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Speaking Thursday, free agent DeMarco Murray laughed off the idea that his monster 2014 was solely the product of the Cowboys' offensive line.

"I would like to see how it goes," Murray said of the Cowboys letting him walk and simply plugging another back in. "I know what I bring to the table." Murray's line was indeed dominant, but he's averaged at least 4.7 yards per carry in three of his four NFL seasons. He's an elite runner, one who won't be easily replaced if he walks, no matter how dominant Dallas' line is.
Jan 29 - 7:47 PM

Free agent DeMarco Murray says he hasn't started thinking about his contract yet, but left open the possibility that he won't be back with the Cowboys.

"You never know what’s going to happen, we’ll see what happens," Murray said in a radio interview. "But all you can do is hope for the best." The early signs suggest Murray will be allowed to walk, but owner/GM Jerry Jones has always been extremely reluctant to part with home-grown talent.
Jan 29 - 2:16 PM

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram says there's a "real good chance" the Cowboys won't tender restricted free agent RB Lance Dunbar.

It would cost the Cowboys only $1.575M to tender Dunbar at the lowest level. That may be too much to pay for a satellite back that touched the ball 2.9 times per game in 2014. The Cowboys appear to be higher on a now-healthy Ryan Williams.
Jan 29 - 12:15 PM

Ryan Williams' two-year contract with the Cowboys includes a $240K signing bonus and an average salary of $750K for 2015 and 2016.

It's a nice chunk of change for a running back who has appeared in just five NFL games since 2011. It speaks to Williams' talent, as Dallas made it a priority to keep him in the mix as DeMarco Murray preps for free agency. Williams, finally healthy after myriad knee and shoulder issues, should be monitored closely this offseason. The Star-Telegram says there's a "good chance" RFA Lance Dunbar won't be tendered.
Jan 29 - 12:02 PM

The Dallas Morning News names WLB Sean Lee's contract one of the three worst on the team.

It's hard to disagree. Lee inked a seven-year, $42 million deal in August 2013 and has appeared in just 11-of-32 regular-season games because of various injuries in 2013 and a torn ACL in 2014. When on the field, Lee was worth the money. But he's no longer expected to man the middle for the Cowboys, and will instead shift to the weak side in DC Rod Marinelli's scheme. The Cowboys will hope to bring back impending free agent MLB Rolando McClain. Cutting Lee isn't an option, as the Cowboys would take on a $9 million-plus dead money hit.
Jan 28 - 9:49 AM

According to ESPN Dallas, there are people within the Cowboys who believe Joseph Randle can be a 1,400-yard rusher.

Those people are likely sharing a drink with Jerry Jones, who always looks at his players with rose-colored glasses. Randle is a decent back who averaged a whopping 6.73 YPC on his 51 carries in 2014, but he's nowhere near DeMarco Murray's skill level. There are also questions about Randle as a receiver and in pass pro. Still, he's a name to monitor closely (along with Ryan Williams and Lance Dunbar) as we wait to see if DeMarco bolts in free agency.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 27 - 12:39 PM

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


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