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ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer expects Dallas to use the franchise tag on impending free agent DE DeMarcus Lawrence if they're unable to sign him to a long-term deal.

It's a no-brainer move. The Cowboys have been starved for pass-rush help the past few years, and Lawrence finally gave it to them this past season, amassing 14.5 sacks and forcing four fumbles after combining for nine sacks and two forced fumbles in his first 32 career games. Injuries and suspensions played a part in Lawrence's slow start to his career. Lawrence was Pro Football Focus' No. 3-ranked 4-3 end in 2017. The franchise tag would cost about $17 million.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 11:59 AM

NFL.com's Tom Pelissero reports Cowboys LBs coach Matt Eberflus is expected to serve as Josh McDaniels' defensive coordinator in Indianapolis if McDaniels accepts the job.

McDaniels' hiring is not official but is trending that direction. Considered something of a secret weapon in Dallas, Eberflus is also the Cowboys' passing-game coordinator. He's an on-the-rise assistant who would be a huge get for McDaniels' staff as he tries to avoid the mistakes that plagued him his first head-coaching go-round in Denver. Per CBS' Jason La Canfora, ex-Raiders QBs coach Jake Peetz is the favorite to serve as McDaniels' offensive coordinator.
Jan 15 - 3:00 PM

Cowboys LG Jonathan Cooper underwent knee surgery last week.

Cooper sprained his MCL against the Eagles in Week 17. He should be ready for OTAs, according to ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer. The former seventh overall pick will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Jan 12 - 2:14 PM

Impending free agent Brice Butler says he won't re-sign with the Cowboys unless he's promised a starting job.

"With Dallas, the situation has to be right for me to go back," Butler said on FOX Sports 1 Thursday. "I have to be a starter. If I'm not starting, I'm not going back." Pressed by Skip Bayless and Colin Cowherd on why he didn't play more in 2017, Butler was largely miffed, attributing it to Terrance Williams' new contract. That's as good of a guess as any. When he was on the field, the speed demon was productive, turning a measly 15 catches into 317 yards (21.1 YPC). He has six touchdowns on 31 catches over the past two seasons.
Jan 11 - 4:16 PM

Cowboys VP of player personnel Will McClay declined the Texans' request to interview him for their general-manager vacancy.

The Texans' GM search hasn't really gotten off the ground. They were interested in the Packers' Brian Gutekunst before he landed the GM gig in Green Bay, and now McClay has turned down an interview. Bills director of player personnel Brian Gaine remains a favorite to return to Houston.
Jan 10 - 10:46 AM

Cowboys DT Maliek Collins is recovering from left foot surgery.

Collins' return timeline is unclear, but ESPN's Todd Archer reports the Cowboys are not concerned. A 16-game starter as a sophomore, Collins played 684 snaps but wasn't particularly effective. He has 7.5 sacks in 32 career games.
Jan 9 - 4:03 PM

Cowboys RG Zack Martin is recovering from a "clean-up" operation to his right elbow but is expected to be ready for the start of OTAs.

The No. 16 overall pick of the 2014 draft, Martin has never missed a game. At 27, he is one of the league's very best guards. Headed into the final year of his rookie deal, Martin should get extended at some point this offseason.
Jan 9 - 3:49 PM

Texans have been granted permission to interview Cowboys VP of player personnel Will McClay.

There were reports McClay turned down the interview request, but the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that is not the case. Even if he eventually declines the interview, it is a reminder how coveted McClay is around the league. Houston is also interested in Bills VP of player personnel Brian Gaine.
Jan 7 - 5:27 PM

The Cowboys are expected to hire Kellen Moore as their QB coach.

Moore opened 2017 with the Cowboys but retired after spending the second half of the season out of the league. This is a high-upside hire for Dallas, with 28-year-old Moore now set to be one of the youngest position coaches in the league. Moore has six seasons in OC Scott Linehan's scheme and could be a fast riser in the Jason Garrett coaching tree.
Jan 6 - 7:24 PM

Jerry Jones said firing Jason Garrett was never "even a thought for me."

Garrett has clapped his way into the heart of Jerry Jones, and it is going to take more than one disappointing season to change that. To be fair to Garrett, he was without his best offensive player for six games, and he still has just one losing season on his resume. Jones also wants DC Rod Marinelli and OC Scott Linehan to return but cautioned there could be changes to the staff.
Jan 2 - 9:48 AM

Cowboys signed WR KD Cannon, DB Marquez White, WR Brian Brown, S Jameill Showers, DT Joe Vellano, OT Jarron James and RB Trey Williams to reserve/future contracts.

A "name" UDFA out of Baylor, Cannon spent the year on the Cowboys' practice squad. He was held without a catch in two preseason appearances. Cannon is a speedster (4.41) without much nuance to his game.
Jan 1 - 3:02 PM

Jason Witten said he will continue his career in 2018.

"I love playing this game too much," Witten said, "and I know I can play at a high level." Set to turn 36 in May, Witten caught 63 passes for 560 yards (8.9 YPR) and five touchdowns in 2017. While the Cowboys could use more of a playmaking element at the position, Witten is about as reliable a safety blanket as Dak Prescott could ask for.
Jan 1 - 12:48 PM

Jason Witten caught 2-of-3 targets for 17 yards in Week 17 against the Eagles.

Witten closes out the year with a 63/560/5 line. He remained effective through his age-35 season, but isn't more than a third-down/red-zone option at this stage of his career. Dallas extended Witten last March, but he isn't a lock to return in 2018.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:59:00 PM

Brice Butler caught two passes for 50 yards and a touchdown in Week 17 against the Eagles.

Butler led Dallas in receiving after being inactive the last three games. He doesn't have much of a future with Dallas despite having a solid skill set. Butler should look for more playing time in 2018 free agency.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:56:00 PM

Ryan Switzer caught 4-of-5 targets for 32 yards in Week 17 against the Eagles.

Switzer saw time in the slot with Cole Beasley sidelined. He was mostly limited to special teams as a rookie, but could have an expanded 2018 role. With Beasley owed a $3.5 million salary next year, it's possible Dallas moves forward with Switzer in the slot.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 04:49:00 PM


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