The Valley Ranch Review: Coach Joe DeCamillis Could Return Soon; Chris McAlister Anyone?

Special teams coach Joe DeCamillis may be able to return to light work within weeks.

"He should be able to go back to light desk type work in a couple of weeks," Dr. Barnett said. "He won't be able to drive for a while, should be out and about walking in a week or two, should be able to go back to work within a month to six weeks."

The Sporting News is trying to find homes for some big-name NFL veterans. Albert Breer thinks that free agent CB Chris McAlister would be an ideal fit for the Cowboys.

The situation: McAlister, 31, is rehabbing from arthroscopic knee surgery in Los Angeles and is expected to be cleared for all football activities by late June. He'd like to stay near his native California. The Seahawks and Chargers have shown interest, as have the Cowboys, who intrigue McAlister very much.

Scout's take: "He's got a lot of tread on the tire. Watching him last year, he's without question a big injury risk. Athletically, while he still has the instincts, the drop-off in long speed and explosiveness were noticeable. He probably should've gone to safety a while ago. At his age, do you do it now? It'll be difficult if he doesn't get in a camp, I could see him not playing this year."

Timmy Mac thinks that bringing in a guy like McAlister could be a good fit for the player, but not for the Cowboys.

Would the three-time Pro Bowler fit with the Cowboys? Well, Terence Newman is the only cornerback on the roster with significant starting experience.

However, McAlister could be a progess-stopper for second-year corners Mike Jenkins and Orlando Scandrick. Or he might not be as good as either of them at this point of his career.

Here's a team-by-team list of the remaining unrestricted free agents.

Much more VRR after the jump!

A new Cowboys scout, Kevin Simon. who played ball at Tennessee, had this to say about the combine and drafting players. 

"Those drills at the NFL combine might look nice, but they're not football,'' Simon said on the New Sentinel's Sports Page radio show. "You get a sense of what kind of athlete they are, but there's a lot more intangibles than benching 225 pounds 40 times or running a 40 in 4.4 (seconds).

"It's like making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich: If you just had the peanut butter, or just the jelly, it wouldn't be complete,'' he said. "You have to evaluate a player's film, the combine, the numbers and the person, and you put them all together.''

Tony Romo is going to try to qualify for the U.S. Open - again.

Another qualifier is at the Dallas National Golf Club, where Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is making his fourth attempt to qualify. Apparently he's had as much success in U.S. Open qualifying as he's had in Super Bowl qualifying.

Ouch!

Some of the owners of land around the new stadium held out for better deals when the City of Arlington was buying up the property for Billion Dollar Stadium. Turns out it was worth the wait, they got like $20 million more of Jerry's/Arlington's money.

Karen Magnus initially doubted her decision to fight the city. She had health problems and no insurance at the time.

Eventually, she settled for $350,000 — more than six times greater than the original $53,000 offered by the city.

 You can fight City Hall!

Meanwhile, the stadium's retractable roof is being put through its paces.  

The Summit Structures plot thickens. In 2007, the company settled a lawsuit with the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority over the collapse of a structure similar to the one built for the Cowboys' practice facility. Evidently, the Philly structure collapsed just months before the company built the Dallas one. Here are the details about the court agreement:

Summit ultimately agreed to pay the port $4.8 million to settle a lawsuit stemming from the accident, according to a confidential agreement between the parties in 2007. The agreement was made public by the port Friday.

Summit and the port reached the agreement after a judgment of $5.1 million was entered against the company. Common Pleas Court Judge Allan Tereshko determined that the building collapsed in conditions "that would have easily been tolerated ... had [the building] been properly designed and constructed."

Perhaps the Cowboys were legally blind to the company's credibility, or lack thereof.

As part of their settlement, Summit and the port agreed that the document would not be construed as an admission that Summit or its sister company, Cover-All Building Systems, engaged in wrongdoing. The parties also agreed that neither would communicate negative information about the other.

The Michael Irvin show!

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