Player News - Cowboys

Date: Team: Pos:

Cowboys re-signed QB Kellen Moore.

With Tony Romo de facto out the door, Moore is temporarily the No. 2. Too physically slight to be a legitimate backup, Moore should eventually be jumped by a free agent signing or draft pick.
Mar 20 - 1:19 PM

Appearing on The Rich Eisen Show, Sports Illustrated's Peter King said he believes the Cowboys are "willing to wait" on Tony Romo.

It's somewhat stunning that Romo hasn't been released yet, but as King notes, there's no urgency to move him with OTAs still over four weeks away. The Broncos don't seem to be taking the bait, so for now it looks like the Cowboys are trying to goad the Texans into making a trade. King also mentioned that Romo turned down a "very good job" three weeks ago. While King didn't explicitly say what it was, he strongly hinted the offer was for a job in television. It could be a while before this situation resolves itself.
Mar 19 - 12:16 PM

Cowboys LE Tyrone Crawford (shoulder) is questionable for OTAs.

Crawford is still regaining strength in his surgically-repaired shoulder. The Cowboys haven't put a timetable on his return, but he's expected to be cleared for training camp. Crawford could see more snaps inside this year given his pass rush struggles. He's entering the third season of a six-year, $45.675 million deal.
Mar 18 - 3:07 PM

Cowboys re-signed RB Darren McFadden to a one-year, $980,000 contract.

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports McFadden "had interest from elsewhere," but no visits or supposedly-interested teams leaked. McFadden missed most of 2016 as he recovered from a mysterious, freak arm injury. He rushed the ball 24 times for 87 yards (3.6 YPC) following his Week 15 return. McFadden has a decent all-around game, while his downhill style plays well behind Dallas' dominant line. Going on 30, he's a nice piece to have behind budding superstar Ezekiel Elliott.
Mar 16 - 2:25 PM

Profootballtalk believes the NFL could take Ezekiel Elliott's St. Patrick's Day parade video into account as it mulls whether to punish him for his alleged domestic violence incidents.

Elliott was caught on video exposing a woman's breast. The incident, while boorish and misogynistic, seems unlikely to have any real effect on the league's never-ending investigation. Elliott has insisted he's innocent in the domestic violence case, while law enforcement declined to press charges.
Mar 16 - 1:31 PM

Cowboys TE Geoff Swaim underwent foot surgery this week and will be sidelined until training camp.

Swaim injured his foot in informal workouts at the Cowboys' facility this week. A blocking tight end, Swaim's 2016 was cut short with a pectoral injury.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 16 - 11:09 AM

Cowboys re-signed OG Jonathan Cooper to a one-year contract.

Cut by the Patriots and Browns last season, Cooper signed with the Cowboys in January. In a best-case scenario, he'd develop as a replacement for Ronald Leary. In a worst-case scenario, he'd be cut loose in the early days of training camp. Cooper has provided very little reason for hope in four NFL seasons.
Mar 14 - 4:18 PM

Speaking Monday, Broncos coach Vance Joseph said the team hasn't had "one meeting" about Cowboys QB Tony Romo.

The Cowboys are desperately trying to trade Romo, but the Broncos seem content to wait them out. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram predicted Monday the Cowboys won't find a trade partner for their former franchise quarterback. It's becoming a matter of when, not if, Romo is granted his release.
Mar 13 - 2:37 PM

Charean Williams of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram does not believe the Cowboys will be able to trade Tony Romo.

Williams writes, "Everyone has called their bluff." Dallas has held onto Romo in the hopes of forcing the Broncos or Texans to give up a pick. Denver has made it very clear they are not going to trade for him, however, and the Texans are not likely to give up more draft capital after trading a second-round pick to free up cap space for a potential run at the quarterback. As has been the case all along, the Cowboys will likely end up cutting Romo. The only question is when.
Mar 13 - 11:01 AM

John McClain of the Houston Chronicle believes the Texans will still draft a quarterback even if they bring in Tony Romo.

Houston is well-positioned for Romo after dumping Brock Osweiler last week. But at 37 (in April), Romo is a two-year stopgap at best. The Texans own the 25th pick in the draft, which means they'd have to trade up to land either North Carolina's Mitch Trubisky or Clemson's Deshaun Watson. Notre Dame's DeShone Kizer and Texas Tech's Patrick Mahomes could be available if the Texans stand pat at No. 25. Tom Savage is currently atop Houston's quarterback depth chart, but it would be an upset if he's the Texans' Week 1 starter.
Mar 12 - 11:55 AM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram considers Jeff Heath a leading candidate to start at strong safety in 2017.

The Cowboys' secondary will have a new look following the departures of Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox. While Heath is considered the favorite to succeed Church, he'll face competition from Kavon Frazier and potentially a rookie if the Cowboys address safety in the draft. Heath has spent the majority of his career as a special teamer, though he does have four career interceptions.
Mar 12 - 9:56 AM

Cowboys OT Chaz Green is a candidate to replace Doug Free.

A 2015 third rounder, Green has missed most the last two seasons to injuries. With La'El Collins expected to stay at guard, he's the in-house favorite to start at right tackle. Green has flashed when healthy, but is a major question mark coming off back surgery. Green isn't a lock to be ready for OTAs.
Mar 11 - 2:10 PM

ESPN's Todd Archer said the Cowboys would "ideally" like to keep La'El Collins at guard.

Collins was expected to replace Ronald Leary at left guard, where he began last season before going down with a toe injury. The retirement of RT Doug Free throws his future position into question, however. Dallas could have Chaz Green to take over at right tackle, but he has missed most of his first two years in the league due to injury. It is odd to say, but the Cowboys have some serious questions along the offensive line.
Mar 11 - 2:02 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports "it would be a major upset" if the Cowboys are able to find a trade partner for Tony Romo.

Dallas is holding Romo in hopes of getting the Broncos or Texans to give up a pick, but it does not seem like that is going to happen. The Broncos have leaked several reports trying to convince the Cowboys they are not interested, and the Texans do not seem prepared to give up anything in a trade either. Schefter believes the Cowboys will eventually be forced to release Romo.
Mar 11 - 1:47 PM

Doug Free announced his retirement from the NFL after 10 seasons.

This comes only a week after coach Jason Garrett insisted Free would be back for another season. The 33-year-old was a fixture in Dallas for the past decade, starting every game he played since 2010. Perhaps the Cowboys would have approached free agency differently if they knew Free was going to hang up his cleats. Certainly they would have made a more concerted effort to re-sign Ronald Leary, who just put pen to paper on a long-term deal with Denver. The Cowboys' line is still one of the league's strongest, but Free's absence will be felt.
Mar 11 - 1:44 PM


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