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Cowboys News: Dallas Interested In QB Josh McCown, Three Free Agent Edge Rushers Tagged

There seems to be some mutual interest for a backup quarterback between the Cowboys and Josh McCown. Plus, looks like all the free agent edge rushers are getting tagged.

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Report: Cowboys Have Interest In Josh McCown For Backup QB - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys
Reports are circulating that the Cowboys have talked to Josh McCown about coming to Dallas.

Even though Jerry Jones claims not to have made a decision on Tony Romo’s future, he’s not fooling anyone. The Cowboys will almost certainly trade or release Romo this offseason, it’s 99.9% certain that Romo will not serve as Prescott’s backup this year. Kellen Moore is a Scott Linehan favorite, but Dallas may be looking for a little more in case they need a backup quarterback at any point in the 2017 season. McCown certainly has plenty of experience starting games in the NFL. He will be 38 years old when the season starts, but, as Todd Archer explains, the Cowboys have done this before.

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Giants use franchise tag to keep Jason Pierre-Paul off the market - Sean Wagner-McGough, CBSSports.com
The pass rusher has notched 50 sacks in his career and he isn't going anywhere soon.

On Monday, as first reported by Pro Football Talk, the Giants used the franchise tag on Pierre-Paul. CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora confirmed that report, adding that they used the non-exclusive tag. If JPP and the Giants are unable to reach a long-term agreement by July 15, he’ll likely earn around $17 million next season assuming he signs the tender.

Chargers place franchise tag on Melvin Ingram - Chris Wesseling, NFL.com
Chargers' outside linebacker Melvin Ingram is the latest free agent to be slapped with the franchise tag. Are all of the best pass rushers off the market after Monday's news?

The two sides have until July 15 to negotiate a multi-year contract. If no agreement is reached, Ingram will play under the linebacker tender worth roughly $14.129 million for 2017.

No Surprise: Cardinals Franchise Tag Chandler Jones - Darren Urban, AZCardinals.com
The linebacker and the team have until mid-July to reach long-term extension should that be the path.

The tag for linebackers is expected to be around $15 million. It is a tender offer which Jones would still need to sign to guarantee that salary for 2017. The salary cap hit, however, immediately hits the books when the new league year begins March 9.

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Scout’s Eye: Broaddus Has 8 Prospects To Watch At Upcoming NFL Combine - Bryan Broaddus, Dallas Cowboys
The NFL Scouting Combine begins this week as teams descend upon Indianapolis for annual evaluations of the league’s best NFL Draft prospects.

Takkarist McKinley, DE/OLB, UCLA

Medical: McKinley will come into this Combine with a reported torn labrum and broken glenoid. Has come out recently and said he would have surgery post workout. Was likely a top-15 selection before the discovery of the injury and now could see his stock drop. Cowboys have a history of taking a shot on players that have talent if the doctors and trainers believe it’s worth the risk. Will be interested to hear what their finding uncovers.

Cowboys Pre-Draft Visitors: Which Draft Prospects Are Coming To Dallas This Year? - OCC, Blogging The Boys
The list of names the Cowboys invite for pre-draft visits to Dallas is usually a good indicator of what the Cowboys will do in the draft.

Over the last 10 years, nine of the Cowboys' 10 top picks in the draft all visited Valley Ranch as part of the Cowboys' official pre-draft visits. Anthony Spencer ('07), Felix Jones ('08), Jason Williams ('09), Dez Bryant ('10) and Tyron Smith ('11) were all brought in for pre-draft visits, while Morris Claiborne ('12) became the exception that proved the rule: Claiborne became the first Cowboys top pick since DeMarcus Ware in 2005 who wasn't invited to Valley Ranch prior to the draft. But the Cowboys got right back on track when they invited Travis Frederick ('13), Zack Martin ('14), Byron Jones ('15), and Ezekiel Elliott ('16) for an official visit.

Dallas Cowboys should focus on pass-rushers, cornerbacks at combine - Todd Archer, ESPN
The Cowboys could use reinforcements at just about every position, but the focus has to be on their defense.

Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn: A big part of the combine is the medical exams. The Cowboys have shown a willingness to take chances on players with durability concerns (such as Sean Lee and Jaylon Smith), and Lawson missed the 2014 season with a torn ACL and missed six games in 2015 with a hip injury. He had nine sacks and 13.5 tackles for loss in 2016 and forced a fumble. At 6-foot-2 and 253 pounds, he might be better suited as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme, but he has the quickness off the snap that Rod Marinelli wants in outside rushers.

3 Free Agents The Team Should Sign - Ryan Johnson, Cover32
March 7th is a big day for the Dallas Cowboys as they have the ability to start negotiating with unrestricted free agents.

Morris Claiborne: The best cornerback the Dallas Cowboys have had the past two seasons has been Morris Claiborne. After moving up in the 1st round to pick number six in the 2012 NFL draft, The Cowboys selected Claiborne. Hopes for Claiborne were sky high, some even thought he would be the next Deion Sanders, however, injuries plagued any hopes for Claiborne to be a star. In the past five years, Claiborne has missed thirty-three games due to injury. This is extremely odd considering he was very healthy in college. When Claiborne was on the field in 2016 for seven games, he was playing arguably the best football from any corner.

Cowboys 2017 NFL mock draft roundup: Could Dallas draft Jason Witten's heir? Or snag Jabrill Peppers? - SportsDay
The Cowboys may not have the fourth overall pick of the 2017 draft, but the team will still be looking to meet needs at several positions with the seven picks they have.

Gareon Conley, CB, Ohio State

"Dallas needs to find a pass-rusher more than anything, but in this scenario, the value just wasn't there. However, that wasn't the case at corner, where they land one of the more underrated top prospects in a deep class. Overshadowed by teammates Marshon Lattimore and Malik Hooker, Conley is a bargain here."

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More Honors For Jones; Owner To Receive Lifetime Achievement From SBJ - Nick Eatman, Dallas Cowboys
Add another award to Jerry Jones’ already-accomplished resume, one that has been bolstered here recently.

On the heels of his Pro Football Hall of Fame announcement, which will officially take place in August, Jones has also been named the recipient of the SportsBusiness Journal/Daily Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017. He will be officially honored May 24 at the Sports Business Awards in New York City.

Dallas Cowboys announce draft day parties, schedule for fans - David Humphrey, The Star-Telegram
The NFL Draft is April 27-29 in Philadelphia, Pa but the Cowboys will have plenty of festivities at the stadium to attend that weekend.

The Cowboys will be hosting three days of draft parties at The Star in Frisco.

The events begin at 5 p.m. on April 27, with activities on the Tostitos Championship Plaza. At 6 p.m., Ford Center opens with coverage of the first round. The Cowboys have the 28th overall pick.