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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: Can Cowboys Keep Rolando McClain, Anthony Spencer?

Latest Cowboys headlines: Anthony Spencer has a visit with an unnamed team today; The Cowboys have traded proposals with Rolando McClain’s agent; George Selvie is drawing interest from the Vikings.

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Dallas Cowboys agree to two-year deal with San Diego free agent LB Andrew Gachkar | Brandon George, Dallas Morning News
George provides a rundown of Gachkar's bio, and adds some perspective on the where the Cowboys are with Rolando McClain.

The Cowboys still want to re-sign free agent middle linebacker Rolando McClain. The Cowboys have traded proposals with McClain’s agent, Pat Dye, but have yet to reach a new deal. McClain is facing a four-game fine next season for a third failed drug test.

Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee missed all of last season and could be an option at weak-side linebacker if Dallas can re-sign McClain.

Dallas Cowboys could be on verge of losing DE Anthony Spencer, who has free agent visit set Monday | Brandon George, Dallas Morning News
This is a report from Thursday, but it doesn't change the fact that Anthony Spencer's future could be decided today.

Cowboys veteran defensive end Anthony Spencer has a free agent visit set up with another team Monday, according to a source, and is in contract negotiations with multiple teams. [...]

The Cowboys and Spencer are a good fit. He likes it in Dallas. The Cowboys like him as a veteran locker room leader. But they won’t get into a bidding war for Spencer. They would prefer to re-sign him on another low-risk deal, but that seems unlikely with multiple teams already in play and him set for a free agent visit with another team Monday.

Vikings looking at George Selvie - Twin Cities Pioneer Press
After losing out on DE Michael Johnson to the Bengals, the Vikings have renewed their interest in George Selvie.

A source said Sunday the Vikings have continued interest in Selvie, 27, and it’s possible he could visit Minnesota this week. The Vikings reached out to a representative of Selvie’s on March 7, the first day teams could call representatives of outside free agents. They’ve kept in touch since then.


Darren McFadden’s new two-year contract gives him incentive to stay healthy | Brandon George, Dallas Morning News
McFadden's contract pays him $900,000 in 2015, but he can increase that with per game bonuses.

In 2015, McFadden can receive a $9,375 per-game bonus. If he played all 16 games in 2015, McFadden would receive $150,000 from the Cowboys.

In 2016, McFadden’s base salary is $1.25 million and his cap hit is $1.85 million. In 2016, McFadden can receive a $31,250 per-game bonus. So if McFadden played all 16 games in 2016 the Cowboys would pay him $500,000.

Cowboys 2015 Free Agents: Five Thoughts On Dallas' Strategy - Blogging The Boys
Neithan20000 offers five thoughts on the Cowboys' free agency strategy to date. In one of those thoughts, he speculates that the Cowboys may have two tiers of running backs, the primary backs and the third-down backs.

We're really looking at two separate tiers of running back. Ryan Williams, Joseph Randle, and "Running back to be drafted" are all fighting for the primary and back up spot, with the loser probably off the roster. Lance Dunbar and Darren McFadden are fighting for the third down spot, again with the loser off the roster.

Dallas Cowboys Free Agency 2015: Cowboys To Sign Chargers LB Andrew Gachkar - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys continued their low-key approach to free agency, and brought in a young and promising player in Andrew Gachkar.

The 26-year old Gachkar was a seventh-round pick for the Chargers in 2011, and was a standout special teamer for the Chargers in his first three years in the league. In his first two seasons at San Diego he played under then-Chargers special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia, who has been the Cowboys’ special teams coordinator since 2013. He also played under then defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus at Missouri from 2007-2008; Eberflus is now the linebackers coach for the Cowboys.

Last season, Gachkar saw a significant increase in playing time due to injuries at the position group and notched 382 plays on defense in addition to 217 plays on special teams. He finished 2014 with 49 tackles and one sack. Gachkar made eight starts in four seasons with San Diego.


New England Patriots visited with linebacker Andrew Gachkar - ESPN Boston
Looks like there was a lot of interest the the Cowboys' most recent free agent acquisition. The Patriots hosted free-agent linebacker Andrew Gachkar on a visit Sunday, but were ultimately trumped by the Cowboys.

The fifth-year pro out of Missouri told friends that the Patriots were classy on his visit. Family ties were one factor that led him to pick Dallas' offer over New England's.

Redskins Interested in Chargers LB Andrew Gachkar - Hogs Haven
The Redskins had also talked to Gachkar's agent, though no offer was made.

Vikings homing in on signing free-agent linebacker Andrew Gachkar - Twin Cities Pioneer Press
Former Chargers head coach Norv Turner was also interested in Gachkar, and a meeting was scheduled last week.

And it looks like the Panthers and Raiders were also interested.


2015 NFL Mock Drafts: Two backs in top 17 -
Todd Gurley goes at #6 to the Jets and Melvin Gordon goes at #17 to the Chargers in Brian Baldinger's latest mock draft. The Cowboys pick DT Eddie Goldman.

Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon III is not a first-round value | Alen Dumonjić
Not everybody agrees that Melvin Gordon is worth a first-round pick.


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