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Cowboys News & Notes: The Murray Saga Lingers, And Tyrone Crawford Gets An Award

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Tyrone Crawford got some press lately.
Tyrone Crawford got some press lately.
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The DeMarco Murray story is still one of the main topics in the news.

Full breakdown of DeMarco Murray’s five-year contract with Philadelphia Eagles | Dallas Morning News

The real money in NFL contracts is the guaranteed amount. Here is what Murray is getting to go perform in the circus - uh, play for Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles.

Murray will receive $18 million fully guaranteed, including his 2015 and 2016 base salary. An additional $3 million of his 2017 base salary will become fully guaranteed on the third day of the 2017 league year. Murray received a $5 million signing bonus.

Jimmy Johnson Sees 'Himself' In Chip Kelly | BlackSportsOnline

Some stories are just wrong on so many levels. Jimmy Johnson has apparently been providing some advice to Kelly and the Eagles. Maybe that whole clash with Jerry Jones thing is still rankling. Or maybe he does see some legitimate parallels to his own start with the Cowboys.

"I really like what I have seen out of Chip Kelly. Chip called me and we visited a couple times, and what I heard from him, I liked. No one can say from the outside-right moves, wrong moves. You gotta let 'em play out. You won't know until you see the results. I felt I was right when I did the things I did, but who knew? I traded away my starting quarterback, Steve Pelluer, to Kansas City. The leading receiver, I don't remember his name [it was Ray Alexander] we got rid of. I talked toDanny White, and he retired. Then I traded Herschel Walker. You can't be afraid to make moves. Chip's not. So some of it is similar. But there is one big difference: We were the worst team in the league two years in a row [1988, 1989]. People were ready for a big change."

Cowboys' running back question not solved with Darren McFadden signing in DeMarco Murray's stead - ESPN Dallas

This should have been obvious from the beginning.

There's no way McFadden will be the only running back the Cowboys add to the roster this offseason. They'll add another in the second or third round, as this is considered one of the deepest running back drafts in years.

Then Garrett will let McFadden, the draft choice, Joseph RandleRyan Williams and Lance Dunbar compete for playing time behind one of the NFL's best offensive lines -- until the top three emerge.

Maybe the guy they add in the draft?

Does DeMarco Murray joining Eagles shift NFC East balance of power? - NFL.com

The idea of making any legitimate judgments about where teams stand after the first week of free agency is certainly arguable, but that is not going to stop writers from doing it. At least one of the four writers contributing, Elliot Harrison, takes a rational view of things.

I'm not sure DeMarco Murray affects much in the NFC East. After all, no one expected Dallas to do anything last year, so in order to say this move affected the "balance of power," we are almost assuming the Cowboys are the favorite to repeat. Moreover, Philadelphia just got rid of a running back who, frankly, has been more durable than Murray. Are we really ready to say Murray is a better player than McCoy? Remember who led the NFL in rushing in 2013? It wasn't Murray. It was Shady. This draft is quite deep at running back.

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The Cowboys still have some work to do to bolster the performance of the defensive line, but they also have a lot of confidence in Tyrone Crawford. He is getting a lot of attention for various reasons.

Tyrone Crawford to pick up Ed Block Award - ESPN Dallas

A sure sign that this is also an emerging leader on the team.

The award is picked by teammates and goes to the player who best exemplifies "the commitments to the principles of sportsmanship and courage,"

"It means a lot coming from our guys," Crawford said. "We're so close as a team and we've got guys that display a lot of courage in many different ways. For my teammates to think of me like that is huge. It's a huge honor to come here after guys like Tony RomoJason Witten and Barry Church the past couple of years."

Dallas Cowboys' Tyrone Crawford excited to face Philadelphia Eagles. - ESPN

No hard feelings between Crawford and Murray, but some hard hits are coming.

"Me and him we'd always kind of get into it in practice because he was drop his head, and I'd like hit him harder than I should have," Crawford said. "Now it's finally going to be for real."

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Dallas Cowboys have history of low risks paying off on big talents - ESPN

In signing Darren McFadden, the Cowboys were probably thinking a lot about how Rolando McClain came in to provide some immediate help. But McClain and McFadden are not the only players who were picked high in the draft by other teams that Dallas is trying to made work.

The Cowboys have three former first-round picks of other teams on their roster. Amobi Okoye, another Greengross client, was the 10th overall pick in the 2007 draft by the Houston Texans, but he has not played in a game since 2012. Brandon Weeden was the 22nd overall pick of the 2012 draft by the Cleveland Browns. Newly signed linebacker Keith Rivers was the ninth overall pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2008 draft.

Another running back in the mix to replace Murray, Ryan Williams, was a second-round pick (No. 38 overall) by the Arizona Cardinals in 2011, but injuries have limited him to five games in his career. He spent last year on the Cowboys' practice squad.

Cowboys 2015 Free Agents: Dallas Reportedly Looking Into Greg Hardy - Blogging The Boys

Dave Halprin covers the buzz about a player that the Cowboys may be interested in signing to help with the pass rush.

It sounds like the Cowboys are doing some due diligence in case time keeps passing and Hardy remains on the market.

Dispelling the myth that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones favors former Arkansas players | Dallas Morning News

Like it says, it's just a myth.

Only five players who finished their careers at Arkansas have ever appeared in a regular-season game for the Cowboys since Jones bought the team in 1989: running back Felix Jones, safety Ken Hamlin, linebacker Quinton Caver, quarterback Clint Stoerner and defensive lineman Jermaine Brooks. Three others - safety Chris Akins, cornerback Michael Coe and kicker Dan Bailey - once were enrolled at the university before transferring elsewhere. Bailey never even appeared in a game for the Razorbacks because of an unfortunate situation that nearly derailed his college career.

Scouting Report: White Has Slot Skills, Could Allow Scandrick To Shift Outside | Dallas Cowboys

Bryan Broaddus takes a look at recent signee Corey White and saw some things from the cornerback he liked.

He's best when he can play as a press man corner and out of the slot. His reaction quickness is better than his overall playing speed - he can be explosive for short bursts. Did a really nice job of cutting off Dez Bryant out of the slot when Bryant tried to get him with the out. Didn't allow Bryant to get the position to receive the ball. In these three games, he showed good reactions with short area foot and lateral quickness. I thought he needed to be more consistent in his ball reactions.

Mailbag: What Does The White Signing Mean For Moore?; Spending On Defense | Dallas Cowboys

Broaddus also explains why the team seems to prefer White to Sterling Moore.

You might feel that Sterling Moore was outstanding at his job and at times I would agree with you that he was, but there is so much more that goes into building these teams. It appears that way they feel about Moore as a complete player doesn't line up with what they want from the position which is why they feel the way they do about him.

Chris Canty, Anthony Spencer to visit Seahawks | ProFootballTalk

Seattle will host former Cowboys DE Chris Canty on Thursday and also has a meeting set up with Anthony Spencer.

Dallas Cowboys free agent CB Sterling Moore taking free agent visits to Pittsburgh, San Francisco | Dallas Morning News

Meanwhile, Moore is seeking a new gig.

Dallas Cowboys free agent cornerback Sterling Moore is flying to Pittsburgh on Monday night for a free agent visit with the Steelers on Tuesday, according to a source.

Moore also has a free agent visit set up Wednesday with the San Francisco 49ers, the source said.

Last week, Moore took a free agent visit to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

DeMaurice Smith re-elected NFLPA executive director - ESPN Dallas

There were some rumbles about the players being discontented with CBA and how much money the owners are getting without the players seeing similar benefits. But it wasn't enough for them to vote for a change.

In what many considered a referendum on the status quo, NFL player representatives voted to retain DeMaurice Smith as executive director of the union.

In voting Sunday by the player reps, it took just one ballot for Smith to gain his third three-year term in charge of the NFL Players Association.

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