Lots of gossipy, read-between-the-lines "news" out today about the Cowboys. We'll start with the one everyone is talking about - Ray Lewis to the Cowboys? The Baltimore Sun goes further than mere speculation and actually gives specific proposed contract numbers.
Word around the NFL is that the Dallas Cowboys are very interested in obtaining Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis if he becomes a free agent. The speculation is that the Cowboys are willing to give Lewis a three-year deal worth between $27 and $30 million, with $25 million guaranteed.
The Cowboys could certainly use someone with Ray's ability to be a leader in the locker room and on the field. No one has ever questions Ray's heart or intensity. But he is climbing up there in age.
Stay tuned tomorrow as Rafael will have a piece on Ray Lewis, Zach Thomas and playing ILB in the 3-4 defense.
Hat tip to Starred4Life for his FanPost.
Moving on to a subject that won't go away for a while, Jason Garrett and his WR corps. Garrett is down at Mobile for the Senior Bowl so I guess that answers any question about his return as the Cowboys' OC. But when asked about his relationship with T.O., he was notably short and cryptic.
"I certainly have a lot of respect for him as a player," Garrett said. "And we'll just leave it at that."
Hmm, you can certainly read a lot into that comment.
Meanwhile, Jerry Jones had some comments about RW2.
"We are very pleased to have Roy Williams," Jones said. "We saw an opportunity to get a player that can be our No. 1 receiver. ... We gave up the one and the three, which I thought was good for Detroit. ...
"We weren't able to really utilize Roy with the success that we hoped to as the season went along, but that's coming. As I look to the future, Roy will be our X receiver as I look down the road. He's at that stage in his career."
Sounds like Jones wants Williams to earn it, though.
"He's got a lot of work to do this off-season - and he's going to do it, and will do it - but a lot of work regarding strength and conditioning," Jones said. "That'll help him stay on the field."
OK, read into that whatever you will.
You knew it was coming, the inevitable why isn't T.O like Larry Fitzgerald comparison. Tim MacMahon over at the DMN blog takes the honors. Then there's the whole Todd Haley/Anquan Boldin meltdown on the field during the all-important game-winning drive. Will this get played up in the media like it would if it was T.O.? Doubtful. In fact, T.O. and Haley's spat that occurred during practice a few years ago probably got more coverage.
Hat tip to JimmyJohnson for that link.
But Larry Fitzgerald had something to say about Haley that was very interesting.
On the awards podium after the victory, Fitzgerald sought out offensive coordinator Todd Haley.
"Thank you," he said, "for keeping your foot on my throat for two years."
It's not often you hear about players thanking a coach for being hard on them. Martellus Bennett might want to do the same to John Garrett somewhere down the line. Can Reggie Herring to do the same for Anthony Spencer?
Also, stay tuned later tonight when Rafael is going to drop an in-depth look at T.O., Roy Williams and receivers in general. Should be fascinating stuff.
To finish off with Todd Haley, I liked this excerpt from an article about the gadget play they ran for the TD in the championship game.
The play is called "Philly Special," and Haley brought it from the Dallas Cowboys, where he was passing-game coordinator. Saturday night, he instructed third-string quarterback Brian St. Pierre to watch for the proper time to run it, when Philadelphia's defense was just so.
"I was going back and forth whether I wanted to call it or not, and then Brian came up to me and said, 'Philly Special,' " Haley said. "And that was all I needed. I had the personnel in there and everything, but I was going back and forth between that play and a conservative play. When he nudged me, I went ahead with it."