Player News - Cowboys

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Cowboys tendered restricted free agent DL David Irving at the second-round level.

It's worth $2.914 million and should keep Irving in Dallas for at least one more season. The 24-year-old mountain at 6'7/290 recorded seven sacks across eight games last season and remains a building block for Dallas.
Mar 14 - 10:11 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys have not discussed a pay cut with Dez Bryant.

Rapoport reports Bryant and Jerry Jones recently had a conversation, but the team has not reached out to Bryant's agent about restructuring his deal. With the new league year only a day away, it looks like Dallas is prepared to keep the status quo with their top receiver for at least another season. Even so, they need to add some more weapons in the passing game.
Mar 13 - 9:29 AM

Cowboys re-signed DT Brian Price to a two-year, $1.35 million contract.

Price was an exclusive rights free agent, so he did well to land a two-year deal, although the contract likely contains few if any guarantees. The tackle should compete for a rotational role in camp.
Mar 12 - 11:41 AM

Sporting News' Michael McCarthy reports Fox is "targeting" Jason Witten to be their new Thursday Night Football analyst.

Following Tony Romo's instant success last season, it seems Fox wants to get into the mix as well with a freshly-out-of-the-league Cowboy. Witten has said he will continue his career his 2018, so this is likely a non-starter. Still, the future Hall of Famer appears to have some options. Witten will turn 36 in May.
Mar 12 - 10:04 AM

Cowboys signed franchise player LE DeMarcus Lawrence to a one-year, $17.143 million contract.

That didn't take long. Lawrence was slapped with the tag earlier Monday and wasted no time signing it, guaranteeing himself the full $17 million and change for 2018. The two sides have until mid-July to hammer out a long-term deal. Lawrence and Ezekiel Ansah were both tagged ahead of free agency.
Mar 5 - 8:09 PM

Cowboys will apply the franchise tag to LE DeMarcus Lawrence.

The sides will not reach a long-term agreement before Tuesday's deadline, making the tag a formality. The tag is worth roughly $17.5 million for defensive ends. The sides now have until July 16 to reach a long-term agreement. Coming off a 14.5-sack breakout, Lawrence turns 26 next month.
Mar 5 - 1:22 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones views Jaylon Smith as an every-down linebacker.

Smith appeared in all 16 games last season but made just six starts. The Cowboys plan to increase his snaps now that he's two years removed from his knee injury. Smith is good against the run but had middling PFF grades in 2017, ranking outside the top 40 linebackers. Dallas is hoping he'll make a third-year leap.
Mar 3 - 4:10 PM

The Cowboys don't plan to upgrade on Cooper Rush as their No. 2 quarterback.

Rush was promoted to backup duties in the second half of last year. He had a solid 2017 preseason but is one of the least experienced backups in the league. The Cowboys may look to add a rookie behind Rush.
Mar 3 - 3:41 PM

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects Dez Bryant to return this season.

"As we sit right here, yes," Jones said at the Combine. "It takes two to do anything with his contract." The Cowboys have been giving out mixed signals on Bryant, but Jones makes it sound like they want him back on a restructured deal. Bryant has a $16.5 million 2018 cap hit — a number Dallas can reduce by $12.5 million from making him a post June cut. The Cowboys plan to meet with Bryant in the "immediate future" to discuss his spot with the team.
Mar 3 - 3:26 PM

Cowboys coach Jason Garrett declined to say if Dez Bryant will return this season.

"We have a tremendous amount of love for Dez as an organization," Garrett said. "Obviously there are a lot of decisions we have to make with our team. We have some guys at different kinds of contracts that you have to discuss every year." Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones also didn't rule out cutting Bryant after calling him a "distraction" this offseason. Bryant's on-field production has been in decline the last three years and he hasn't looked the same since a Jones fracture derailed his 2015 season. The Cowboys can save $12.5 million from making Bryant a post June cut.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 28 - 6:01 PM

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones says the team is taking a "worst-case scenario" outlook with suspended DE Randy Gregory.

Jones essentially said the Cowboys will believe Gregory is back when they see it. The No. 60 overall pick of the 2015 draft has missed all but two games with suspension over the past two seasons. He is eligible to apply for reinstatement this offseason and is expected to do so.
Feb 27 - 1:28 PM

The Cowboys will meet with contract-year RG Zack Martin's player rep at the Combine.

Martin is due $9.341 million in the final year of his rookie contract. The No. 16 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Martin has never missed a game. He is one of the league's truly elite guards.
Feb 27 - 1:23 PM

The Cowboys are not planning to meet with Dez Bryant's representation at the Combine.

EVP Stephen Jones did say the sides would meet "sooner rather than later." Due $12.5 million after another down season, Bryant is a candidate for a pay cut, though he doesn't seem like the pay cut taking type.
Feb 27 - 1:20 PM

Cowboys EVP Stephen Jones said the team plans to tender restricted free agent DL David Irving.

Jones said the team has yet to decide at what level, but a second-round tender would almost certainly be enough to keep Irving in the building. Irving only played eight games in 2017 because of both suspension and injury, but he racked up seven sacks. Dallas should look to add some talent to the defensive front this offseason, but Irving should remain an important piece.
Feb 27 - 1:00 PM

Updating a previous item, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is not planning to fine Cowboys owner Jerry Jones.

The New York Times reported Goodell planned to fine Jones "millions of dollars" for conduct detrimental to the league. Instead, Goodell is asking for a "reimbursement of costs incurred by member clubs" of "more than $2 million," and that the "resolution has been on the books for more than 20 years." The rest of the NFL owners also believed this would be Goodell's best approach to deal with Jones. It's a convoluted situation that will hopefully soon have more clarity.
Feb 26 - 5:25 PM

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