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Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey skipped the team's flight to training camp as he aims for a new contract.

Mincey is scheduled to make $1.5 million in the final year of his two-year contract. He led the Cowboys in sacks and pressures last season and fell 11 snaps shy of earning a $500,000 bonus. The 31-year-old appears to want some guaranteed money and a boost to his salary. With the Cowboys adding RE Greg Hardy and second-rounder Randy Gregory and expecting a leap from LE Demarcus Lawrence, Mincey may see his snaps reduced a bit this season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 28 - 9:00 PM

Cowboys placed RB Ryan Williams (knee) on injured reserve.

It turns out Williams was waived/injured, not released. Unsurprisingly, he went unclaimed on waivers. Recovering from a June "procedure," Williams just can't get his troublesome knee healthy. Williams will likely be released with an injury settlement if/when he gets healthy in 2015.
Jul 28 - 5:44 PM

Cowboys signed RB Gus Johnson.

Johnson went undrafted out of Stephen F. Austin, where he was the 2014 Southland Conference Player of the Year. He ran a disappointing 4.70 at the Combine, but posted solid vertical (36 1/2") and broad (10') jump numbers, and then improved his forty to the mid-4.5s at his Pro Day. Johnson will start off as the No. 4 or 5 RB in Dallas, but is a name to monitor. The players in front (Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar) aren't exactly world-beaters.
Jul 28 - 11:20 AM

Cowboys released RB Ryan Williams.

The oft-injured Williams couldn't stay out of the training room again, undergoing a knee procedure after he experienced swelling in June. The Cowboys added Stephen F. Austin UDFA Gus Johnson to take his place on the 90-man roster. Unless Chris Johnson or another veteran comes aboard, it looks like the Cowboys will roll with Joseph Randle, Darren McFadden and Lance Dunbar as their top-three running backs.
Jul 28 - 11:12 AM

ESPN Dallas doesn’t project La’El Collins to be a Week 1 starter.

Collins is battling Ronald Leary to start at left guard. With Leary coming off a solid season, Collins isn’t guaranteed to unseat him before Week 1. Leary was a liability in pass protection last year, but rated as a top-five run blocker by PFF.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 24 - 7:09 PM

Cowboys RB Joseph Randle has received deferred adjudication for his shoplifting arrest last October.

Randle was busted for stealing cologne and underwear from a department store. As long as he stays out of trouble for the next 180 days, the misdemeanor will be dismissed. Randle was fined and isn't expected to face a suspension.
Jul 24 - 10:07 AM

ESPN Dallas projects the Cowboys to keep three running backs on the final roster.

Beat writers seem very confident about the current pecking order in Dallas' backfield. Joseph Randle enters camp as the clear starter, Darren McFadden will push him from a change-of-pace role and Lance Dunbar is the passing back. Ryan Williams and Lache Seastrunk are projected cuts. Randle's ADP is currently peaking at the top of Round 4.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 23 - 12:32 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer doesn't expect an uptick in usage for third-year TE Gavin Escobar.

Jason Witten is an every-down tight end, while James Hanna is a better blocker and special teamer than Escobar. The 47th overall pick in the 2013 draft, Escobar has managed 18 catches through two NFL seasons, though six have resulted in touchdowns. The Cowboys will likely predominately be a three-wide receiver team this season, rather than going heavy on two-tight end packages.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jul 19 - 3:53 PM

Cowboys signed WR Dez Bryant to a five-year, $70 million contract, including $45 million guaranteed.

As they say, deadlines spur action. There had been so much back-and-forth between the two sides through the media. And being that it happened during late June and early July -- the NFL's deadest period -- things were very much blown out of proportion. In the end, Bryant gets his money and long-term security, while the Cowboys lock up arguably the league's best receiver entering his prime at $14 million annually, making Dez the second-highest paid player at his position behind Calvin Johnson. It's a blueprint for Demaryius Thomas, Julio Jones, and A.J. Green as they look for their second NFL contracts. Bryant will be on the field Week 1 against the Giants.
Jul 15 - 3:09 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys and unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant are "finalizing" a long-term contract extension.

Per RapSheet and ESPN's Adam Schefter, Bryant is on his way to Valley Ranch to meet with Cowboys officials and hammer out the final minor details. This thing appears like it's going to get done before 4 PM; we're just awaiting details.
Jul 15 - 2:40 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota reports the Cowboys are "closing in on a deal" with unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport adds the two sides are "making real progress" toward a long-term deal, and "everyone is optimistic now." Nothing like a good, firm deadline to get the sides together to try and hammer this thing out. We'll surely have more updates on the situation before the 4 PM ET deadline.
Jul 15 - 2:09 PM

According to Profootballtalk, it's "still less than 50-50" the Cowboys will reach a long-term deal with Dez Bryant before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Bryant's camp considers the Cowboys' latest offer "not great." So far, Bryant hasn't been willing to give Dallas a hometown discount but he may change his tune as the deadline ticks closer. Bryant has promised a holdout if the sides can't agree on a contract, though the Cowboys believe he's bluffing.
Jul 15 - 12:50 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are offering franchise player Dez Bryant over $13 million a year and Bryant is now "more optimistic than ever" that a deal will be reached before Wednesday's 4 p.m. ET deadline.

Rapoport said the two sides had "a long way to go" Tuesday night so it appears they've made progress. Bryant is still hoping for a contract in the neighborhood of Calvin Johnson's eight-year, $150.5 million deal but the Cowboys might sway him by offering a huge amount of guaranteed money. Bryant tweeted Monday that he'd hold out if a deal isn't reached.
Jul 15 - 11:38 AM

Greg Hardy will decide whether to take legal action against the NFL for his four-game suspension "any time now," according to PFT's Mike Florio.

Hardy has been mulling a lawsuit since the NFL reduced his suspension from 10 games to four last week. On the surface, that seems like a fair compromise, but keep in mind Hardy was forced to sit out most of last season. He's essentially served a 15-game suspension, though the Panthers paid him during his absence. We'll have to wait and see if Hardy is ready to wave the white flag after fighting the league on this issue for almost a year.
Jul 15 - 8:45 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys are offering unsigned franchise player Dez Bryant more than $12.8 million per year in long-term talks, but that the sides "have a long way to go."

$12.8 million is what Bryant would make under the franchise tag. Although Rapsheet reports Bryant is seeking "more than Megatron money" — Calvin Johnson's deal is for eight years and $150.5 million — the Cowboys apparently aren't buying his holdout threat because of how much time he's spent at the team facility this offseason. Nevertheless, Rapsheet's colleague Rand Getlin reports that "sources close" to Bryant "insist" he's ready to stay away. We'll have a much clearer idea of where the sides stand in 24 hours.
Jul 14 - 7:25 PM


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