr 29 - 7:03 PM

Cowboys acquired DT Jihad Ward from the Raiders in exchange for WR Ryan Switzer.

Ward has undergone two surgeries to his left foot over the past three seasons and also had a knee operation in 2016. Even when healthy, he hasn't been effective. He'll compete to rotate with David Irving, Maliek Collins, and Richard Ash on Dallas' interior line.
Apr 28 - 6:26 PM

Raiders acquired WR Ryan Switzer from the Cowboys in exchange for DT Jihad Ward.

It was obvious the Cowboys would part ways with a receiver following their acquisition of Tavon Austin, but it's surprising Switzer was the one to go. Taken in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, Switzer was primarily limited to special teams in Dallas his rookie year. He'll likely be Oakland's primary kick and punt returner since the team dealt special teams ace Cordarrelle Patterson to New England in April.
Apr 28 - 6:05 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys view Tavon Austin as a running back.

Rapoport compares Austin to Lance Dunbar, who received 24 targets in a third-down role with the Cowboys in 2016. Austin played a similar role with the Rams last season as he handled 59 carries and saw 22 targets. Despite Austin's reported involvement in Dallas' backfield, Ezekiel Elliott remains a prime bounce-back candidate and RB1 in 2018.
Apr 28 - 3:13 PM

Cowboys selected Colorado State WR Michael Gallup with the No. 81 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Gallup (6’1/205) spent two years at CSU after transferring from JUCO, tallying a 176/2,685/15.3/21 career receiving line and earning second-team All-American in 2017. PFF College credited Gallup with 657 yards after the catch last season, fourth most in the nation. Gallup’s 20 missed tackles forced were fifth most among D-I wide receivers. Not a long-speed burner (4.51) but a sudden short-area mover with plus route quickness and a noticeable knack for creating separation from defensive backs with quick and active hands, Gallup offers No. 2/3 wideout ability as a poor man’s Donald Driver, or potential modern-day Rishard Matthews. He'll been an immediate factor for the Cowboys, who are currently slated to start Allen Hurns, Terrance Williams, and Cole Beasley in Week 1.
Apr 27 - 10:02 PM

Jordan Schultz of Yahoo Sports reports the Cowboys plan to select SMU WR Courtland Sutton on Friday.

A 92nd-percentile SPARQ athlete, the 22-year-old is widely considered the top receiver available and should be drafted early on Day 2. Dallas desperately needs a pass-catcher after cutting Dez Bryant and losing Jason Witten to retirement. The Cowboys don't pick until No. 50 and will likely have to trade up to land Sutton.
Apr 27 - 2:56 PM

ESPN's Dan Graziano reports trade talks between the Cowboys and Seahawks for Earl Thomas "centered around" the No. 50 overall pick.

Graziano's reporting suggests the Seahawks are happy with the compensation, but Dallas will not pull the trigger unless they know they can sign Thomas to an extension. Considering Thomas told Jason Garrett to "come get me" after a game in December, it seems like he is amenable to a long-term deal with Dallas. It would not be surprising to see the All-Pro safety moved during the draft.
Source: ESPN
Apr 26 - 12:44 PM

Speaking Tuesday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones hinted the team is not open to re-signing free agent Dez Bryant at a lower price.

Bryant believes Jones was not the driving force behind his release, but it's evident the bridge has been burned, at least for the time being. Bryant has drawn rumored interest but has yet to make a visit.
Apr 24 - 2:34 PM

Per NFL Network's Jane Slater, the Cowboys envision Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch as "(Brian) Urlacher 2.0."

It's an aggressive comparison to the first-ballot Hall of Famer, but not an uncommon one. NFL draft insider Tony Pauline passed along rumors Vander Esch was drawing Urlacher comparisons from scouts shortly after the college season. In addition to wide receiver, the Cowboys have a big need at linebacker. They want to keep Sean Lee on the weak side, move Jaylon Smith to the strong side, and find a true three-down "Mike."
Apr 23 - 5:06 PM

Cardinals signed DE Benson Mayowa, formerly of the Cowboys, to a one-year, $1.6 million contract.

He visited the Cardinals earlier this month. Mayowa broke out with six sacks for the Cowboys in 2016, but he managed just one in limited snaps last season. He should compete for a rotational role.
Apr 23 - 12:19 PM

Cowboys TE James Hanna was placed on the reserved/retired list.

This move frees $2.75 million in cap space. Hanna was a key run blocker for Dallas when healthy but has been troubled by a chronic knee condition the last two seasons. Cowboys TE depth includes Rico Gathers, Geoff Swaim, and Blake Jarwin behind Jason Witten.
Apr 20 - 11:53 AM

Jason Witten confirmed he'll play for the Cowboys in 2018.

Witten was drawing television interest in April but confirmed he has no interest in taking a studio job right now. "Just taking it one year at a time," he said. This was expected after he restructured his contract a few weeks ago. Coming off his lowest yardage total since his rookie season in 2003, Witten turns 36 in May.
Apr 17 - 8:49 PM

Cowboys released WR Dez Bryant.

The move saves Dallas $12.5 million in cash and clears $8.5 million in cap space. Bryant is entering his age-30 season and has been trending downward for a couple years. He played all 16 games last season for the first time since 2014 but had his worst statistical season since his rookie year, catching 69 balls for 838 yards and six touchdowns. In total, the 2010 first-rounder caught 73 touchdowns for Dallas and had three-straight 1,000-yard seasons from 2012-2014. Bryant's injury history and lack of adjusting his playing style to compensate for his diminishing skill set likely were the factors that led to his release. Bryant should land on his feet quickly. He's still a big-time red-zone weapon and super-physical after the catch.
Apr 13 - 12:31 PM

Free agent DE Ryan Delaire worked out for the Cowboys on Friday.

Delaire was out of the league last year while recovering from a torn ACL. He was close to signing with Philadelphia in December but was unable to pass his physical. The 26-year-old last played for Carolina in 2016, registering six tackles and one sack over 139 defensive snaps.
Apr 6 - 4:23 PM

Cardinals signed WR Brice Butler, formerly of the Cowboys, to a two-year contract.

At this stage of free agency, this is about as good as it gets when it comes to a signing. Butler has long been intriguing dating back to his Raiders days as a former seventh-rounder. He's big (6'3/220) with deep speed (4.37 forty) and averaged 17.3 yards per catch the last two seasons with the Cowboys, though he was criminally underused. With not much going on outside in Arizona, Butler should be given a real chance to carve out a prominent offensive role.
Apr 2 - 7:04 PM

Free agent DE Kony Ealy will visit the Cowboys this week.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Jets are still interested in re-signing Ealy, but he is clearly not happy with their offer. Ealy recorded one sack in 452 snaps with the Jets last season.
Apr 2 - 12:00 PM

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