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ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer views impending free-agent RT Doug Free as a "must-keep."

Archer called Free the "leader of the room" and believes he is "better than people think." Cowboys VP Stephen Jones has made it clear the team wants to keep one of Free and impending free-agent RT Jermey Parnell on the roster for 2015. Parnell will likely be the cheaper option, and that could be important for a team looking to re-sign both Dez Bryant and DeMarco Murray. Both Free and Parnell were above-average players in 2014.
Source: ESPN
Jan 24 - 1:32 PM

Cowboys signed DE LaVar Edwards to a reserve/future contract.

Edwards was acquired for a conditional seventh-round pick prior to the season. He appeared in just four games and was placed on I.R. in December. The Cowboys also signed S Keelan Johnson to a futures deal.
Jan 23 - 8:19 PM

Cowboys VP Stephen Jones said the team hopes to keep one of free agent tackles Doug Free and Jermey Parnell.

Free opened the season as the starting right tackle and performed very well before going down with a foot injury. Parnell stepped in and the Cowboys' dominant offensive line stayed strong, even when Free aggravated the injury in Week 15. We've ranked Free as our No. 3 free agent tackle and Parnell at No. 9.
Jan 22 - 11:17 AM

Already recovering from a ruptured left patellar tendon, Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne underwent a right knee scope a "few weeks ago."

Headed into a make-or-break year for his NFL career, Claiborne will be recovering from surgeries to both knees. The patellar tendon is the (far) more serious issue, but the scope could complicate, or at least slow, his recovery. Owner/GM Jerry Jones has said he believes Claiborne deserves to have his fifth-year team option picked up, but we'd consider it extremely unlikely.
Jan 20 - 5:50 PM

The Cowboys are expected to decline DT Henry Melton's three-year team option, making him a free agent.

Melton would receive a three-year, $24 million deal were he to remain on the Cowboys' roster for the first day of the new league year, but he's fully expected to be sent to the open market. It's possible he'll end up back in Big D on a revamped deal after notching five sacks in just 433 snaps this season. Melton will be two years removed from tearing his ACL next fall.
Jan 20 - 5:47 PM

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones believes CB Morris Claiborne has "done enough" to justify picking up his fifth-year team option for 2016.

It's a decision the Cowboys must make this spring. We'll go ahead and disagree with 'ol Jer's assessment. Claiborne has been an injury-prone disaster through the first three years of his NFL career. Since Claiborne was a top-10 pick, his option year would cost the price of the transition tag for cornerbacks, which is expected to be roughly $11 million. There's zero chance the Cowboys will gamble Claiborne will end up being worth that for 2016, especially since he's recovering from a torn patellar tendon. Claiborne is due $2.6 million in the final year of his rookie contract.
Jan 20 - 2:27 PM

The Cowboys intend to retain restricted free agent WR Cole Beasley.

A second-round tender would ensure Beasley remains in Dallas, but it makes more sense for both sides to hash out a longer-term deal. Either way, Beasley will likely be back for another season as Tony Romo's slot receiver. Beasley had 37 targets in Dallas' final seven games of 2015, including 11 in the playoffs.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Jan 17 - 12:36 PM

The Dallas Morning News' Jon Machota believes Joseph Randle will be the Cowboys' starting running back in 2015.

The obvious implication is Machota believes free agent DeMarco Murray will not be back. Owner Jerry Jones said it would be a "challenge" to re-sign both Murray and Dez Bryant, and given the choice Dallas will almost certainly pick Bryant. An aging running back with a long list of injuries, Murray should be after as much guaranteed money as possible this offseason.
Jan 17 - 10:12 AM

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones admits CB Brandon Carr is a candidate for release.

Carr has been a towering bust since signing a five-year, $50.1 million deal in March 2012, and is set to count $12.7 million against the cap next season. "One thing that we just got to do is we’ve got to make sure that every way we can, we get the value for the money," Jones said. The Cowboys could clear $8 million in cap space by designating Carr as a post-June 1 cut.
Jan 15 - 8:31 PM

Cowboys signed OG Ryan Miller and OT R.J. Dill to reserve/future contracts.

A 2012 fifth-round pick of the Browns, Miller's career has been derailed by concussions. He's made eight appearances, each of which came in 2012 for Cleveland. He'll be a long-shot for the Cowboys' 53-man roster, and a candidate for retirement.
Jan 15 - 6:27 PM

Cowboys owner/GM Jerry Jones acknowledged it would be a "challenge" to re-sign both DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant for 2015.

Since Bryant is widely expected to remain in Dallas either via the franchise tag or a long-term deal, that makes Murray the odd man out. Murray put the Cowboys on his back in 2014, but has a long injury history, and turns 27 next month. Those are two strikes against a running back, though the situation is obviously different in Murray's case since he just led the league in rushing. Murray will likely reach free agency, but could end up back in Dallas if he doesn't like what he hears on the open market.
Jan 15 - 4:57 PM

Cowboys RE Jeremy Mincey underwent surgery to remove bone fragments from his arm on Wednesday.

It's not an operation that should affect Mincey's status for the offseason program. Now 31, Mincey's six sacks led the Cowboys this season. Due a bargain-basement $1.5 million, he'll be back for 2015.
Jan 15 - 3:04 PM

Cowboys reached an agreement on a three-year contract with passing game coordinator and play-caller Scott Linehan, making him their offensive coordinator.

Linehan had a monster impact on the Cowboys' offense in his first season, ditching a pass-happy reputation in favor of an unwavering commitment to the run game. Dallas led the NFL in time of possession, DeMarco Murray won the rushing title with 1,845 yards, Tony Romo led the NFL in passer rating (113.2) and the team easily won the NFC East at 12-4. Locking up head coach Jason Garrett along with Linehan ensures continuity in an offense that will be effective in 2015 even if free agent DeMarco Murray walks.
Jan 15 - 8:56 AM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Cowboys have had a four-year deal worth "more than" $16 million on the table for impending free agent DeMarco Murray.

As former Rotoworlder Chris Wesseling put it, no wonder Murray hasn't signed. Even in a depressed running back market, that's chump change for a runner who took the league by storm in 2014, putting the Cowboys on his back in the process. At bare minimum, Murray will likely want $16 million guaranteed, not total. Adrian Peterson, LeSean McCoy and Arian Foster have all broken the $20 million guaranteed threshold in recent seasons, but it's been a fairly-hard ceiling for running backs.
Jan 13 - 7:12 PM

Cowboys signed coach Jason Garrett to a five-year, $30 million contract.

The financials are courtesy of DallasCowboys.com's Nick Eatman. It's a nice chunk of change for a coach who entered 2014 with a 29-27 career record, but does not put Garrett amongst the league's highest-paid coaches. Garrett wisely didn't overplay his hand in talks. Stripped of all consequential game-day duties, Garrett excelled in a caretaker role in 2014, leading Dallas to its first playoff appearance since 2009-10. Garrett is far from an Xs and Os master, but is valued for his leadership in Dallas, and avoids stepping on owner/GM Jerry Jones' toes. Garrett is a steady hand comfortable with letting 'ol Jer soak up the spotlight.
Jan 13 - 5:38 PM


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