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ESPN Cowboys reporter Todd Archer ultimately expects Dallas to release Tony Romo this offseason.

While trading Romo is the Cowboys' "No. 1 priority," according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, it could be difficult for Dallas to find the compensation it desires when teams already know the Cowboys don't want him. Archer expects there to be "too many hoops to jump through" to pull off a trade, and the biggest one in particular will be how to swallow the massive $24.7 million cap hit. By designating Romo as a post-June 1 cut, the Cowboys could spread the cap hit out over the next two years and clear $14 million in 2017, allowing them resources to upgrade the defense.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 8:06 PM

Jerry Jones said he has yet to decide what to do with Tony Romo this offseason.

"There's only one that can make that decision, and there's been no decision made," Jones said. "Don't think for one minute if you see something written or something said about what and where Romo is going to be, relative to our team, that there's any credibility to it." While he may be technically telling the truth that a final decision has yet to be made, there is almost zero chance Romo is back with the Cowboys next year. How he leaves and where he goes are the only real questions remaining.
Jan 17 - 11:18 AM

Impending free agent LG Ronald Leary said it was "exciting to be able to play ball again" down the stretch this season.

Leary was limited to four starts last season and opened this season on the bench behind La’el Collins, but an injury to Collins allowed him to start 13 games including the Divisional Round loss to the Packers. "Going into the season I didn’t think I was going to be playing at all," Leary said. "So I’m glad I was able to remind people I could play ball." The Cowboys are unlikely to re-sign Leary with Collins waiting in the wings, but he should have no shortage of suitors on the open market.
Jan 16 - 10:56 PM

Impending free agent CB Brandon Carr said he will consider retirement this offseason.

Carr made the statement after the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers. Only 30, this is likely just a player venting some frustration in an emotional moment, but it at least is worth noting. Carr did not live up to his contract in Dallas, but he has been a solid, reliable starter. He will receive plenty of interest in free agency if he decides to keep playing.
Jan 16 - 10:38 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports trading Tony Romo is the Cowboys' "No 1. priority this offseason."

"We know he's not going to be on the Cowboys in 2017," Rapoport said confidently about Romo. He again said Romo would like to land with the Broncos, but added Denver does not "seem inclined to make that move." With it all but decided Romo will be playing elsewhere next season, the only questions remaining are where he ends up and how he gets there. Those questions should dominate the discussion this offseason.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 16 - 6:29 PM

Cowboys signed TE Connor Hamlett, CB Jeremiah McKinnon, CB Duke Thomas, LS Zach Wood, RB Rod Smith, DB Jameill Showers, CB Sammy Seamster, DE Lenny Jones, LB Jeremiah George, WR Shaq Evans, OG Kadeem Edwards, and OG Klay DeBord to a reserve/future contract.

They are mostly practice squad players. Hamlett is a former undrafted free agent out of Oregon State. He caught a 17-yard touchdown in Week 5 against the Patriots.
Jan 16 - 4:47 PM

Terrance Williams secured four-of-six targets for 68 yards Sunday in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.

Williams gave the Cowboys a spark by catching a couple deep passes but also committed an inexcusable drop in the first half on a play where he was wide open. Sunday capped a disappointing contract year for the 27-year-old. Even with Dez Bryant injured early in the season, T-Will could only muster 44 catches for a career-low 594 yards and four touchdowns. If he returns to Big D, he’d be no better than the Cowboys’ No. 4 receiving option behind Bryant, Cole Beasley and Jason Witten.
Jan 15 - 10:02 PM

Jason Witten absorbed six-of-nine targets for 59 yards and a touchdown Sunday in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.

Witten was the victim of an egregious missed call in the first half. Packers LB Joe Thomas clearly interfered with him on a throw to the end zone but the referees dismissed it as incidental contact. Witten made up for the missed opportunity by reeling in a six-yard touchdown strike from Dak Prescott early in the fourth quarter. It was Witten’s first touchdown in eight career postseason games. Witten, as many of you have no doubt discovered, isn’t the fleetest of foot. But he still has a great set of hands and should maintain his role as Prescott’s safety valve in 2017.
Jan 15 - 10:01 PM

Cole Beasley contributed four catches for 45 yards on six targets Sunday in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.

Beasley didn’t do anything out of the ordinary on Sunday and mostly took a backseat to Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Notably, he was the targeted receiver on Dak Prescott’s only interception of the game. That came on a screen pass early in the third quarter. The 27-year-old had by far his best season in 2016, leading the Cowboys with a career-high 75 catches for 833 yards. With that said, Beasley’s production dipped dramatically in the second half and he won’t be worth drafting as anything more than a late-round flyer in fantasy next summer.
Jan 15 - 9:59 PM

Ezekiel Elliott tallied 125 yards on 22 carries and caught his only target for a loss of two yards Sunday in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.

Elliott couldn’t have played much better in his first taste of the postseason. Even with Dallas in catch-up mode for most of the second half (and a good chunk of the first half if we’re being honest), Elliott still made his presence felt. Just as he has all season, Zeke rode the Cowboys’ monster offensive line, shooting through gaps with his signature 4.47 speed. He went berserk in the second half, gashing Green Bay for 81 yards on 12 carries after halftime. The Packers feature one of the league’s better run defenses, but that didn’t faze Zeke in the slightest. He averaged an impressive 141 yards per game in his two meetings with Green Bay this season. Elliott had one of the best rookie seasons of all-time this year and will enter 2017 as a legitimate MVP candidate.
Jan 15 - 9:11 PM

Dak Prescott completed 24-of-38 passes for 302 yards with three touchdowns and one interception while adding 13 yards on two carries Sunday in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.

Prescott made one rookie mistake on Sunday—Micah Hyde intercepted his errant screen pass to Cole Beasley in the third quarter. But aside from the pick, Prescott was as poised as any rookie quarterback we’ve seen in the postseason. He put Dallas on his back in the second half, chipping away at the Packers’ 18-point lead and eventually tying the game on a gutsy two-point conversion. Dak had his most success throwing to Dez Bryant, who snared nine-of-12 targets for two touchdowns and a season-high 132 yards. Both of Prescott's carries resulted in third-down conversions. The Cowboys’ decision to spike the ball on first down with under a minute remaining will be hotly debated, but ultimately that wasn’t Dak’s call. Prescott had an impossibly good rookie season, ousting mainstay Tony Romo from his pedestal as the team’s franchise quarterback. There’s no reason to think he’ll slow down anytime soon.
Jan 15 - 8:57 PM

Dez Bryant nabbed nine-of-12 targets for a season-high 132 yards and two touchdowns Sunday in the Cowboys' Divisional Round loss to the Packers.

The Cowboys couldn’t fend off Green Bay in the most dramatic game we’ve seen in ages, but Bryant did everything that was asked of him and then some on Sunday. Dallas looked lethargic out of the gate but Bryant changed the momentum quickly by dusting Ladarius Gunter for a 40-yard touchdown late in the first half. Bryant wasn’t done victimizing Gunter, beating him again for a seven-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Dez got off to a relatively slow start this year while battling injuries but finished strong with seven touchdowns over his last eight games. The 28-year-old has re-established himself as an elite WR1 in fantasy.
Jan 15 - 8:54 PM

Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne left Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Packers with a bruised rib.

Claiborne injured himself in a collision with one of his teammates early in the third quarter and never returned. He logged four tackles before exiting. Sunday was Claiborne's first game back after missing the final nine games of the regular season with a groin injury. He should be fine for the offseason program, but it is a disappointing end to what started out as a stellar contract year. Unable to stay healthy, Claiborne will likely have to settle for another prove-it deal in free agency.
Jan 15 - 6:56 PM

Cowboys LT Tyron Smith (knee) is active for Sunday's Divisional Round game against the Packers.

So are Morris Claiborne (groin), Tyrone Crawford (shoulder), Justin Durant (elbow), Demarcus Lawrence (back), Terrell McClain (ankle) and Cedric Thornton (ankle). DT Richard Ash, G Jonathan Cooper, CB Leon McFadden, RB Alfred Morris, LB Mark Nzeocha and QB Mark Sanchez round out the Cowboys' inactives for Sunday's Divisional Round matchup.
Jan 15 - 3:23 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Broncos are Tony Romo's "No. 1 spot."

With Dak Prescott staking his claim to the starting job in Dallas, the Cowboys will certainly look to shop Romo this offseason. Denver would be his preferred destination, though according to Rapoport, the Broncos aren't "inclined" to trade for him. Other potential fits include the Cardinals, Jets and Texans. Rapoport is hearing from league executives that the Cowboys could hold onto Romo until a major injury arises and shop him to the quarterback-desperate team. Either way, the Cowboys should be able to fetch a first- or second-round pick for Romo.
Jan 15 - 2:19 PM


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