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Cowboys News & Notes: Free Agent Visits Scheduled With Matt Moore, Cedric Thornton, Chris Long

Free agency opened and the Cowboys have been very quiet thus far. They do have a few visits scheduled for today, so maybe help is on the way.

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Cowboys Free Agency Rumor Tracker 2016 - Blogging The Boys
Your updated rumor and report trackers for all 2016 free agent activity that involves or affects the Dallas Cowboys.

Before we get into anything, make sure you are following our Free Agency Tracker over the next few days, with up to the minute reports on possible visits, rumors or signings.

Cowboys Expected To Visit With Matt Moore, Eagles DE Thursday; McClain To Re-sign - Nick Eatman, Dallas Cowboys
As to be expected, the start of the NFL’s free-agent signing period on Wednesday had the hallways of Valley Ranch looking very much like they did on Tuesday, and Monday and most of the last two months as well.

That being said, the Cowboys are expected to bring in two players for visits on Thursday. Quarterback Matt Moore, a veteran backup with the Panthers and Dolphins, is among the visitors who the Cowboys have interest in. The Cowboys are also planning to look at defensive end Cedric Thornton, who played in Philadelphia’s 3-4 scheme last year. Thornton is likely a versatile defensive tackle in the Cowboys’ scheme, who could play either of the defensive tackle spots in a 4-3 system.

Chris Long set to visit Dallas Cowboys - Todd Archer, ESPN
Dallas needs help at defensive end, and Chris Long, who has four sacks in his past 18 games and turns 31 in March, could offer some insurance.

Long missed four games last season and 10 in 2014 because of knee and ankle injuries, but he did not miss a game in his first six seasons with the Los Angeles Rams. From 2010-13 he had 41.5 sacks.

Cowboys' division rival, and many other teams, just broke the No. 1 rule of free agency - Rick Gosselin, SportsDay
Here's rule No. 1 in NFL free agency -- never sign a player on the opening day. That's when the crazy money is spent.

And the money has never been crazier than on the opening day of free agency Wednesday with the New York Giants leading the parade. New York gave defensive end Olivier Vernon a reported five-year, $85 million contract with $52.5 million guaranteed. They also gave cornerback Janoris Jenkins a five-year, $62.5 million deal with $29 million guaranteed.

Cowboys, Rolando McClain agree to one-year deal worth up to $5 million - Drew Davison, The Star-Telegram
Rolando McClain is staying with the Dallas Cowboys, his agency announced Wednesday morning.

A source confirmed that McClain and the Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $5 million. The deal is worth $4 million and McClain can earn an additional $1 million by playing in 75 percent of the defensive snaps.

New York Giants free agency tracker 2016: News, rumors, signings, updates and more - Ed Valentine, Big Blue View
Just look at all the money being spent by the Giants, will it work?

The Giants have finalized a deal with defensive end Olivier Vernon for five years and $85 million, a bank-busting $52 million of which is guaranteed. The Giants have signed four players, Vernon, Janoris Jenkins, Damon Harrison and Jason Pierre-Paul, costing $204.25 million with $114 million guaranteed to those players.

Dallas Cowboys Free Agency: Money For Nothing Keeps Cowboys Calm In Opening Of Free Agency - Michael Sisemore, Blogging The Boys
Free agency has opened up and all over the league, we are getting a grasp on who's going to be this year's big spenders. It certainly won't be the Cowboys.

Out of all those teams in the last 10 years of major free agency spending, the Eagles are the only one with a .500 record or better. That's pretty darn telling if you ask me. The Cowboys have been pretty honest in the past few seasons and especially the Jones'.

Free Agent Series: Mincey Pitched In At Multiple D-Line Spots In 2015 - Dallas Cowboys

At this point, signing Jeremy Mincey may be a must for this team as all the pass rushers are getting paid.

Rob: Perhaps Randy Gregory’s four-game NFL suspension increases Mincey’s likelihood of returning to Dallas. As it stands now, the Cowboys are very thin on pass rushers, with DeMarcus Lawrence, Gregory, David Irving andRyan Russell currently the only defensive ends under contract – and now Gregory must sit out the first month. For only the second time in his eight-year career, Mincey did not record a sack in a season, but he’s a good locker room guy who can hold up against the run. At 32, he’ll be interesting to see what his market value is.

Brandon Carr's deal is an example of what can go wrong in free agency - Jean-Jacques Taylor, ESPN
Free agency is a terrific way to fill some holes on a roster, but it's an awful way to try to regularly acquire impact players.

The Cowboys were in desperate need of a cornerback following the 2011 season, and they signed Carr to a five-year, $50 million deal, though he wasn’t even considered the No. 1 cornerback in Kansas City. The contract reeked of desperation. That contract still ranks seventh in total value and ninth in average salary per year among 203 cornerback contracts.

Cowboys would be making a mistake by not considering Kellen Moore as next year's backup QB - Babe Laufenberg, SportsDay
Babe Laufenberg is a fan of a backup quarterback, who would have thought?

"If you have been following me, I am a big Kellen Moore fan.  I would be more than happy to have him come to camp as my backup QB next year.  And I believe the Cowboys are making a mistake to not look at it the same way. That said, if they do not sign a veteran player, and they strike out in the draft on a QB, that leaves you with just two QBs, and that is not an enviable situation. But the more I watch and hear and study, the more I am hoping that Carson Wentz is available at No. 4."

LT has advice for the Dallas Cowboys- Kevin Casas - The Star-Telegram
Former TCU and NFL great LaDainian Tomlinson, now an analyst for NFL Network, said the Dallas Cowboys should pass on a quarterback with the No. 4 pick in the draft this season.

"They’ve got Tony Romo for probably three more seasons, there’s no reason to go there yet," said Tomlinson, who was one of the honored guests at Wednesday’s TCU Legends Luncheon at the Fort Worth Club. "My thing is there’s more things to address on the personnel side. So I think it’s a situation where you take the best player on your board, at that time, that’s not a quarterback."

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