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Cowboys News & Notes: Greg Hardy Out, Rolando McClain & Morris Claiborne In?

Speaking at the Combine, the Cowboys brass explained some of their free agency plans.

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Dallas Cowboys: Indications are Cowboys won't re-sign Hardy, and it's the right decision - Brandon George, SportsDay
Cowboys' head coach Jason Garrett was ice-cold when discussing the soon to be free agent defensive end Greg Hardy.

When asked about free agent defensive end Greg Hardy's status Cowboys coach Jason Garrett simply said, "He's a free agent."

All indications from as far back as late last season are that the Cowboys aren't going to re-sign Greg Hardy. He was just too much of a headache off the field for the Cowboys for what he produced on the field. It's the right decision.

I will be shocked - not surprised - shocked if Greg Hardy returns to Cowboys - Babe Laufenberg, SportsDay
Babe Laufenberg, Dallas Cowboys radio color analyst and former NFL quarterback, answered your questions in a live chat Wednesday. What to do with Greg Hardy?

There is a lot of talk going back and forth with Hardy, but I will be shocked, not surprised, shocked if Hardy remains a member of the Cowboys.

Dallas Cowboys: Cowboys would like to re-sign Rolando McClain, Morris Claiborne - Jon Machota, SportsDay
Stephen Jones made it clear yesterday that the Cowboys would like to re-sign Rolando McClain and Morris Claiborne.

Jones said he thought McClain was more reliable and productive in his second season with the club.

"I think he's finding a niche here and hopefully we can figure something out," he said. "We'll be visiting with his agent while we're here."

In regards to Claiborne, Jones said he thought the sixth overall pick in the 2012 draft had his best season in 2015.

"He had his best offseason and his best year," Jones said. "Sometimes it just takes time for young guys to really figure it out in terms of what it takes to be a pro in this league."

Stephen Jones: Don’t expect the Cowboys to go after big ticket items in free agency - Clarence Hill, The Star-Telegram
The Cowboys have a number of needs they won’t be able to fill in the 2016 NFL Draft so they will try supplement things with help in free agency. However, don't expect any big fish signings.

"I’m not a big fan of free agency; I’ll be the first to admit it," Jones told reporters at the NFL Scouting Combine. "Unfortunately, good players get paid like they’re great players, average players get paid like they’re good players and it’s a domino effect. It’s not a great way to put your team together."


Garrett Confirms New Hire, New Position Titles For Cowboys Coaching Staff - Dave Helman, Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys coach took to the podium at the combine to discuss his new hires and a new title for Linebackers Coach Matt Eberflus.

"I think it is. Over the last four or five years, you see some teams doing that and really just kind of allows you to focus on that area," Garrett said. "Teams do it different ways. We thought having Matt Eberflus being the guy who oversees that backend in regards to the passing game, we thought that would be a good way for our defense to go. It’s been good here over the last couple of weeks."

Dallas Cowboys should focus on defensive help, QB at NFL Combine - Todd Archer, ESPN
The Cowboys have needs throughout their defense, so they could address anything on that side, and QB in the first round remains possible.

Since the Cowboys were 4-12 in 2015, you name the position, the Cowboys have a need. They need help at defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker, cornerback, safety, wide receiver, running back and quarterback. The biggest question will be if the Cowboys use the fourth pick in the draft at quarterback since Tony Romo turns 36 in April. Finding immediate help on an every-down basis at cornerback, defensive end and defensive tackle is a must in this draft. They can use free agency to fill roster holes before the draft so they can stay truer to their board.


Tony Romo’s company suing NFL, plans to depose Roger Goodell - Clarence E. Hill, The Star-Telegram
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and his National Fantasy Football Convention have no plans to back down on their lawsuit against the NFL for tortious interference in the canceling of last year’s event.

Not only are the two sides heading to court in Dallas on Monday for a hearing on a summary judgment on the NFL’s motion to dismiss the suit, but the lawyers for the NFFC have filed paperwork to depose league commissioner Roger Goodell.

Tony Romo Expected To Have Surgery In Next Few Weeks - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is expected to undergo surgery to help his oft-injured collarbone

According to sources Romo and the Cowboys prefer the Mumford procedure because it places less long-term stress on the bone. Whichever way he goes, it will be a minimum of six weeks recovery time, but given it will be the offseason expect the Cowboys to play it very safe with their franchise quarterback.

Cowboys Mock Draft V 3.0: No Trades But Cowboys Get Defensive Early & Often - Michael Sisemore- Blogging The Boys
BTB is back on the grind to make a mockery of the draft. With nine picks, the Cowboys have plenty of collateral to fill some holes and improve. D-E-F-E-N-S-E!

In Mockery III, we decided that trading back was just not an option as we need talent on this roster fast. So for this exercise, we will hold back the urge to stack more picks and just happily stick with what we have. The Cowboys have nine picks that can certainly start filling out the roster for 2016 with some fresh talent. Without further adieu, let's draft!

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