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Lenny P. over at ESPN discusses the performance based bonuses that NFL players received this week. No doubt you already read that our own FS Pat Watkins got $229,802. But I had forgotten that last year's leader was our own, well, ex-own, Rob Petitti.

[Dawan Landry's] $366,017 supplement represented a near-35 percent increase from what the 2005 leader, Dallas offensive tackle Rob Petitti, received.

And what did Petitti do with his money?

Petitti invested in a hot tub.

Hey, he's young and wants to have fun, but solid financial planning that is not.

Lenny P. also talks about teams interested in Chargers' RB Michael Turner, and doesn't have Dallas on his list.

At least three teams -- Buffalo, Tennessee and the New York Jets -- are thought to have made inquiries about Turner during the league meetings.

And now for some really depressing news.

The list: Since the NFL realigned for the start of the 2002 season, 22 of 32 franchises have won at least one division title. The 10 teams that haven't claimed a crown under the eight-division format: Arizona, Buffalo, Cleveland, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Miami, Minnesota and Washington.

Ugh, that's not exactly exalted company we are hanging with.

Pat Kirwan has an article up about the bottom of the draft pool, where you might find some real gems. Two of the players he mentions have already been established as players the Cowboys have an interest in.

3. Usama Young, CB, Kent State (5-11, 196 pounds)
Key numbers: 4.39 40-yard dash, 43-inch vertical jump, 6.65 three-cone drill, 10-11 broad jump, 15 reps on the bench press test

I'll put Young's numbers up against anyone in the draft. I have talked with Young and action is starting to pick up on the Kent State campus.

4. Melvin Bullitt, S, Texas A&M (6-1¾, 201 pounds)
Key numbers: 4.48 40-yard dash, 40½-inch vertical jump, 3.97 short shuttle, 10-5 broad jump

I don't know a lot about Bullitt but that 3.97 short shuttle at his size is enough to send that scout to College Station for a workout.

Wade Phillips on Leonard Davis.

Cowboys coach Wade Phillips is excited about guard Leonard Davis, who signed with Dallas after spending his first six seasons with the Cardinals.

Davis struggled at left tackle the last two seasons. The Cowboys believe he's better suited for the right side, and he'll play guard because Marc Colombo was re-signed to play right tackle.
"He's a real good player and a real good athlete," Phillips said about Davis, who grew up in Wortham and played at the University of Texas. "We've got him in the offseason program. He bought a house in the Dallas area.

"He's committed to working hard and showing everybody what he can do. That's a good place to have a player with that kind of talent. So much of football is attitude."

Phillips is hoping the change of scenery from Phoenix to Dallas -- not to mention from the Cardinals to the Cowboys -- will be just what Davis needs.

"There are a lot of players who sometimes fit in better (somewhere else)," Phillips said. "I don't know if they change attitudes. I don't know what happens to them, but sometimes they click better at other places."

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