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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Tony Romo Throwing Again, Big Paydays For Dez Bryant & Sean Lee?

Latest Cowboys headlines: Tony Romo is throwing again, albeit not in "live" situations yet; Kyle Wilber looks good as a 4-3 DE; Big paydays could be in the works for Dez Bryant and Sean Lee.

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We'll have a detailed review of yesterday's Cowboys minicamp up at 9:00 am ET. For now, here are the latest headlines for your reading pleasure:

Recovering Tony Romo is throwing passes - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Tony Romo's recovery from his surgery is taking longer than expected. The Cowboys are "erring on the side of caution" as Garrett explained, but Romo was seen throwing passes during the walk-through part of the OTA sessions last week as well as at the start of minicamp yesterday, so his recovery appears to be proceeding.

Sidelined 2012 Cowboys pick Wilber says move to defensive end 'seems like a perfect fit' - Carlos, Mendez, Star-Telegram
Wilberforce has been getting a lot of positive press over the last couple of weeks as he tries to make the most of the opportunity presented to him by DeMarcus Ware's absence. And while he often appeared lost as an inside linebacker in last year's 3-4 scheme, the 4-3 seems to be playing to his strengths.

Thoughts on Cowboys' play-calling thing - Dan Graziano, ESPN NFC East Blog
As usual, Graziano provides the voice of reason in the whole Cowboys playcalling circus:

"Things can come off as clownish in Dallas because the GM is the owner and therefore not accountable for anyone for the decisions he makes or the manner in which he makes them. But I think people are often looking for something that's not always there. These kinds of decisions happen with other teams, and maybe more smoothly, but it's in Garrett's interest that the offense run better in 2013. This could help, and I think it could also help him be a better head coach."

Romo questions NFL’s Top 100 players ranking - DMN
The results of the NFL's Top 100 ranking are ostensibly based on a poll of NFL players, but to avoid any controversy, the NFL Network has decided not to provide any details on how they arrive at the rankings. Tony Romo calls their bluff:

"Until I see one person who’s a Dallas Cowboy who votes on that stuff, I would figure at some point they’d ask me, Jason Witten or DeMarcus Ware to vote," Romo said Tuesday. "I think then maybe it’s a vote by the players. But the four people who vote, I just don’t think it matters too much. I know this, I would have a hard time telling you who was great in the AFC last year. You just go by what’s written about and talked about."

"Once again, like I said, that stuff is fun to talk about, I enjoy taking a peek, seeing what’s happening. Then it’s just, OK cool, then it goes right on to the next day."

Rick Gosselin: Cowboys want to downplay it, but Romo's back issue should be a great concern - DMN
Gosselin correctly points out that, in general, any type of back issue should be a serious concern, but does not provide any specific further insight into Romo's situation.

Who's next to get paid? - Jason La Confora, CBSSports
Confora expects big paydays in the works for some of the league's best young talent. Two Cowboys make his list, Dez Bryant and Sean Lee.

Dez Bryant: Bryant makes $1.8M this season and is set to make $2M in 2014, but Jerry Jones won't wait that long. If Dez can stay out of trouble this offseason and into the season, big bucks will be waiting in Big D. Miles Austin could be off the books by 2014 and few take care of their own like Jones.

Sean Lee: He looked to be one of the very best inside linebackers in the league before losing last season to surgery. Dallas has long been desperate for leaders, and this kid looks like someone who should be commanding their locker room for a long time. The injury could bump talks back some, but at $630,000 Lee is due for a big raise.

NFL considering multiple cities in each year for NFL Draft - Don Banks,
Don Banks writes about a bizarre plan concocted in the league headquarters that would see multiple cities hosting the draft each year. According to Banks, "the NFL has tasked three internal study groups to consider options that include holding the three-day draft in three different NFL cities in the same year."

Clearly, NFL headquarters are either overstaffed or underworked.

Jim Harbaugh calls out Seahawks: ‘If you cheat to win, you’ve already lost’ - Shutdown Corner
For all the built-in dislike I have for every single coach of our NFC East rivals, I cannot imagine a single one of them commenting on the issues of another team in their division. Jim Harbaugh obviously is not bound by any such gentlemanly code of conduct and publicly slams his division rival. Personally, I'll now be watching the PED-ticker very closely for news out of San Francisco.


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