In one amazing move, Roger Goodell and the NFL have managed to do something that most considered impossible: Unite the Dallas Cowboys fan base in its support of Owner/GM .
As the rumors and reports fly about concerning free agency, ESPN writers Adam Schefter and John Clayton both have stated that the battle is just beginning between the Cowboys and the owners in the NFL who decided to retroactively disapprove the Miles Austin contract. In an appearance on the Mike and Mike show, quoted in the Dallas Morning News, Clayton acknowledged that the Cowboys, along with the Redskins, are now facing most of the other NFL owners in a fight over how those teams tried to improve themselves during the 2010 season.
"It's going to be pretty much 28 owners going against them. How they fight it is going to be interesting."
Today, the Cowboys seem to mainly be fighting by going hard after cornerback Brandon Carr, and quarterback Kyle Orton is reported to be visiting Dallas as well. Stay tuned here for all the latest updates, and consider this a new thread for free agency comments.
Other stories to watch:
- Laurent Robinson is visiting the Jacksonville Jaguars, with the Chargers, Cardinals and Jets also interested.
- The Washington Redskins, who got slapped much harder than the Cowboys, have apparently signed WR Pierre Garcon for Robert Griffin III to throw to, and according to a DMN report have also signed Josh Morgan and may be close to getting Eddie Royal. JimmyK from BloggingTheBEast is keeping a running tally and and writes that the Redskins have drafted, signed via free agency, or traded for 11 wide receivers in the last calendar year.
- Mario Williams, a player many here have been interested in, is visiting the Buffalo Bills, who are determined to make him the highest paid defensive player in the league.
Per ProFootballTalk, LB Dan Connor will visit the Cowboys according to a league source. PFT also reports TE Kellen Davis from the Bears will visit the Cowboys (as well as the Steelers and Bengals). Davis is the second TE linked to Dallas after Adam Caplan reported earlier that the Cowboys were interested in TE John Carlson from Seattle