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Cowboys News & Notes: New Hires On Coaching Staff, Alfred Morris A Free Agency Possibility?

The Cowboys have finally filled their vacancy on their coaching staff with a little more shakeup in duties. Also, a free agent running back who one Cowboys' favorite believes would be perfect.

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Mailbag: Any DTs Worth The No. 4 Pick? What About Alfred Morris? - Dallas Cowboys
Broaddus and Helman answer a few questions including a rival running back that may peak some Cowboys interest via free agency.

Bryan: I am interested to see what cheap is when it comes to Alfred Morris? Clubs might not have the desire to pursue him like they would Lamar Miller, Doug Martin and Matt Forte, but I do agree with you in the fact that he would be a nice consideration. I have always respected his game when I had to study him twice a year as an opponent. His running style is perfect for this scheme, but the last couple of seasons they have taken him off the field on third downs -- so I need to check and see why that’s the case? I am likely looking to draft a guy to pair with Darren McFadden instead of signing one of these free agent running backs.

Dallas Cowboys defensive end Jeremy Mincey has elbow surgery- Todd Archer-ESPN
Dallas' Jeremy Mincey, who did not have a sack last season while playing with an injured right arm, had surgery to remove bone chips in that elbow.

The question is whether it will be with the Cowboys or another team. Mincey did not have a sack in 2015, but he could not straighten out his right arm to help keep offensive linemen away. In 2014, Mincey led the Cowboys with six sacks. The coaches credited Mincey with 19 tackles, one tackle for loss and 15 quarterback pressures in 2015. He played in 14 games with six starts, including three of the first four while Greg Hardy served a four-game suspension.

Cowboys Free Agent 2016 Big Board: Which Linebacker Do You Want? - Danny Phantom- Blogging The Boys
Which linebacker should the Cowboys target in free agency? Here's a compiled list of some names to keep an eye on.

The talent of the 2015 free agent class of linebackers was rather scarce. When Rolando McClain is the leader of the pack, that is a good indication that you aren't going to get a crack at any elite level talent. Trying to find good quality amidst a bunch of mediocre players is a tough task, which could have led to the next observation - large fluctuation in contract values. The off-season grades are reasonably close to how well they performed last season. For example, the farther down you go in the grading, the more red you'll see in the ratings. What doesn't correlate so nicely is the how much they got paid. David Harris and Danny Lansanah were both given a 2.5 off-season grade, however Harris landed a huge contract and Lansanah was paid in gum. And this type of erratic variation was happening a lot with this group.

Roster Rundown: Gachkar Provided Solid LB Depth, Special Teams Play -Bryan Broaddus- Dallas Cowboys
The Broad One takes a look at a linebacker that gave the Cowboys some solid play and didn't show a ton of drop off from the starters.

Where He Fits: Was an upgrade for the team in several spots. Can line up and play all of the linebacker spots and there is not a huge dropoff in play. Wasn’t a liability as a player on special teams or coming off the bench. This was an area where they have had some issues in the past. Type of player you need on the 53-man roster that is not going to hurt you.

2016 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Cowboys Get Defensive- Daniel Jeremiah-
It looks like more and more folks are understanding that taking a quarterback may not be the best option with a contending team.

Myles Jack, OLB, UCLA

The Cowboys are in a great spot to draft Tony Romo's successor, but they could opt to load up and make a championship run in 2016.

How can Cowboys justify drafting a QB? Easy, just look at the rest of the NFC East -Tim Cowlishaw- SportsDay
If you think quarterback questions hover over the Cowboys this season, they are not alone in the NFC East.

And when you look at what Washington and Philadelphia are dealing with, it makes it even more obvious that the draft -- no matter how high, but preferably very high -- is the place for the Cowboys to go QB shopping this spring, not the free-agent market.

Dallas Cowboys won't have to play game of tag for a few years- Todd Archer- ESPN
It isn't surprising that the Cowboys won't have to use the franchise tag in 2016. They have no candidates. But they may not need it for years to come.

Who else? The Cowboys will have Zack Martin under the fifth-year option in 2018. La'el Collins will be going into his restricted free agent season, so they will have his rights too. Using the tag is not best for either side. The player hates it because they don’t have any long-term security. Clubs use it, but it can be prohibitive against them as well.

Cowboys 2016 Offseason Plan: Five Easy Steps For A Return To Winning - Dave Halprin Blogging The Boys
Everybody is doing a "five moves" list for the Cowboys, so we jump on board.

How to fix the 4-12 Dallas Cowboys for the 2016 season? The answer is something we've all been talking about since the season ended, and there is no consensus answer. Everybody has an idea on how to make 2015 a distant memory, an aberration on the road to the Cowboys returning to Super Bowl contention and fulfilling the promise of the 12-4 2014 season. Bill Barnwell outlined five moves the Cowboys should make this offseason and Todd Archer followed up with his take. Instead of commenting on theirs, I'll go ahead and present my five-step plan.

Greg Jackson Set To Join Cowboys’ Coaching Staff As Safeties Coach -Dave Helman- Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys look set to fill their coaching vacancy in the defensive backfield, as they intend to hire Greg Jackson.

Jackson comes to the Cowboys from the University of Michigan, where he coached defensive backs during the 2015 season. It’s no coincidence that he signed on with Jim Harbaugh, as he spent the four previous years as an assistant defensive backs coach on Harbaugh’s San Francisco 49ers staff.

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