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The Valley Ranch Review: No Deal from Jets for Austin?; Choice Makes It Happen

In case you missed it from our earlier post, the NY Daily News Jets blog says

The Jets' courtship of Cowboys WR Miles Austin is "dead," according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Update: following up on Sunday's story, the Giants are in fact the mystery team talking to the Browns about WR Braylon Edwards. Yahoo Sports' Jason Cole writes that teams are haggling over compensation, with the Browns wanting a 2nd, a 5th and WR Steve Smith and the Giants offering a 2nd, a 5th and WR Domenik Hixon.  New York is said to be "motivated" and the deal is expected to be hammered out soon.

The deal's reported parameters are slightly at odds with  Mike Lombardi's, National Football Post story I linked over the weekend, which said Cleveland had an offer of a first round pick.  Of course, Lombardi may be referring to another team, but it's hard to see Cleveland passing up a 1st rounder.

-- Rafael

From his special teams tackle in the season opener, to his onside kick recovery in Arizona, to his stabilizing the Cowboys' running game against four of the NFL's toughest defenses late last season, rookie Tashard Choice earned his team's trust. This year, the trick for Dallas coaches will be to create more opportunities for getting Choice on the field. While fellow running backs, Marion Barber and Felix Jones, have returned to full health--both will be counted on to contribute heavily to the offense. As for Choice, if last year is any indicator, the more he is on the field the more he succeeds.

How will Choice fit in the offense this season? Nick Eatman says that the Cowboys (notably offensive coordinator Jason Garrett) must find a way in's Roster Rundown series.

Get to know more about Choice on this episode of Inside the Huddle. You will get a glimpse into the witty future of Big D as tight end Martellus Bennett talks with the running back about his favorite music, his "T.C." end zone dance, and work ethic.

Also, if you missed Choice's skit at the 2008 NFL Rookie Symposium, it too is worth watching.

You can keep up with what's happening with Tashard this offseason here.

The Ranch Report confirms a visit with Louis Delmas by the Cowboys. Delmas says this about playing defense in college:

"In the defenses we ran, I was usually directed to cover, because my coaches felt that I was a playmaker," he remembered. "No matter where the ball went, I was in the play. I was maybe 20 percent in the box in any given game. We'd run halves, thirds, hard Cover-2, a man Cover-2, we'd run a lot of Fire Zone, and three-man deep."

The Ranch Report also confirms a visit with DT Ra'Shon Harris. 

Looking for additional help in the interior defensive line, the Dallas Cowboys have worked out Oregon defensive tackle Ra'Shon Harris (6-4, 298), has learned.

Don't forget. Today is the 2009 NFL Schedule Release Day!

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