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Dallas Cowboys News & Notes: DeMarco Murray Remains Atop Cowboys To-Do List

Latest Cowboys headlines: After signing Doug Free, DeMarco Murray is the biggest priority on the Cowboys to-do list; Coboys linked to defensive linemen and running backs in free agency; Jermey Parnell and George Selvie attracting interest.

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Dallas Cowboys Sign RT Doug Free To Three-Year Deal Worth $15 Million - Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys valued veteran leadership over youth and signed Doug Free as their right tackle for the next three years. Free's three-year deal is worth $15 million, with $6 million guaranteed. The deal will have a $3 million cap hit in 2015.

Doug Free signing leaves Stephen Jones with one big priority on his to-do list | David Moore, Dallas Morning News
The Cowboys have repeatedly said that Dez Bryant, DeMarco Murray and Doug Free are their top free agency priorities. Which leaves Murray at the very top of their to-do-list.

Agent's Take: What the asking price should be for DeMarco Murray -
Joel Corry, former sports agent, looks at what the target asking prices for the top free agents should be. Here's his take on Murray:

Contract Package: 5 years for $37.5 million, $20 million guranteed

I've spoken to a few NFL team contract negotiators I dealt with as an agent recently to get their take on Murray's next contract. The consensus among the negotiators was a deal consistent with the 2012 running back marketplace is appropriate for him. In 2012, six running backs (Matt Forte, Arian Foster, Marshawn Lynch, LeSean McCoy, Ray Rice and Jonathan Stewart) signed four- or five-year deals averaging between $7 million and $9 million per year with $17 million to $23 million in guarantees. The average of these six deals is approximately $7.85 million per year, with $20.1 million in guarantees.

Dallas Cowboys won't tender Sterling Moore - Todd Archer, ESPN Dallas
Sterling Moore is a restricted free agent, but the Cowboys won't tender him a contract. This means Moore is allowed to sign elsewhere, potentially making an already thin cornerback unit even thinner.


Where Do The Cowboys Stand Going Into Free Agency? - Blogging The Boys
Tom Ryle offers a State Of The Union-type rundown of what's what regarding where things stand with the salary cap and potential free agent signings. Read it quickly; it may already be in old news in a few hours.

Cowboys 2015 Free Agency Rumors: Stephen Paea, C.J. Spiller Among Names Connected To Dallas - Blogging The Boys
Bears defensive tackle Stephen Paea and Bills running back C .J. Spiller are among the players the Cowboys reportedly are interested in during free agency.

Are Dallas Cowboys Pursuing Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Adrian Clayborn? - Blogging The Boys
According to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler, defensive end Adrian Clayborn could be on the Cowboys' free agency radar. Could Clayborn see a career-revival in Dallas, where the coaches have shown a penchant for succeeding with reclamation projects?


George: Numerous reasons you can rule out a free agent spending spree for Cowboys | Dallas Morning News
Brandon George opens his article with a righteous slap in the face for anybody who's speculated about Ndamukong Suh or any other big-name free agent coming to Dallas.

Over the last two months, Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones has told anyone who will listen that Dallas plans to be efficient in free agency. That should come as no surprise to anyone who has paid attention to the Cowboys the last two offseasons.

Can't afford big-ticket NFL free agents? Check out these value players -
Pete Prisco provides a cheaper alternative for every big-ticket free agent. For the Cowboys, two of the value players propose could hold some interest:

Edge Rusher: Jabaal Sheard, Browns. He was miscast as a 3-4 outside linebacker, but I see him going to a 4-3 team to play with his hand on the ground. He did that his first few seasons in Cleveland and had 8½ sacks as a rookie in 2011 and then seven in 2012. Injuries slowed him the past two seasons, but he is worth a look as a 4-3 rush end. Could he be had for $5 million to $6 million a season?

Cornerback: Buster Skrine, Cleveland Browns. The idea was Skrine would play nickel or take a seat after Justin Gilbert came in the first round last year. But Skrine beat him out and had a solid season. There were moments where he struggled, but he was solid for much of the season. At 26, he is a starting-caliber corner.

The free agency bargains |
Peter King adds two more names to the mix:

Edge rusher: Akeem Ayers, New England (Age 26) Flashed early in his Titans career but got caught up in scheme/coaching changes. Showed enough after trade to Patriots that he can play smart as an edge player in just about any scheme with the right coaching staff.

Cornerback: Walter Thurmond, New York Giants (Age 28) Showed good inside/outside versatility in winning a Super Bowl with the Seahawks but had to settle on a one-year deal with the Giants. A torn pec muscle ended his ’14 season quickly. A good player who shouldn’t cost much.

Free agency guide: Cowboys weigh options with Murray, Dez | Clarence Hill, Star-Telegram
Hill offers a six-point checklist for the Cowboys entering free agency on Tuesday. Here's the fifth point, "getting the money right."

The Cowboys head into free agency with roughly $2 million in cap space after the Dez Bryant franchise tag and the Cole Beasley and Doug Free deals. They need money for restricted tenders and to sign the draft class, as well as for free-agent moves. Look for Brandon Carr to take a pay cut or be cut. They will likely restructure Tyron Smith’s contract. Look for them to resist restructuring Tony Romo and his league-high cap figure until they absolutely have to and/or an important signing is afoot.


Report: Minnesota Vikings Reach Out To George Selvie - Daily Norseman
Ben Goessling of ESPN is reporting that the Vikings have expressed interested in Dallas Cowboys' defensive end George Selvie.

2015 Redskins Free Agency: Redskins Interested in Dallas Cowboys OT Jermey Parnell - Hogs Haven
Dallas had two RT's entering free agency and chose to re-sign Doug Free, leaving Jermey Parnell to sign elsewhere, and the Callahan connection gave rise to speculation that the Redskins would go after whichever tackle the Cowboys didn't re-sign.

There is expected to be a lot of interest in Parnell with a weak OT free agent class, and the market price is starting to be set before free agency officially begins. Will the Redskins be willing to spend to fix the right side of the line?

Jermey Parnell drawing Buccaneers interest in free agency - Bucs Nation
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers need to shore up their offensive line, and one of the players they're likely target is offensive tackle Jermey Parnellper Mike Garofolo.

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