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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Cowboys To Continue Shopping For Cornerbacks?

If you want to read about a fan who got an amazing haircut of Dez Bryant, or about how DeMarco Murray was booed at a UFC event in Dallas, then this news summary is not for you.

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Cowboys not any closer to deal with Dez Bryant - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
In response to a Twitter question, Archer writes that getting deal done with Dez Bryant is not priority at moment.

To think they would get this done in a second wasn't realistic. It will be a tricky deal to come to an agreement on not because of how they value the player but because of the numbers that would be involved. They have until July 15 to work something out or Bryant will play the year on the tag. That might happen by then, but it won't happen quickly. The Cowboys are prepared to carry Bryant at $12.823 million against the cap this year. It's just going to take time to come to that deal.

Former Saints Defensive Back Corey White Claimed Off Waivers - Blogging The Boys
The Dallas Cowboys are leaving no stone uncovered as they search for bargain free agents, and the Saints' former 5th round pick from 2012 is headed to Dallas.

It's uncertain what White's role will be in Dallas, but at 5-11, 205, he has the ideal size for the position.

Also, since White was cut by the Saints, he does not qualify as a compensatory free agent, so his signing does not impact the number of comp picks the Cowboys could potentially get in 2016.

Chalk it up for the Cowboys' front office as another low-cost potentially rewarding depth move. With the uncertainty surrounding Carr, Claiborne, and Moore it can't hurt to take a look.

Dallas Cowboys claim Corey White off waivers - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Archer points out that the Cowboys are far from done at cornerback.

Even by adding White, the Cowboys need more cornerback help. Claiborne might not be ready for the start of training camp. Brandon Carr’s roster spot is not assured because of an $8 million base salary and $12.717 million cap figure. They have some interest in White’s New Orleans teammate, Patrick Robinson, but can also look at the draft for more help.

Barry Church hopes embattled defensive end Greg Hardy signs with Cowboys | Dallas Morning News
Barry Church wouldn't mind if the Cowboys took a chance on defensive end Greg Hardy, because a good pass rusher would make the job a lot easier for the defensive backs, he told KESN-FM 103.3.

"From what I understand he’s a great teammate, a great guy, we all make mistakes here and there," Church said. "I’m sure he’s going to get his second chance with a team here coming up soon, hopefully it will be with us."

Former Cowboys all-pro defensive back Everson Walls explains what’s wrong with Brandon Carr, Morris Claiborne, how they can fix it | Michael Florek, Dallas Morning News
Walls said both Carr and Claiborne suffer from the same thing: lack of confidence.

"There are some games, some moments in the game where (Carr) seems to lose focus," Walls said. "We all lose focus as defensive backs, because sometimes you’re just reeling. They’re coming at you with different receivers, different routes and great players. From a confidence standpoint, Carr is a heck of a player, I think he needs to believe that more than anybody."

"That’s another guy that needs to believe in himself," Walls said of Claiborne. "He had the talent coming out of college. He still has it, but this game is more mental than people want to think. You have to be comfortable with yourself."

"When you’re mind becomes clouded with a lot of other issues that have nothing to do with how good you are, I think that’s what happened with Claiborne and I think that had a lot to do with why he got hurt."

Murray contract details | ProFootballTalk
This really doesn't pertain to the Cowboys anymore, but if you're interested in what the Eagles are paying Murray, this article has all the details.

What's the Optimum Allocation of Free Agent Money? - Advanced Football Analytics
With a staggering $1 billion invested in free agents in the first two days of the draft, Brian Burke looks at what the best allocation of resources would be for free agent players. His conclusion:

I found that teams with higher median salaries outperformed teams with lower median salaries, holding overall team salary equal. In other words, teams without a lot of heavily paid players tended to win more games.

Teams with relatively even distributions of salary appear to win more often, a signal detectable despite the noise of year-to-year variability. In practice, this suggests the Dolphins would be better off bolstering multiple positions with their FA funds, rather than putting them into a single player like Suh, regardless of how good he may be.

Five possible RB draft targets for Dallas -
The Cowboys have a big hole to fill at running back, and Mike Huguenin runs down a list of draft prospects with familiar names: Todd Gurley, Melvin Gordon, Tevin Coleman, Duke Johnson, Jay Ajayi.


We had allowed ourselves some Eagles Schadenfreude yesterday, today we move on to the Giants.

Twitter mailbag: New York Giants sputter early in free agency - Dan Graziano, ESPN New York
Bill Barnwell said the Giants have made three of the worst free agency signings this year, and in response to a Twitter question on the topic, Dan Graziano expands on Barnwell's argument.

Bill's point is about assessing the value of players in the marketplace, and these signings are the latest evidence that Reese struggles with that. There was no reason to give Harris $3.1 million a year for five years and $7.1 million guaranteed. There's no chance anyone was offering anything close to that. The Cowboys were offering $1.3 million a year, and they really liked the guy. The point is that the Giants could have acquired players quite similar to Thomas, Casillas and Harris for much less money, and that's what makes them bad signings.


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