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Moore: Why lack of contract extension doesn't increase pressure on Cowboys' Jason Garrett | DMN
Moore opines on Garrett's contract situation.

My thoughts are there will be no more pressure on Garrett than there would be otherwise. Let's say Jones did sign him to an extension. Do you believe if the Cowboys got off to a 2-6 start there wouldn't be speculation about Garrett's job security? Do you believe Jones wouldn't let him go if he felt he lost the team? After three consecutive seasons of 8-8, I don't see the impetus for Jones to sign Garrett to an extension. I do believe this team is better now than it was when Garrett took over, but there are still game management issues that can't be dismissed.

Stephen Jones: "We're Still Up Against" the Cap | Scott Crisp, NBC DFW
It's salary cap groundhog day in Dallas: Stephen Jones said last week that Dallas’ cap situation will be "very similar" to last year. But, just like last year and in years past, the team would have no problem making the necessary moves to get under the cap in time.

Jones Wants More Opportunities For Escobar In 2014 - David Helman,
With a new tight ends coach on board for next season, Jerry Jones wants to see second-round pick Gavin Escobar get more opportunities in his second season with the Cowboys.

Cowboys want to avoid rest days for Ware next season because missing practice hurts him - Carlos Mendez, Star-Telegram
Earlier this week, Todd Archer of ESPN Dallas wrote that Ware missed or was limited in 43 out of 96 regular season practices over the last two seasons. That's a lot.

"He’s missed a lot of practice time over the last couple of years because of all these injuries, and that’s something that really can impact a player, even a player of his caliber," coach Jason Garrett said at the Senior Bowl. "You need to practice."

"We’ve got to get him to the point where he’s healthy and he can practice and he can get himself ready to play the way he’s capable of playing."

Cowboys Senior Bowl fits - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
Watkins quotes Scott Muench of Scouts Inc., who says linebackers Chris Borland of Wisconsin and Jonathan Brown from Illinois as well as wide receiver Jordan Matthews from Vanderbilt could be players of interest for the Cowboys.

2014 Senior Bowl: Auburn's Dee Ford headlines list of Risers-Fallers -
Rob Rang provides a list 10 players who helped their NFL stock the most at the Senior Bowl, as well as five players who were unable to answer scouts' concerns. Among the winners are a few names that have been percolating in Cowboys Nation for a while now: DE Dee Ford, DT Aaron Donald, and DT Caraun Reid

Four days in Mobile: Wrapping up Senior Bowl practices -
Dan Kadar offers an extensive Senior Bowl summary with a breakdown of players who looked the best, helped themselves the most and some general news, notes and observations. Aaron Donald and Dee Ford also make his list of the week's top players.

Senior Bowl talent level down, but could feature six 1st-rounders -
The talent level may be down at the Reese's Senior Bowl this year, but NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah believes the game could still feature as many as six 2014 first-rounders, among them, you guesed it, Aaron Donald and Dee Ford as well as Ra'Shede Hageman.

2014 NFL Draft top 200 big board -
SBNation updates its big board to refelct both the Senior Bowl impressions and the record number of underclassmen who have declared for the draft. Aaron Donald (33rd) and Dee Ford (61st) are ranked scandalously low.

Super Bowl ticket prices continue steady drop on secondary market | FOX Sports on MSN
Apparently, a pair of seats for the Super Bowl can now be had starting at $1,600, which is down from about $2,500 a week ago. What changed over the last week? The weather forecast.

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