Some quick tidbits if you are in need of some reading material as you loosen your belt for the evening.
-- Bob Sturm with some decent analysis of Sean Lee and Sam Hurd's special teams contributions. [cowboysblog.dallasnews.com]
-- Someone sound the 'not working hard enough' alarms! Tony Romo spotted at a high school basketball game. [highschoolsportsblog.com]
-- In case anyone had plans to add Champ Bailey to our secondary mix, it's time to move on to Plan B. Bailey was signed to a four-year extension in Denver that will keep him their until he is 37.
-- Sad news. Former Cowboy Ben Fricke has passed away from colon cancer. Fricke played center for the Cowboys from 1999-2001, actually starting 5 games during the 2000 season. After being drafted by the Giants in the seventh round, Fricke spent time in the now defunct NFL Europe. [profootballtalk.com]
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-- Midround quarterback prospect, Florida State's Christian Ponder will now throw at the NFL combine. [profootballtalk.com]
-- Guard prospect and potential replacment for Leonard Davis, in position and nickname of "Bigg", TCU's Marcus Cannon reportedly played last year at the weight of 375 lbs. That's a big dude. [draftinsider.net]
-- Oregon State DT prospect Stephen Paea will not run at the combine. [gazette-times.com]
-- Franchise player tag news.. Jaguars name TE Marcedes Lewis. Payton Manning is in contract negotiations, free agent kicker Olindo Mare will hit the open market after all. Browns kicker Phil Dawson has received the tag. The Panthers have tagged C Ryan Khalil and he is expected to sign his tender. The Cardinals may look to trade Larry Fitzgerald as he has a clause that would pay him $23 million in 2012 if franchised.