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For the second straight year, the Cowboys are the world's most valuable sports franchise. Also, John Clayton has some strong predictions for Tony Romo's career.

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Forbes Ranks Cowboys As World’s Most Valuable Sports Franchise - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys
The Dallas Cowboys are the world’s most valuable sports franchise of 2016, according to Forbes magazine.

Forbes’ annual valuation rankings list the Cowboys at No. 1 ($4 billion), followed by Real Madrid ($3.65 billion), Barcelona ($3.55 billion), the New York Yankees ($3.4 billion) and Manchester United ($3.32 billion).

John Clayton: Ezekiel Elliott Will Be Rookie Of The Year; Tony Romo Retires In 2018 - OCC, Blogging The Boys

John Clayton’s three-year predictions for the Dallas Cowboys have Ezekiel Elliott as the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2016, and Tony Romo retiring by 2018.

By 2018, the Cowboys will have to go into a rebuilding mode. Tony Romo could be retired by then. While they will still have a great offensive line for years to come, the defense won't have much talent left.

Dallas Cowboys finalize rookie signings with Maliek Collins' deal - Todd Archer, ESPN

Maliek Collins, the Nebraska defensive tackle taken in the third round, became the last of the Cowboys' nine draft picks to agree to a contract.

The Cowboys had their other eight draft picks signed by May 31, but with negotiations for early third-round picks across the league hitting some sticking points this year, it took some time to settle the deals for Collins and others.

Have dinner with Dallas Cowboys Tony Romo, Jason Witten and help Dallas shooting victims - Jay Betsill, The Star-Telegram

The Dine for Dallas Blue fundraiser at Dos Jefes on Thursday features an impressive list of sports auction items to raise money for the families of the slain and injured officers.

If you’ve ever dreamed of having dinner and talking football with Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo and tight end Jason Witten, well, here’s your chance: That prize will headline a fund-raising auction Thursday night in Dallas called "Dine for Dallas Blue."

Best of all, 100 percent of the proceeds from the event will go to help the families of the fallen officers from last week’s Dallas shootings.

Cowboys CB Brandon Carr hasn't played nearly as poorly as his critics have charged in recent years - David Moore, SportsDay

Brandon Carr sure tends to get a bad rap with Cowboys' fans, he's not nearly as bad as some people think.

Carr led all cornerbacks in tackles with 71. He finished third on the team with eight passes defensed and was one of only two players on the entire defense to recover a fumble.

20 Questions: Can Cowboys Expect Gregory To Produce After Suspension? - Staff, Dallas Cowboys
The staff writers at DallasCowboys.com – Rob Phillips, David Helman, Nick Eatman and Bryan Broaddus – are attempting to answer 20 pressing questions as the team gets ready for camp and the 2016 season.

Bryan Broaddus: I have been very critical of Randy Gregory this offseason. I’ve said that I don’t believe that he loves football and from my experience in this league when that’s the case – it’s extremely hard to play. Despite all the red flags pre-draft, this front office felt strongly enough about him not only as a player but a person as well to make him part of this organization. But this decision was not without plan - they went out of their way to try and help make his transition into the NFL a smooth one. Where the plan has failed is that Gregory has took it upon himself to do what was best for him and not the team so he will miss the first four games of the season. What bothers the most about Gregory and his decision making is not the failed tests but the fact that he told Jason Garrett on that Draft Night he’d not have to worry about him. Count on him? Not likely from what I’ve seen so far.

A Bleak Future For The Cowboys? A Closer Look At The Roster Says It May Not Be So - Tom Ryle, Blogging The Boys
Some recent articles suggest the cupboard will be really bare by 2018, but a look at the roster and contracts offers a different perspective.

So here is another bold prediction: Prescott is going to emerge by 2018 as the heir, andJameill Showers will have been retained as the spare. With Elliott as the lead running back, they both offer size, athleticism, and their own running ability to allow the Cowboys to be effective even without being the same type of quarterback that Romo is. And there are two more drafts to work with, as well. The dismissive remark that there is no succession plan disregards what the team was doing during the draft, assumes that the players on hand are not going to work, and ignores two more drafts to work on things.

NFC East Q&A: Hottest seats belong to Sam Bradford, Jerry Reese - Staff, ESPN
Whose job isn't safe in the NFC East? ESPN's reporters are watching Sam Bradford, Jerry Reese, Jason Garrett and Jay Gruden.

Todd Archer, Dallas Cowboys reporter: Since there are two new head coaches in Ben McAdoo and Doug Pederson, and Jay Gruden is coming off a division title, it comes down to three people: Cowboys coach Jason Garrett, Eagles quarterback Sam Bradford and Giants general manager Jerry Reese. New York ownership made their feelings clear that the departure of Tom Coughlin wasn’t so much about the coach but about the lack of talent added to the roster in recent years. Reese is responsible for that, and you saw his reaction this offseason by going on a spending spree in free agency (Olivier Vernon,Janoris Jenkins, Damon Harrison). In the draft, Eli Apple was something of a curious pick but Sterling Shepard seems like a nice addition. Garrett is the longest-tenured coach in the division and has a .500 record over his five years with one playoff appearance. Jerry Jones is not known for patience but he has been patient with Garrett. He is in the second year of a five-year deal, so Jones might be willing to be more patient even if the fan base isn’t. To me, Bradford is the answer. He signed a two-year deal and the Eagles drafted Carson Wentz in the first round. If you think Bradford will be booed in the first quarter of the first game of the season, take the under.

The five best Dallas Cowboys RBs of all time, ranked: We know 1-2, who's in the 3-4-5 spots? - Staff, SportsDay
SportsDay DFW ranks the Five best Cowboys' running backs in history, 1-2 are easy but what about 3, 4, and 5? Two opinions I think both insightful and hilarious:

Machota: Too early to put Ezekiel Elliott in the top 5? OK, I'll leave him out. He'll be there soon enough.

Gosselin: When the Cowboys run the ball, as they did with Smith and Dorsett, they win Super Bowls.

Wrapping Up The Offseason: Did The Dallas Cowboys Improve At Linebacker? - Michael Sisemore, Blogging The Boys
Before the dead zone is over and the Cowboys head out to Oxnard, we ask if they have improved from 2015 to 2016?

This is a resounding no because their draft pick can't play, their middle linebacker is suspended, and they have a ton of so-so talent-level players competing for a very important position. You can't pick up a quality MIKE off the street. The Cowboys either need to search the waiver wire and bring back Justin Durant or figure something out. I would venture to say that right now their linebacker position is worse than 2015. Right now, it's Sean Lee and a class of misfits.