Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Any Free Agency Moves For Cowboys?

Tom Pennington

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Information about the 2014 Salary Cap - NFLPA
This is a press release from the NFLPA confirming the $133 million cap for the year and explaining some of the technicalities related to the cap.

Bob Sturm: On Ware, The Cap, and Romo | FOX Sports
Sturm takes anybody to task who dares to argue that the Cowboys are fine with the cap situation they are in, and writes that the Cowboys should swallow their bitter cap pill this year by releasing DeMarcus Ware:

Now, if they do let Ware go, they can fix much of this by not redoing other deals besides Romo. Resist the urge to redo the Carr and Witten deals and therefore take your medicine in 2014 and be out of the woods for the most part right here. Spend the money on your in-house extensions and now your team is spending money on players in their prime and you continue to dig out of this mess. Your next big winner may not have Ware, Witten, or even Romo on it, but that is life in the NFL. You have windows and they don't stay open forever. Ware will be remembered fondly around here, but the absolute right move is to say goodbye and turn this page to the next wave of talent. The group from the Parcells/Phillips era did not get it done. Cut the cord.

Why The Cowboys Don’t Cry About The Cap - Mike Fisher, CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
If you've read Sturm's article above (and you should, even if you may not agree with his point of view) then you must read Fisher's article to better understand why Sturm is up in arms about the Cowboys' cap situation and the reporting surrounding it.

Cowboys' Twitter mailbag: Should Cowboys take a WR high? - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer doesn't rule it out.

I wouldn’t discount taking a wide receiver at No. 16. There could be a really good one there, like Evans. I can’t tell you what the Cowboys think of him just yet because it’s too early in the process, but clearly he was productive at A&M, and he ran pretty well for a big guy at the combine.

Dez Bryant is going into the last year of his deal. I don’t believe he will be going anywhere, but there is nothing wrong with protecting yourself at the position for the future. Plus, Bryant has had this nagging back deal the past two seasons. Terrance Williams will be the No. 2 receiver. Let’s say something happens to either one of those guys, do you like Dwayne Harris, Gavin Escobar or Cole Beasley as the No. 2 receiver option. Yes, I realize Escobar is a tight end, but he would be an option out wide. I can see them going receiver at No. 16, especially if the grade on that player is higher than more of a need position.

Free Agency Fits - Free Agency Update - Rotoworld.com
Nick Mensio identifies affordable free agents who would make sense for each NFL team, and likes former Falcons DT Corey Peters for the Cowboys.

We can't expect the Cowboys to be major players in free agency. They're going to be hunting for bargains in the second and third waves. Defensive line is easily this club's biggest weakness. Adding a quality run-stuffer should be a major priority, so that ILB Sean Lee can roam free and make more plays instead of having to take on offensive guards all day. Peters tore his Achilles' in Week 16 but should be ready for Week 1, barring setbacks. He's still just 25, so he has age on his side. Being that he's coming back from a serious injury, Peters should come cheap. The Cowboys will need to hit defensive line in both free agency and the draft.

Is trading Dallas Cowboys CB Morris Claiborne an option? - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Watkins answers his own question in the negative.

"Giving Claiborne a chance to produce in his third season is the wise move and what needs to happen."

QBs Jimmy Garoppolo And David Fales Met With Cowboys During NFL Combine - Blogging The Boys
Last year saw some previously highly touted QB prospects like Matt Barkley and Landry Jones drop all the way to the fourth round. If the QBs start dropping again in this year's draft, should the Cowboys catch one of them?

Dallas Cowboys Make Four Roster Cuts, One More To Come - Blogging The Boys
With free agency about to start, Dallas has made some moves, starting the process of shaping the roster for the coming season. DE Everette Brown, DT Corey Irvin, G Ray Dominguez and G Jeff Olson were cut on Friday, and C Phil Costa is reported to be next on the list.

Roger Staubach: From Cowboys QB To Real Estate Mogul - Forbes
Staubach worked as a real estate broker in the offseason during the 1970s while leading the Cowboys to five Super Bowl appearances. It was a good fit, as he eventually sold his eponymous firm for $640 million. Forbes ranks him as the highest-paid retired NFL player.

'My Job Is Very, Very Different From Your Job': Eagles' Connor Barwin describes NFL locker room culture | The MMQB
This has nothing directly to do with the Cowboys, but you'll find it worth your time to read this article today.

Brandon Carr: Five things you need to know about being a Dallas Cowboy | Michigan Live.com
Brandon Carr talks to one of his home state papers, and lists five things you need to know about being a Cowboy. The No. 1 thing?

"Don't be surprised to find yourself on ESPN every single night."

What happens next? | National Football Post
Former Bears GM Jerry Angelo provides an inside look at the timeline teams face between the Combine and the Draft.

2014 pro days schedule - NFL.com
Between the NFL Scouting Combine and the 2014 NFL Draft, NFL coaches and scouts -- not to mention the prospects themselves -- turn their attention to the various college pro day workouts. NFL.com has the full list of every pro day.

NFL releases 2014 franchise, transition tag numbers - NFL.com
The league released the official franchise and transition tag numbers per position yesterday.

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