Player News - Cowboys

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Free agent OG Jonathan Cooper is expected to test the open market.

Cooper spent time with Cleveland and New England last year before ending up with the Cowboys. Dallas could offer Cooper swing role money but he wants an opportunity to start. Cooper has been a bust to this point, but his talent and first-round pedigree will draw interest from teams.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 18 - 3:39 PM

The Cowboys are expected to re-sign free agent Kellen Moore.

Moore missed all of 2016 to a broken ankle but should be healthy for OTAs. The Cowboys are higher on him than free agent Mark Sanchez. ESPN’s Todd Archer considers Moore the favorite to back up Dak Prescott.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 18 - 2:32 PM

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports doesn't believe the Cowboys will release Tony Romo.

A recent ESPN report stated the opposite. Per La Canfora, nothing has been decided on Romo's status in Dallas. That will remain the case until Romo sits down with owner Jerry Jones before or during the Combine. La Canfora also stated that "the four teams (Romo) is most interested in are Houston, Kansas City, Denver, and Arizona." On paper, the Texans and Broncos are the best fits.
Feb 17 - 2:32 PM

ESPN's Ed Werder reports Tony Romo expects to be released.

That is instead of being traded. The Cowboys will certainly attempt to find a trading partner, but it does not make much sense for anyone to trade for a soon-to-be-37 quarterback who has played five games in the last two seasons with most of that missed time due to injury. If the Cowboys want to do right by Romo, it also makes the most sense to let him pick his next destination, although he will certainly have some say in trade negotiations as well. As for his future, Werder reports Romo believes he can play two-to-three more seasons.
Feb 16 - 11:42 AM

Cowboys SS Barry Church told a Dallas radio station that Tony Romo played "like 2014 Romo" in late-season practices.

Albeit in an extremely small sample, Romo also looked good as new in his Week 17 spot appearance, completing 3-of-4 throws for 29 yards and a touchdown against the Eagles. Romo broke a bone in his back last preseason, then resumed practicing in early November. "He looked great back there," Church said. "He was dropping some dimes, some serious dimes against the No. 1 defense. We went against him on 7-on-7 drills." Church said he would answer "Yeah, go get him," if asked by a quarterback-needy team whether Romo was worth pursuing.
Feb 15 - 8:44 PM

Jay Skurski of the Buffalo News believes the Bills have enough cap space to take on Tony Romo's salary.

That's only if the Bills part with Tyrod Taylor, which would free up $13 million in cap room and cover most of Romo's $14 million salary if the Bills acquired him via trade. Buffalo could have some appeal to Romo with a strong offensive line, elite running game, and legit No. 1 receiver in Sammy Watkins. With that said, the Bills are still an extreme long shot to land Romo.
Feb 10 - 1:49 PM

The Cowboys' official website believes there's "little chance" of the team re-signing free agent Gavin Escobar.

The No. 47 overall pick of the 2013 draft, Escobar has never caught more than nine passes in a season. He tallied four receptions in 2016. Cowboys media scout Bryan Broaddus believes Escobar never developed the necessary bulk to become a regular contributor. Now 26, Escobar has the hands and size to be a red-zone presence, but that remains purely theoretical.
Feb 9 - 3:28 PM

Cowboys LB Jaylon Smith (knee) posted a video on Twitter showing him changing direction without issue.

Smith and the Cowboys have been consistently positive about the linebacker's recovery, and the video does nothing to dispute their optimism. He is wearing a brace to help with the "drop-foot" condition he developed as a result of nerve damage following the serious knee injury he suffered just over a year ago, but he seems to be moving normally. Smith should be ready for the offseason program.
Source: ESPN
Feb 9 - 9:36 AM

Jerry Jones said he is not sure how the team will "resolve" the Tony Romo situation.

"There are some issues here that you just have to see how the cards are playing," Jones said. "The main thing is we will work through it. We have a sound enough foundation together that on an individual basis, we will get through this." Not interested in retiring, it is almost certain Romo will be playing elsewhere in 2017, but the Cowboys will want to get something in return for their long-time quarterback. The rest of the NFL knows Dallas wants to do right by Romo, however, making it unlikely any team is willing to give up much in a trade. Whatever happens, we should start hearing plenty of noise about possible landing spots during the Combine later this month.
Feb 9 - 9:13 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Tony Romo has no plans to retire despite drawing "strong interest" as a television analyst.

Networks have reached out to Romo about working as a color analyst, but he's not ready to hang up his cleats. Romo turns 37 in April, but high-level quarterbacks routinely maintain effectiveness deep into their 30s. The four-time Pro Bowler is unlikely to return to Dallas after losing his starting job to OROY Dak Prescott. Romo's trade market will be one of the offseason's top storylines.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 5 - 9:25 AM

Associated Press named Jason Garrett its 2016 Coach of the Year.

Dallas won an NFC-best 13 games under Garrett. It ties for the most single-season wins in Cowboys history and was a nine-game turnaround from 2015 (4-12). Garrett oversaw a top-five offense despite losing Tony Romo in the preseason. His coaching paved the success of rookies Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott, who were thrust into featured roles. Garrett had 25 first-place votes, beating out Bill Belichick (14), Adam Gase (6), Jack Del Rio (4) and Andy Reid (1).
Feb 4 - 8:35 PM

Associated Press named Cowboys QB Dak Prescott its 2016 Rookie of the Year.

It's a stunning upset over teammate Ezekiel Elliott. A fourth-round pick, Prescott led Dallas to a 13-win season as a rookie starter. He threw for 3,667 yards with a 23:4 TD/INT ratio and 67.8 completion percentage, rushing for an additional 282 yards and six touchdowns. Prescott received 28-of-50 votes, beating out Elliott by seven first-place votes. With Dallas moving on from Tony Romo this offseason, Prescott has firmly established himself as the Cowboys' franchise quarterback.
Feb 4 - 7:47 PM

ESPN Dallas doesn't expect the Cowboys to re-sign free agent Terrance Williams.

Williams is unlikely to be back after fighting for targets behind Dez Bryant, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten most of the last two seasons. A three-plus year starter, Williams is a prime candidate to be overpaid in free agency. Dallas could re-sign Brice Butler to replace Williams' outside role.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 3 - 6:42 PM

Free agent LG Ronald Leary is expected to command $8 million annually.

The Cowboys aren't going to re-sign Leary, but he's one of the top interior linemen available. Leary had solid pass protection ratings at PFF and is a road-grader in the run game. He should draw heavy interest from teams in zone schemes. The Cowboys are moving forward with La’El Collins at left guard.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 3 - 6:31 PM

The Cowboys could move on from free agent CB Morris Claiborne.

Claiborne had a standout 2016 before sitting out the final nine games of the regular season. He returned for the Divisional Round, but was knocked out with another injury. Claiborne has never played a full season, missing 26 games the last three years. Still, Claiborne just turned 27, plays a premium position, and put standout play on 2016 tape. He should get paid well in free agency.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Feb 3 - 6:07 PM


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