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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Ware, Spencer, Austin Victims Of "Cruel Cap"?

Latest Cowboys headlines: DeMarcus Ware remains hesitant about taking a significant pay cut; a one-year deal could make sense for Anthony Spencer; three free agents who could replace Miles Austin.

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Cowboys Corner: Per source, Ware will listen to Cowboys offer of reduced deal; but knows he will be coveted as FA - Clarence Hill, Star-Telegram
Quoting a source, Hill writes that Ware is willing to listen to what the Cowboys have to say about a renegotiated contract. But Ware is also aware that he'll likely be a hot commodity as a free agent, so he remains hesitant about taking a significant pay cut.

Cowboys' DeMarcus Ware could be next victim of cruel cap - USA Today
Jarrett Bell writes that unless either side blinks, the Cowboys will release DeMarcus Ware next week. That's a pretty bold statement, especially because the Cowboys don't need to do anything with Ware to get under the cap. But Bell points out that, contrary to public opinion, the Cowboys are no strangers to letting their ageing stars go:

But if Emmitt Smith can play out his career with the Arizona Cardinals and Tony Dorsett can wind down with the Denver Broncos, it's easy to imagine Ware chasing that elusive Super Bowl ring with, say, the New England Patriots.

Why one-year deal for Anthony Spencer makes sense - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer argues that a one-year deal makes sense for both the Cowboys and Spencer: The Cowboys would get some cushion along the defensive line; Spencer, if his recovery is successful, could position himself for a better deal in 2015.

Cowboys free-agency series: 3 WR targets if Miles Austin is released | Rainer Sabin, DMN
Sabin reviews the Cowboys WR situation heading into the 2014 season, and suggests that Nate Burleson (formerly with the Lions), Robert Meachem (Saints), or Domenik Hixon (Panthers) could be options for the Cowboys in free agency.

NFL Free Agency Preview: Dallas Cowboys | The Daily Texan
Nick Castillo ruminates on some of the Cowboys possible free agency moves, and takes a look at possible replacements for Kyle Orton, should Orton decide to retire. That list features Chad Henne, Matt Flynn, and Colt McCoy. Please Kyle, don't retire.

NFL free agency is about being cautions of risks and red flags | The MMQB
If you think that shiny free agent signing is too good to be true, it's because it probably is, writes Andy Benoit and argues that with the way free agency is structured, a player who reaches the market is all but certain to have a flaw.

NFL Communications - 2014 NFL Free Agency Questions & Answers
The NFL offers a Q&A on the ins and outs of free agency. Saturday marks the official beginning of the legal tampering / negotiating period, though if you've been a regular reader here, you'll know that that stuff has been going on in earnest since the Combine.


Interview with Matt Johnson | Jordan Ross, All 22 Breakdown
Jordan Ross got the chance for a telephone interview with Cowboys safety Matt Johnson, asked him about his health, his mindset, what motivates him, and what his goals are. Check out the full interview by following the link, here's an excerpt (Hat tip to @therealmarklane):

JORDAN ROSS – First off, how are you feeling? How far along are you in your rehab?

MATT JOHNSON – I’m doing good. Just started running a couple weeks ago, and have been doing everything else for about a month now. I’m just focused on coming back stronger than last year.

JORDAN ROSS – Will you be ready for OTA’s and minicamp?

MATT JOHNSON – Yes, I’ll be ready.

JORDAN ROSS – How much pressure do you feel to prove yourself to Jerry Jones and Coach Garrett this season?

MATT JOHNSON – I don’t like to use the word "pressure". In the past, I put too much pressure on myself. I’m just going to have fun and do my thing. These guys picked me up for a reason, and I am going to do my best to remind them why they went out and got me.


Cowboys have interest in TCU corner - Calvin Watkins, ESPN Dallas
If we were to take every pro day visit by Cowboys staff to mean that the Cowboys have interest in the players working out at that specific pro day, the Cowboys would be "interested" in hundreds of players. But this case may be a little different. CB Jason Verrett worked out at the TCU pro day, and Watkins writes that the Cowboys would like to bring Verrett in for a private workout.

Not just throwing darts: A behind-the-scenes look at the NFL scouting process, and how players ultimately land on each team's draft board -
Risers, fallers, winners, losers, sleepers, reaches and busts. The feats and fiascos by front offices during the three-day spectacle that is the modern NFL Draft has become the stuff of legend and infamy. But what is the real process like? Danny Kelly, the editor for, one of the best team blogs in our network, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the NFL scouting process, and how players ultimately land on each team's draft board


Jason Witten to hold a boys and girls football camp in May in Grand Prairie, TX
Jason Witten will run a one-day camp for boys and girls from grades 1-8 on May 17-18, 2014. Admission is $149 for the two-day event which will feature games and competitions as well as instructions from the Senator himself.

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