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Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick was not present for the beginning of spring workouts.

These strength and conditioning workouts are voluntary, but Scandrick appears to be making a statement. He's due just $1.5 million this season and is coming off a tremendous season that saw him finish as a top-10 corner in PFF's grades. Scandrick reportedly has a $500,000 de-escalator clause for missing the workouts, so he obviously believes a new deal is coming.
Apr 20 - 9:51 AM

The Cowboys have until May 3 to exercise Morris Claiborne's fifth-year option.

It's going to be hard to judge Claiborne (torn patellar tendon) while he's out of commission. Jerry Jones said in January that Claiborne has done enough to warrant a fifth year, but that hasn't been evident on the field.
Apr 19 - 9:02 AM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne (knee) expects to be ready for training camp.

Claiborne will miss all of OTAs recovering from knee surgeries. He was recently cleared to run on flat ground, and will need to avoid setbacks to return by the start of camp. Despite coming off three ineffective and injury-prone seasons, Claiborne’s fully-guaranteed $2.6M salary locks him into a 2015 roster spot.
Apr 18 - 2:33 PM

A dispute between Dez Bryant and his advisor could be holding up contract negotiations.

Bryant reportedly wants to terminate his relationship with longtime advisor David Wells. The Cowboys want Wells to stay involved so Bryant can focus solely on football and not worry about off-field distractions. Wells was sent a cease-and-desist letter from Bryant's attorney back in February.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Apr 16 - 10:53 PM

The Charlotte Observer's Joe Person suspects Cowboys RE Greg Hardy gets "at least" a six-game suspension for his Personal Conduct Policy violation.

Person is just guessing, but this was reportedly the expectation among NFL teams before free agency began. SI's Peter King previously passed along whispers of a forthcoming six-game ban. Per the NFL's new domestic violence policy, first-time offenders are suspended six games as a baseline. Hardy missed all but one game last season, but was never formally suspended.
Apr 16 - 3:42 PM

The Cowboys don't plan to pick up CB Morris Claiborne's fifth-year option.

The fifth-year option would be worth the average of the top 10 NFL salaries at the position, which is expected to be more than $11 million. Claiborne obviously isn't worth anything near that as he's been a grossly ineffective disaster since going sixth overall in 2012 and is coming off a torn patellar tendon.
Apr 13 - 10:59 AM

ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer believes CB Brandon Carr will stay with the Cowboys, but not at his current salary.

"I believe Brandon Carr will be on the roster when the regular season begins," Archer said. "Do I think he will make $8 million in 2015? No." Carr's agent has been adamant his client will not accept a pay cut, but that stance could change as the offseason wears on. Big-money contracts are hard to find post draft, and Carr will likely be better off taking less to stay in Dallas than testing his value on the open market. Dallas could save $8 million in cap space this season by making Carr a post-June 1 cut.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 4 - 2:05 PM

ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer believes Dez Bryant will play out the season on the franchise tag.

Bryant and the Cowboys have until July 15 to work out a long-term deal, but at this point a new deal seems unlikely. "This isn't a deal that will happen in a week or a couple of weeks," Archer said. "The two sides haven't talked." Under the terms of the franchise tag, all of Bryant's $12.8 million salary will count against the salary cap in 2015. The Cowboys would like to sign Bryant to a long-term deal both to lower that number and lock up Dez, but there does not appear to be much momentum in that direction.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 4 - 1:55 PM

Yahoo! Sports' Rand Getlin reports Tony Romo has agreed to restructure his contract, clearing "nearly" $13 million in cap space for the Cowboys.

Prior to this move, the Cowboys were right up against the cap with ILB Rolando McClain's new one-year, $3 million deal set to hit the books. Romo is likely converting most of his $17 million salary into a "signing" bonus. Romo previously said he'd take a pay cut so Dallas could re-sign DeMarco Murray. Maybe he'd do the same for an Adrian Peterson addition, though that seems unlikely at this point.
Apr 1 - 12:56 PM

Cowboys re-signed MLB Rolando McClain to a one-year, $3 million contract.

Another $1 million is available through incentives. McClain, the former No. 8 overall pick and twice-retired 25-year-old, had a big season for the Cowboys in 2014. He graded out as PFF's No. 8 inside linebacker, showing well both against the run and in pass coverage. McClain will man the middle for Dallas this season, allowing Sean Lee to kick outside to the WILL spot.
Apr 1 - 8:30 AM

Free agent ILB Rolando McClain left his Patriots visit without a contract.

The visit was described as "positive." New England was likely just doing its due diligence on McClain while offering near-veteran minimum money. The Cowboys remain interested in bringing back McClain after his standout 2014 season.
Mar 30 - 7:55 PM

Free agent ILB Rolando McClain is visiting the Patriots on Monday.

McClain finally has someone to leverage against the Cowboys, who have been lowballing him since the beginning of free agency. McClain was an integral part of Big D's defense in 2014, but dealt with concussions. He's also facing a four-game fine for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Although McClain is surely pleased to have another club in the bidding, New England is not the kind of team that's going to break open the bank for a player with his question marks.
Mar 30 - 2:01 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Bob Sturm believes free agent ILB Rolando McClain and the Cowboys have "drastically different" numbers.

The Cowboys organization has been adamant in their desire to re-sign McClain, but they are not going to overpay for a twice-retired linebacker possibly facing a four-game suspension. Based on McClain's extremely quiet free agent market, the rest of the league agrees. McClain needs to lower his asking price if he hopes to find work anytime soon.
Mar 28 - 9:46 AM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes the chances are "very good" that the Cowboys release CB Brandon Carr if he refuses a pay cut.

Carr is due an $8 million salary and scheduled to count $12.7 million against the cap in the third year of a five-year, $50.1 million contract. The Cowboys can clear $8 million in cap space this season by making him a post-June 1 cut.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 27 - 9:39 AM

When asked about CB Brandon Carr, Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said, "I fully expect Brandon to be a part of our team next year."

Carr's agent has been adamant that his client will not accept a pay cut. After signing Greg Hardy, the Cowboys have minimal cap space. Only the Saints have less room to work with. If the Cowboys don't release Carr, they may have to restructure Tony Romo's deal to clear space for rookie contracts.
Mar 25 - 9:36 AM


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