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Rumors and more rumors, they're the lifeblood of the NFL offseason. So let's get to it, here are some of the Cowboy rumors floating around.

From the Boston Globe:

Although the Patriots reportedly remain hopeful of signing [Willie] McGinest, league sources said last night that the Cleveland Browns, San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys, and several other teams intend to explore signing McGinest, who last year became the all-time postseason sack leader (16), passing Hall of Famer Reggie White (12) and Bruce Smith (14 1/2).

From The Insiders on ESPN (sub. required):

Dallas, Philadelphia and Washington are also believed to be interested in [Antwaan] Randle El, an unrestricted free agent who is highly regarded because of his versatility.

How about this one posted on the CowboysZone forum, attributed to a guy called Playmaker who writes for

OK, here is the short list of players that have been requested to come in for a visit. A couple of them will obviously have to wait to be released before they can schedule.
  1. Adam Vinateari - Although the Patriots have increased their offer, he is still wanting to see what is out there for him.
  2. LeCharles Bentley - Word is that he has scheduled 2 stops before us. Jacksonville and Philly
  3. Antwan Randle El - He also has 2 stops before coming in, Philly and Washington
  4. Jason Fabini - I have learned that he is in Dallas taking physicals right now
  5. Ryan Longwell - He is a first stop for us, trying to schedule Saturday 3/11
  6. Willie McGinest - He was released late last night and is going to be pursued by several others.
  7. Chris Hope - He is almost assuredly to return to Pittsburgh, but will make the rounds.
* I have also learned that if and when T.O gets released, his first stop will be to Dallas and expect us to push hard to sign him before he leaves.

I have no idea how reliable this guy is, but the list makes a lot of sense to me (except for the T.O. comment!). He says these are only "scheduling requests" and that nothing has been confirmed yet.

Final bonus rumor: Paul Tagliabue may be ready to step down. ESPN has the article here.