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Cowboys signed CB Orlando Scandrick to a one-year, $9.5 million contract extension through 2019.

See, holding out does work sometimes. The total value of Scandrick's new five-year deal is worth $20 million. Scandrick skipped voluntary workouts earlier this offseason before reporting to the team this week. He was already under contract through 2018, but was scheduled to earn just $1.5 million this season and $3 million in each of 2016-2018. With Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne on the roster bubble, keeping Scandrick happy was a necessity for Dallas.
May 22 - 9:39 AM

Cowboys signed second-round DE Randy Gregory to a four-year contract.

The Cowboys had quite a haul when the draft process was all said and done, coming away with arguably three first-round talents in CB Byron Jones (No. 27 overall), Gregory (No. 60), and G/T La'El Collins (UDFA). Talent-wise, Gregory may be the most-gifted edge rusher in the class. But thanks to off-field concerns, Gregory slipped into Day 2. He'll help rush the passer likely off the weak side.
May 20 - 1:44 PM

Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick will report to team workouts Monday at Valley Ranch.

He's been holding out for a new contract and it looks like the two sides should have a new deal in place by the end of the week. Scandrick is likely headed for a big raise. The 28-year-old finished tenth out of 108 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' 2014 cornerback ratings.
Source: ESPN.com
May 17 - 12:45 PM

Cowboys signed seventh-round TE Geoff Swaim to a four-year contract.

Swaim wasn't featured on offense during his two years at Texas, catching just 13 passes for 84 yards and one touchdown. He showed athletic upside at his Pro Day, running a 4.71 forty with a 10-foot-4 broad jump and 35 1/2-inch vertical. Swaim could be a practice squad candidate in Dallas, where he'll be developed behind Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar.
May 15 - 8:05 PM

Cowboys signed seventh-round OT Laurence Gibson to a four-year contract.

Gibson is an intriguing prospect with starting-caliber athleticism and size, but his roster chances in Dallas took a fairly significant blow when La'El Collins signed with the Cowboys after the draft. Ideally, the Cowboys would stash Gibson on their 2015 practice squad and bring him back to camp in 2016.
May 15 - 2:12 PM

The Dallas Morning News expects Cowboys DT Tyrone Crawford to earn "a big pay day."

Crawford is entering the final year of his rookie deal and coming off a breakout 2014 season after seeing his 2013 campaign lost to a torn Achilles'. A 'tweener to begin his career, Crawford settled in as the Cowboys' starting three-technique and graded out as PFF's No. 13 defensive tackle. He racked up 45 combined sacks, hits, and hurries and should see an uptick in snaps this year.
May 15 - 10:12 AM

According to G/T La'El Collins' agent, the Rams were prepared to select Collins with one of their two seventh-round picks before ultimately passing on him.

"We were praying he didn’t get picked," agent Mike McCartney said. "There was a team that had drafted four offensive linemen," fellow agent Gene Smith added, "and they said, ‘We’re taking him.’ And I texted back, ‘You’re going to embarrass yourself. You’re going to waste this pick.’" The Rams foolishly passed and instead used their seventh-rounders on DE Martin Ifedi and LB Bryce Hager, two players who face long odds of making the 53-man roster or ever contributing in the NFL.
May 15 - 8:58 AM

Cowboys signed S Danny McCray.

A Cowboy from 2010-13, McCray spent 2014 with the Bears. He'll try to make the team as a deep reserve and special teamer. McCray played just 170 snaps on defense for Chicago last season.
May 14 - 4:59 PM

Tony Romo will participate in the offseason program much more this year.

Romo's offseason work was limited the last two years by back surgeries. Now he's as healthy as he's been in recent memory even though he turned 35 in April. That's good news for the Cowboys, who may have to rely on Romo for more volume now that DeMarco Murray is gone. Romo was wildly efficient last year, finishing as fantasy's No. 11 QB despite ranking 23rd in pass attempts.
May 14 - 9:51 AM

The Cowboys will move Demarcus Lawrence to left defensive end this season.

The move is being made to accommodate Randy Gregory and Greg Hardy, who are both natural right ends. "I feel like I get off way better on my left side, keeping my right hand down," Lawrence said. The 34th overall pick in the 2014 draft, Lawrence is a sophomore breakout candidate and is worth targeting in IDP leagues. After missing much of his rookie regular season with a broken foot, Lawrence notched two sacks and a forced fumble in two playoff games.
May 13 - 8:41 PM

The Cowboys are still trying to lower LCB Brandon Carr's cap number.

"We’re evaluating, looking to the extent that we can make contractual adjustments that would fit," said owner Jerry Jones. "And help us under the cap, we want to try to do that with him." Carr is currently owed an $8 million base salary and counts more than $12 million against the salary cap. After Dallas drafted Byron Jones in the first round, it's possible Carr will end up a post-June 1 cut.
May 13 - 8:38 PM

CB Orlando Scandrick is in Dallas meeting with the Cowboys about his contract.

Scandrick is staying away from offseason workouts to protest his current contract, which is set to pay him $1.5 million in 2015. He has a case for a raise, as he was one of the league's top corners last year and a major key to Dallas' shockingly-competent defensive performance. The Cowboys' willingness to meet with Scandrick suggests some kind of raise is coming.
May 12 - 11:55 AM

The Cowboys want an off-field structure designed to limit risk in Dez Bryant's next contract.

Unless the two sides can agree to a deal by July 15, Bryant will play out the season on the franchise tag. We know that if the contract was just about on-field play, it would be easy as Dez is undoubtedly deserving of top-three wideout money (around $40M guaranteed). But ESPN Dallas says the Cowboys want insurance that they won't be stuck paying Dez gargantuan sums if he's suspended a la Adrian Peterson or Greg Hardy last season. It's understandable, but also worth noting that Dez hasn't had any off-field issues since family violence charges back in the summer of 2012.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 12 - 9:24 AM

The Cowboys are expected to start Anthony Hitchens at strong-side linebacker this season.

A 2014 fourth-round pick, Hitchens dabbled at all three linebacker positions last year, earning positive PFF grades in run defense but very poor marks in pass coverage. As the Cowboys' Sam 'backer, Hitchens would likely leave the field on passing downs, with WLB Sean Lee and MLB Rolando McClain staying in.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 10 - 2:09 PM

ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer predicts Joseph Randle will handle the "bulk" of the carries in the Cowboys' 2015 backfield.

Archer made the "bold prediction" that Randle will rush for 1,200 yards. Archer does acknowledge the Cowboys are committed to a "committee" approach, and "(doesn't) think you will see a guy come close to 300 carries." Archer envisions Randle as "better fit for the scheme" than Darren McFadden, and says Randle "should be the guy." Ryan Williams and Lance Dunbar are also in the mix.
Source: ESPN Dallas
May 10 - 2:05 PM


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