Two contracts seem to be dominating the headlines for the Cowboys recently. Can they re-negotiate with Tony Romo, and can they re-sign Anthony Spencer? We haven't heard much on the Romo side of things, but the Cowboys are preparing to begin talks with Anthony Spencer's agent.
Jordan Woy, the agent for free agent linebacker Anthony Spencer, is traveling to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday and plans to meet with the Cowboys before he leaves. Woy said nothing has been set up as of yet but they two sides have touched base and plan to talk more extensively at the combine.
Sources within the front office said Wednesday the team will meet with them "at some point this weekend." NFL teams are currently in the window to franchise players if they desire. That began Monday and will run through March 4. However, it’s not likely the Cowboys will go that route for the second consecutive year with Spencer, who played under the $8.8 million tag. This year, the cost for the franchise tag has gone up to $10.63 million for Spencer.
Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware might not need surgery on his hyperextended right elbow after all, a source said. Ware said a few weeks ago that surgery was a possibility. Ware wasn't available for comment, but this is good news for the Cowboys because surgery would have prolonged his offseason recovery time. He already had postseason surgery for a torn labrum in his right shoulder and spent Super Bowl week wearing a shoulder harness.
Circling back around to the firing of Rob Ryan, Stephen Jones let it be known that the Cowboys thought Ryan had to many defensive schemes.
"I think Rob is a very smart guy," Jones said. "His schemes are very sound. There are a lot of schemes. That becomes a question. We made a tough decision. We felt like too many schemes can cause problems regardless of how good they are and how sound they are. If there is more than the players can digest in this day and time – as you don’t keep players for long, they move on and you have injuries – you just had to make a decision. And we made a tough one." Jones’ comment came after he was asked if the simplicity of Kiffin’s 4-3 scheme was an attractive selling point when they contemplated hiring him. Jones responded by saying, "That obviously is important to us."
The Josh Brent tragedy made it back into the news today.
The Dallas Cowboys player charged with intoxication manslaughter was going at least 110 mph at the time of the deadly crash that killed his teammate and close friend, according to police documents obtained by NBC 5.
Investigators determined that the car flipped over because Brent was driving faster than 100 mph, causing him to lose control after hitting the curb.
At the earliest, the case could go to trial this summer, Brent's attorney said. The defense team is waiting on pieces of evidence on the case, including surveillance videos from the different cameras involved.