Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Underpaid QBs, Stud LBs, 4-3 DTs

Wilberforce! - Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

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Roster Rundown: Kyle Wilber Might Have Found Home At LB - Bryan Broaddus
Broaddus writes that Wilberforce will be in the mix for a starting spot at SAM linebacker based on his end-of-season performance when he recorded 42 tackles, two sacks, two fumble recoveries and 14 QB pressures over six games. Adds Nick Eatman:

Give Wilber an entire offseason trying to learn the outside linebacker spot and he might have found a spot. Don’t forget he spent last year beefing up to play defensive end. So Wilber will likely work on toning his body down somewhat to be quicker and faster for an outside linebacker spot. I wouldn’t think you pass up on a great linebacker in the draft because of Wilber, but I don’t think you have to say it’s a glaring need either.

Jerry Jones confident LB Bruce Carter can still be ‘outstanding’ | Brandon George, DMN
Bruce Carter was heralded as a perfect fit for the new 4-3 defense as the WILL linebacker, but turned out to be anything but. Yet Jones still has confidence in Carter's future.

"We know he can do what this defense calls for and be outstanding. We have some real reasons to be excited about him and certainly he’d be the first to say that he had some things that he’d like to take back."

"Overall, he’s got a future here … and that’s a positive. It’s not a condition, he’s going to become more of a pro and more understanding about the kind of commitment and the kind of detail and preparation it takes and he’ll be a lot better for it. He’s got the other stuff that nobody can coach, and that is speed and physical assets."

DeMarcus Ware to have surgery on right elbow - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Ware will have a procedure to fix his elbow on Feb. 18. and believes he'll be available for most of the offseason program. Ware had initially hoped that rest would help heal his elbow, but now decided to have surgery to fix the elbow.

"Rest helped it," Ware said. "I'm getting my work in. I'm pushing up 315, 405 (pounds) and I'm doing everything, running. My body feels great. Straight up, it feels really, really good. My quad, I can do all of that. I can do everything. Nothing is inhibiting me. If I had to go into the season now, I feel better than I did going into the season with the shoulder (surgery) ... Now I feel like once we get the elbow cleaned up and fix the nerve deal, it's, 'Let's roll.'"

Face it: Quarterbacks are underpaid thanks to stagnant salary cap - CBSSports.com
Football fans might not want to hear it but salaries for quarterbacks in the NFL are not out of control. In fact, it is just the opposite, argues Jason La Confora in a heartfelt rant. An excerpt:

I can't be the only one who has seen this sentiment on websites or floated on Twitter or debated on talk radio. You know, since Seattle won with a cheap quarterback, maybe the thing to do is to let your Joe Flaccos and Matt Ryans and Tony Romos simply walk as free agents once their asking price is mandated too high, and just reallocate those assets into other positions. Oh yeah, and there is a corollary to this ridiculous theory, as well, that claims that quarterbacks are simply being paid too much and so many of them are "overpaid" and that the high cap numbers for passers are going to tear teams apart and curtail their "windows" to win a Lombardi.

This is actually going around. And it's complete, unmitigated BS.

NFL Draft: Scouting The Defensive Tackles - Jeff Cavanaugh, CBS DFW
G-Bag Nation's Cavanaugh takes a look at this year's crop of defensive tackles and comes out swinging in favor of Tim Jernigan - and has an interesting take on prospect-du-jour Aaron Donald, if for no other reason than it's different from what you usually read.

Miles Austin’s June 1 Cut Looms For Cowboys - Mike Fisher, CBS DFW
Fisher writes that a decision has been made about Austin's future with the Cowboys.

The Cowboys have privately determined which way they are leaning regarding former Pro Bowler Mile Austin: Make him a post-June 1 cut.

A look at Rod Marinelli's scheme - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer wonders whether the Cowboys' defense will look different in 2014 and argues that the key to an improved defense will be less about the scheme and more about the players playing it better. Sean Lee agrees:

"There's a certain philosophy, a certain defense they believe in," linebacker Sean Lee said, "but we obviously have to get great at that base [defense] if we want to be able to build off that. I think Coach Marinelli has had a ton of success in the past. He's a great coordinator and we're going to have to find a way to improve individually if we want to play well within this defense."

A bright side for Dallas Cowboys fans? - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
What might at first sound like a compliment is anything but when considered in its entirety: "At least the Cowboys are not the Cleveland Browns."

Cowboys RBs coach Gary Brown’s daughter seeking a bone marrow donor after being diagnosed last year with leukemia | Brandon George, DMN
Some sad news from the Cowboys family. Shortly after joining the Cowboys, RB Coach Gary Brown's daughter Malena was diagnosed with leukemia. The family will be hosting a bone marrow donor registration drive on Friday.

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