Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: DeMarcus Ware Decision Coming Today?

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Latest Dallas Cowboys headlines: Will Ware's situation be resolved by the start of free agency at 4:00 pm ET today?

Now Under The Cap, No Big Rush For Ware Decision - Nick Eatman, DallasCowboys.com
Eatman writes that the Cowboys are in no hurry to get something done with DeMarcus Ware, as they are already under the cap. Only if the Cowboys wanted to do something "really splashy" would they need to create more cap space with a re-worked Ware deal.

Sources: DeMarcus Ware decision could come quickly - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer writes that Ware's camp would like a quick decision so that if he is cut, he would be able to hit the open market when teams have the most money to spend. No word on how urgent the matter is for the Cowboys, though Nick Eatman of the mothership suggests above that there is no big rush on the Cowboys' side.

Tony Romo meets with Duke's David Cutcliffe - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
If ESPN can milk this, we can too: For those who missed the coverage here over the last four days or so, Romo and Garrett met with Duke football coach David Cutcliffe and later attended a Duke basketball game in which the Blue Devils trounced the North Carolina Tarheels.

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Agent's Take: Calculating 2014 NFL free agent target prices - CBSSports.com
Former Sports Agent Joel Corry runs down the price list of the top free agents, including Jason Hatcher, who is projected for a four-year, $30 million deal with $15 million guaranteed. Do you think the Cowboys should match that?

Hatcher had a career year in 2013 while switching from 3-4 defensive end to 4-3 defensive tackle. He led NFL interior defensive lineman with 11 sacks. Age will factor into whether Hatcher really can take advantage of his career year. He turns 32 before the 2014 season starts.

2014 NFL free agency predictions. | SI.com
Doug Farrar takes a stab at predicting where the best available NFC free agents could land, and sees the Seahawks picking up the tab for Jason Hatcher:

The former Cowboys standout will be 32 when the 2014 season starts, but he’s one of those little-discussed players who just gets better and better every year. Pete Carroll loves to take athletic freaks like the 6-foot-6, 300-pound Hatcher and put them in multiple positions to succeed. Few interior linemen have been more disruptive over the last three seasons.

Dallas Cowboys saved $1.15M on Mackenzy Bernadeau's contract - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer has the lowdown on Bernadeau's re-worked contract that saves the Cowboys $1.15 million in cap space and has $400,000 in play-time incentive for 2014 built into the contract.

NFL free agency inspires caution among league's winning teams - NFL.com
The top free agents typically generate a feeding frenzy on the open market, just as they do in the media and with fans. But Albert Breer says more and more teams -- particularly the elite ones -- are wising up to the fallacies of free agency.

A Look at Cash Spending in the NFL and the Impact on Free Agency - Over the Cap
The CBA removed the salary cap floors in the NFL and instituted cash minimums instead, and those cap minimums could soon become a way bigger story than the salary cap ceiling fans and the media have been fretting about for years. Each team must spend at least 89% of the cap over a four year periods. Last year was the first year in the current four year period. OTC projects where teams will stand relative to that 89% level after the 2014 season, and suggests that some teams will have to start spending monstrous amounts to hit that target.

In terms of cash spend, the Packers lead the league from 2013-14, coming in $34 million above the 89% target over the two years. The Cowboys are seventh with $19 million, the Raiders rank last in the league, a cool $70 million below the target.

Top 10 free agent medical issues for 2014 | National Football Post
The NFP categorizes 10 free agents with injury issues into red, yellow and green tiers. Cowboys free agent Anthony Spencer and Henry Melton, who has been linked to the Cowboys, both find themselves in the red tier.

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2014 NFL Draft: Winners, losers, surprises in combine medicals - CBSSports.com
The 40-yard dash and bench press might get all of the hype but in terms of draft positioning, the most important tests administered at the annual scouting combine are the medicals. The winners of the medicals, according to Rob Rang, include QBs Aaron Murray and Zach Mettenberger, who are on track toward a full recovery. The losers include Dee Ford and Jason Verrett.

Is there a place for Tajh Boyd to succeed in the NFL? | SportsonEarth.com
Tajh Boyd is a familiar type of draft prospect: the superstar college quarterback who has little chance of making an impact in the NFL. Mike Tanier writes a very interesting article (which graced the title page of the sports section on USA Today yesterday) in which he shows how detailed scouting of a prospect can lead to a significant adjustment of what initially looks like a rosy picture. This has nothing to do with the Cowboys, but it'll be well worth your time to read how some of the highest profile college players (and QBs especially) simply do not translate to the NFL. The first paragraph:

Every draft class has one, the collegiate superstar quarterback with little chance of making an impact in the NFL. His name has been Collin Klein and Kellen Moore, Tim Tebow and Troy Smith, Jason White and Danny Wuerffel and Andre Ware. They all play hard, look you in the eye, call you "sir," rally the troops when down by six in the fourth quarter. But most are a little too small, too weak-armed, too scattershot or too customized for college strategies to become starters at the next level. The fans in the student section cannot see it. The SportsCenter highlights do not detect it. But the scouts and opposing defenses pick it apart.

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