Stephen Jones: No contract talks yet for Dez Bryant, Tyron Smith but "they're not getting out of here" - Clarence Hill, Star-Telegram
The Cowboys have not yet talked to Bryant or Smith about contract extensions, but the Cowboys are not concerned about that.
"We plan on keeping Dez and Tyron around here, barring something unforeseen, for quite a long time," Stephen Jones said. "They are not getting out of here."
Jason Garrett again vows to run it better, more - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Garrett doesn’t believe Scott Linehan’s recent run with pass-heavy teams is an indication the Cowboys won’t run the ball this year.
"Scott's been around teams that have run the ball really well, if you look at his track record back to Minnesota, they were a top five rushing team," Garrett said. "All those years when they had Daunte Culpepper and Randy Moss, they always ran the ball very, very well. You like to get to a point where you can do that, where you have that kind of balance. You can be really productive in the passing game, but you can control the game by running the football."
"We're stronger up front than we've been in the last few years, and hopefully we can continue to add to that, control the line of scrimmage more," Garrett said. "The best teams in the league are able to do that, and we're hoping to be able to do that, have the kind of balance we want for our team."
Jason Garrett thinks DeMarcus Ware can still be an elite pass rusher and so does his agent Pat Dye - Clarence Hill, Star-Telegram
The Cowboys will get under the cap without touching Ware's contract, and a such don't need to get anything clarified before March 11, Stephen Jones said. Hill writes that a key factor in determining Ware's price for 2014 will be what type of play both the Cowboys and ware's agent will expect from Ware. And since both sides expect Ware to return to his old dominating self in 2014, that price tag may turn out to remain quite high.
Dallas Cowboys have held talks with agent for Hatcher, Spencer | Rainer Sabin, DMN
Anthony Spencer and Jason Hatcher are both represented by the same agent. And while there hasn't been a formal meeting in Indianapolis yet, the Cowboys have previously expressed interest in keeping both players, Sabin writes, but adds that "their wishes probably won’t be realized."
Former Cowboys NT Josh Brent’s agent to meet with client to discuss return to football | Rainer Sabin, DMN
Sabin details Brent's return to organized football is far from a sure thing, but the Cowboys are open to discussing that possibility "when the time comes." In the meantime, the Cowboys continue to support Brent off the field.
"The Cowboys have been first class they have supported him emotionally and physically," [Josh Brent's agent, Peter] Schaffer said. "It’s very easy to take shots at the Cowboys because they are so public in what they do. The things they do privately that nobody sees, I don’t think they get enough credit for it."
Jason Witten isn't losing any playing time - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Garrett doesn't see Escobar taking playing time away from Witten in 2014, meaning he'll have to find other ways to get Escobar involved more in the game.
"I think we saw more of him as the year went on and on, as he got more and more acclimated to our style of offense and playing the game at this level," Garrett said. "And he made some great strides for us. If you look back at his tape and the opportunities he was given, he was very productive with the challenges he got. So we gave him more and more as the season went on and he responded well. We expect a big jump from Gavin this offseason."
Morris Claiborne rehabbing, won't miss offseason - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer writes that Morris Claiborne is on track in his recovery from left shoulder surgery and won't miss any of the offseason program.
Claiborne Must Rehab From Two Offseason Surgeries - Rowan Kavner, DallasCowboys.com
In addition to the well-publicized shoulder surgery, Claiborne apparently had surgery recently on his finger for an injury that he had sustained before the season.
Dallas Cowboys to adjust their preseason schedule for One Direction | DMN
When the Cowboys have held their training camp in Oxnard, they've had their first two exhibition games on the West coast, and their last two in Dallas. That will change this year, as there is a scheduling conflict at AT&T Stadium, meaning the Cowboys will play a game at home during the first two weeks of the exhibition slate.