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ESPN Dallas' Todd Archer believes the chances are "very good" that the Cowboys release CB Brandon Carr if he refuses a pay cut.

Carr is due an $8 million salary and scheduled to count $12.7 million against the cap in the third year of a five-year, $50.1 million contract. The Cowboys can clear $8 million in cap space this season by making him a post-June 1 cut.
Source: ESPN Dallas
Mar 27 - 9:39 AM

When asked about CB Brandon Carr, Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones said, "I fully expect Brandon to be a part of our team next year."

Carr's agent has been adamant that his client will not accept a pay cut. After signing Greg Hardy, the Cowboys have minimal cap space. Only the Saints have less room to work with. If the Cowboys don't release Carr, they may have to restructure Tony Romo's deal to clear space for rookie contracts.
Mar 25 - 9:36 AM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones believes it's "realistic" that the team will reach a long-term deal with franchise player Dez Bryant before the July 15 deadline.

However, Jones hinted the Cowboys may wait to see what kind of pacts Julio Jones, Demaryius Thomas and A.J. Green sign before committing long-term bucks to Bryant. Thomas is a fellow franchise player, while Jones and Green are going into the final years of their rookie contracts. The Falcons have called a Jones deal a priority, though the Bengals have hinted they'll franchise Green in 2016.
Mar 24 - 5:16 PM

Cowboys executive VP Stephen Jones confirms Sean Lee will be moving to weak-side linebacker in 2015.

Asked if the position change was more about Lee's skill-set or reducing injury risk, Jones replied "both." Lee has spent his entire career in the middle, and been a dynamo when healthy. The problem, of course, is that he's rarely healthy, missing 31 games over the past three years. Lee would drop back into coverage more as the "will," and face off less with bruising defensive linemen.
Mar 24 - 4:16 PM

Coach Jason Garrett said the Cowboys' run-first approach last season "was a good style of football for us" and something the team "will try to continue to do."

The Cowboys secured their first playoff appearance in five years last season behind one of the best offensive lines in football. Of course, ground and pound is a lot easier when you have DeMarco Murray carrying the ball, a luxury Dallas lost when Murray defected to Philadelphia two weeks ago. Darren McFadden is currently atop the depth chart, but trying to execute a physical run game with him is laughable. We suspect the Cowboys will be looking for RB help in the draft, possibly in the form of Georgia's Todd Gurley or Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 24 - 11:15 AM

Cowboys re-signed DT Nick Hayden.

Hayden started all 16 games last season, but was among the league's least-effective defensive tackles. He graded out dead last in Pro Football Focus' ratings, getting whipped by the run while generating zero pass rush. Hayden's spot on the 53-man roster won't be assured.
Mar 19 - 7:43 PM

New Cowboys RE Greg Hardy's one-year contract has a base value of $11.3 million, but $9.25 million is tied up in per-game roster bonuses.

The Cowboys protected themselves against Hardy spending more time on the Commissioner's Exempt List by making his base salary ($750,000) as low as possible. Per-game roster bonuses are self-explanatory; if Hardy isn't playing in games he won't be getting that money. Hardy can earn over $1.3 million just by reporting to offseason workouts. He can get another $1.8044 million through incentives based on sacks. This was a smartly-structured contract by the Cowboys. No portion of the deal is guaranteed.
Mar 18 - 7:31 PM

Cowboys signed DE Greg Hardy, formerly of the Panthers, to a one-year, $11.3 million contract.

The 2014 Cowboys finished 28th in sacks. Hardy recorded 27 sacks from 2012-2013 before sitting out all but one game last season on the Commissioner's Exempt List. He'll be a "closer" for the Cowboys, who got pressure on quarterbacks last season but couldn't finish the job. Expect Hardy to slide in at right end, with Demarcus Lawrence opposite him. Hardy is a three-down player, though he may be looking at a short suspension to start the season.
Mar 18 - 3:44 PM

PFT's Mike Florio reports the Bucs have "lost interest" in free agent DE Greg Hardy.

It appears Hardy will join the Cowboys as long as no other team joins the mix. Hardy has been in Dallas the past two days and took a physical for the team Wednesday morning. We suspect Hardy was using the Bucs, a team he had yet to even visit, as leverage to squeeze more money out of Jerry Jones.
Mar 18 - 1:34 PM

Free agent DE Greg Hardy will sign with either the Bucs or Cowboys on Wednesday.

That comes straight from Hardy's agent, Drew Rosenhaus. Hardy remains in Dallas after visiting the Cowboys on Tuesday and is taking a physical for the team this morning. He hasn't taken a trip to Tampa, so it's possible he's using the Bucs as leverage against the Cowboys. Dallas is the clear leader for the 26-year-old. Hardy is a premier sack master and is equally elite in run defense.
Mar 18 - 8:51 AM

The Dallas Morning News confirms the Cowboys could have an agreement with free agent Greg Hardy by Wednesday.

Hardy had dinner with Cowboys coaches on Tuesday evening, and will take a physical on Wednesday. It's doubtful things would have progressed this far if both sides weren't confident they could make the numbers work. The only other team that appears to be in the running for Hardy's services is the Bucs.
Mar 17 - 10:59 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Bucs will "not go away quietly" on free agent Greg Hardy.

Schefter had previously indicated that Tampa and Seattle had fallen out of the running for the market's top pass rusher, but the Bucs evidently don't want to be counted out. Schefter has called Dallas the "undisputed favorite" for Hardy's services, while the Cowboys' official website published a Tuesday article indicating a deal is imminent.
Mar 17 - 7:32 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Dallas is the "undisputed favorite" for free agent Greg Hardy.

Schefter says to "forget about Seattle and Tampa Bay being involved." For their part, the Cowboys say Hardy spent "most of the day" at team facilities on Tuesday, and that a deal could be struck as early as Wednesday. Hardy is having dinner with Cowboys coaches on Tuesday evening, and will stay overnight in Dallas.
Mar 17 - 6:54 PM

Free agent Greg Hardy will visit the Seahawks after his meeting with Dallas.

After hearing crickets for almost a week, Hardy's market is finally coming to life. Hardy will visit the Cowboys Tuesday and if that doesn't end with him signing on the dotted line, he'll head to the Pacific Northwest for a meeting with the NFC champs. Hardy has also scheduled a visit with Tampa Bay. Whatever team signs Hardy is sure to get some negative publicity, but his talent may outweigh the risk.
Mar 17 - 11:50 AM

Free agent Greg Hardy is visiting the Cowboys.

Character concerns aside, Hardy is undoubtedly the most talented player left in free agency. Dallas has been quiet this offseason, but this would be a game changer. Hardy was an absolute monster before spending most of last season on the exempt list. He would represent a very obvious upgrade at defensive end as no Cowboy recorded more than six sacks in 2014.
Mar 17 - 11:19 AM


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