clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Cowboys Training Camp News: Smith A Cowboy For Life; Claiborne Hurt; Staff Has Plan For Romo

Latest Cowboys headlines: Tyron Smith issues a statement on his contract extension; Morris Claiborne hurt during practice; Training staff "has a plan" for Tony Romo.

Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Dallas Cowboys Reach Contract Extension With Left Tackle Tyron Smith - Blogging The Boys
The big news of the day: The Dallas Cowboys made Tyron Smith a Cowboy for life.

Official Statement from Tyron Smith on contract extension

Late last week, the Cowboys approached me with a deal I told my agents I wanted to sign. My agents explained the pros and cons of this deal versus one that may be shorter term and/or higher guarantee. After careful consideration, I decided this long term deal was exactly what I wanted. Over the past three years, the Cowboys organization and Jones Family have helped me through trying times and I felt this was my opportunity to return the gratitude. I am beyond grateful for the Cowboys staff, my teammates, and the fans, and wanted to ensure I was locked in as a "Cowboy for Life". I want to thank everyone for their support and look forward to having a star on my helmet for the remainder of my career.

-Tyron Smith

Why Tyron Smith gave up a little in negotiations for 8-year contract extension | Brandon George, DMN
Brandon George provides some more details on what Tyron Smith meant with "trying times" in his statement above.

Stephen Jones: Still Room To Sign Dez Despite Smith Deal - Nick Eatman,
Stephen Jones has a message for the poor, confused souls who still believe there is such a thing as cap hell, and that the Cowboys are in it.

Cowboys have cap room for more deals - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer, always reliable on any cap-related info, writes that Tyron Smith’s eight-year extension will cost the Cowboys roughly $1 million in cap space this year, leaving them approximately $9.7 under the cap.

And it does not preclude the Cowboys from doing deals with Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray or add a free agent or two, depending on the structures of those contracts.

Tyron Smith’s 10-year deal is "nuts" | ProFootballTalk
"A league source with extensive experience negotiating player contracts" basically told PFT that Smith's contract is too team friendly.


Morris Claiborne injures right knee - Tim MacMahon, ESPN Dallas
Claiborne left Wednesday's practice after twisting his right knee when his cleats got caught in the ground during a play. No word yet on the severity of the injury, but Jerry Jones said the Cowboys and head trainer Jim Maurer "felt pretty good about it."

Cowboys Training Camp Report, Practice Number Six: Getting In The (Red) Zone - Blogging The Boys
2,200 words by rabblerousr give you as good a feel for the goings-on at camp as there is, and he has this little nugget for us:

Bisaccia and Co., broke the seal on the "specials" envelope that had been hidden in his safe, revealing a playsheet filled with fake field goals. As they did when initially practicing regular field goals, the team began by working on blocking, assignment and spacing, such that they snapped the ball but didn't run the play. Eventually, they worked on a couple of "holder sweeps," thus offering us a glimpse of Chris Jones running to daylight.

Day 7 observations from Cowboys camp: Tight ends catch passes with bags on their heads; Claiborne picks off Romo | Jon Machota, DMN
Machota runs down the highlights from yesterday's practice, including this gem:

After practice, TE coach Mike Pope continued his strange drills. He had his position group catching passes with what appeared to be white laundry bags over their heads. On Tuesday, Pope had the tight ends catching passes shirtless while he threw buckets of ice water on them.

Wednesday Recap: Smith Still Focused; Injury Setback For CB - Nick Eatman,
Eatman wraps up Wedneday's practice and offers this take on Joseph Randle, among others:

The second-year back not only looks bigger and stronger this year, but he’s playing that way as well. Randle caught a lot of passes out of the backfield Wednesday and after one catch, he turned up the field and lowered his shoulder on cornerback Tyler Patmon, sending the rookie from Oklahoma State on his back and Randle kept running up the field.

Dallas Cowboys practice report: Day 7 - Todd Archer, ESPNDallas
Archer provides his daily review of hot topics from camp, including this on Lance Dunbar:

Running back Lance Dunbar could be a real mismatch player if he can stay healthy. He had a big gain on a swing pass to the flat and scored a touchdown on a little arrow route out of the backfield, breaking free from rookie linebacker Anthony Hitchens with nothing but open space down the middle of the field in 7-on-7s.


Tony Romo: My Cowboys practice schedule is fluid, but the training staff has a plan | Dallas Morning News
Romo spoke with 105.3 The Fan on Wednesday, and said it's basically up to the medical staff to determine whether he practices or not.

"The athlete, the guy who is out there playing, will consistently want to be out there," Romo said. "If you left it up to me it would be very hard for me to ever sit anything out. And knowing that, it's really the training staff. And they have a plan that they've come up with. And you'll vary from it every once in a blue moon if it's so overwhelmingly one-sided. And from that point, you try to stick with it."

"It's fluid," Romo said. "It's one of those things we're going to figure out after a week, week and a half. We'll have a little bit more understanding of what it's going to be. And on top of it, we'll probably continue to get stronger and better with all the stuff that you do like I mentioned earlier."

Josh Brent released from rehabilitation; next stop is meeting Roger Goodell | Brandon George, DMN
Quoting sources, George writes that Brent will pursue an NFL career after serving his sentence, and that a first step towards achieving that goal is a meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, which will within next two weeks.

Cowboys committee: Jeremy Mincey, Martez Wilson and Kyle Wilber are all in the mix at right defensive end after DeMarcus Lawrence injury | David Moore, DMN
According to Rod Marinelli, Jeremy Mincey (who was taking first team reps ahead of Lawrence), Martez Wilson, and Kyle Wilber (in the nickel) are the prime candidates to replace Lawrence.

"I think Mincey is really showing up well,’’ Marinelli said. "He can go inside, too. He can play inside, outside. He’s a good veteran. He’s alive. He keeps coming well."

"Wilson has some speed on the edge. We’ve just got to keep him going. And the young player (Dartwan) Bush just keeps jumping out, just keeps showing up.’’

Sign up for the newsletter Sign up for the Blogging The Boys Daily Roundup newsletter!

A daily roundup of all your Dallas Cowboys news from Blogging The Boys