Are the Cowboys rebuilding? Don’t use that word around Jerry Jones | David Moore, DMN
Jerry Jones does not subscribe to the notion that the Cowboys are rebuilding.
"Not at all," he said. "Not at all. You don’t rebuild with Tony Romo."
"The firepower we have on offense and where we are with our running backs, and our receivers…you don’t rebuild with an offense that’s got the capability we’ve got. We didn’t bring (Scott) Linehan in here to rebuild.
"We’re not rebuilding. We are, by necessity, having to revamp the defensive line.’’
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones: "Our cap is requiring us to do the things that are good for our future" | David Moore, DMN
Jerry Jones has no regrets about the money invested over the last three years, because he felt he "loaded up to compete for the playoffs and compete for the Super Bowl." Obviously, that didn't happen, and the Cowboys are now entering a phase of financial consolidation.
"In my life, in my career, I’ve had many times when I could be more aggressive because of the financial shape that I was in and times I had to be pretty conservative because of the financial shape I was in. The art of the deal is to make the adjustments."
"There is no question we pushed it to the hilt in the belief that this was the time to do it, a time when (Tony) Romo was arguably at one of the highest times of his career."
"When I look back over the last three years, that was the time to make the investment. And we did."
"But our cap is requiring us to do the things that are good for our future."
Tony Romo ahead of schedule in rehab - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Jerry Jones said Romo is "ahead of expectations" on his recovery from back surgery, though he has not started throwing passes yet.
Dallas Cowboys try to solve injury issues - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
According to Watkins, the Cowboys believe some of their injury issues stem from players spending more time away from team facilities during the offseason, as mandated by the new CBA. But while this is something all teams have to deal with, not all teams were hit equally hard by injuries, prompting Stephen Jones to suggest that "these guys need to do more work and get themselves prepared for the OTAs and minicamps."
Sources: Signs point to Cowboys exercising 5th-year option on Tyron Smith | Brandon George, DMN
George writes that it looks like the Cowboys will exercise their fifth-year option on Tyron Smith. Exercising that option would give Smith a fully guaranteed $10.039 million in 2015, but it wouldn't preclude the Cowboys from working on a long-term deal with Smith.
Underrated 2014 NFL draft prospects for every NFC team | SI.com
Doug Farrar argues that the real steals of the draft don't happen in the first two rounds, it's getting the third-day picks right where personnel executives either earn their paychecks. Farrar offers one underrated prospect for each team, and has DE James Gayle for the Cowboys:
Gayle would be an excellent choice in the third or fourth round — he was more of a tackles-for-loss player than a sack specialist in college, but with a better-developed inside counter and a stronger array of hand moves, he could surprise in that department. He plays the run well and changes directions with agility, and that’s a positive start.
Yankees Join Cowboys Giving Stadium Know-How to Italy’s AS Roma - Bloomberg
Italian soccer team AS Roma, is getting help for its stadium development plan from a company owned by the New York Yankees and Dallas Cowboys.
Owners offer mostly one-year deals, mull trading down for elite QBs - CBSSports.com
NFL owners have convened in Orlando. The buzz? Multiyear free-agent deals are drying up, and a team could trade down and still draft a top-three QB.
Coaching Clinic - Playing Tampa 2 - The Blitz
In a video segment on DC.com, DB Coach Jerome Henderson walks us through the finer details of press man and press zone techniques.
Scheduled Visits: The Cowboys will bring in Liberty CB Walt Aikens for a pre-draft visit. The 6-1, 205 corner did not receive a Combine invite, but impressed scouts at his pro day with a 4.42 40-yard dash, 35″ vertical, and 9’10″ broad jump. He's currently projected as a 6th to 7th round pick. Shepherd OLB Howard Jones is also set for a visit. Jones impressed at the Combine and had terrific production n college. He is also projected as a 6th to 7th round pick.
Also, there's this guy coming in for a visit: