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Cowboys News: Cowboys Continue To Strike Bargains In Free Agency

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The Cowboys are sticking to their free agent philosophy of plugging holes, looking for bargain deals, and staying 30 or under, though Nolan Carroll kind of breaks this last rule.

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Breaking down Cowboys free-agent deals so far - Todd Archer, ESPN

Archer gives the salary breakdowns on the deals for Terrance Williams, Nolan Carroll, Stephen Paea, Brice Butler, and Damontre Moore. The only one he's missing is the Jonathan Cooper signing from late yesterday. Terrance Williams is by far the most expensive, but his contract is also a bargain.

The first two years of the deal are fully-guaranteed, totaling $9.5 million. The Cowboys hold options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. Williams has escalators in the deal, topping out at $1.5 million each year if he has at least 80 catches, 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns in a season. He has never had more than 52 catches, 840 yards or eight touchdowns in a season.

Terrance Williams gets second chance to win over Dallas Cowboys fans - Jean-Jacques Taylor, ESPN

Speaking of Williams, Taylor gives him a nice write up and corrects a misconception about his catching ability.

Williams often catches the ball with his body, which can lead to drops when the ball bounces off his chest. Just so you know, Williams did not drop a pass last year in the regular season, and has dropped just eight in his career.

Oakland’s Michael Crabtree led the NFL with nine drops last season, according to Stats Inc.

Report: Cowboys Reach 1-Year Deal With Free Agent Guard Jonathan Cooper - Dave Halprin, BtB

Cooper was one of the team free agents I listed as likely to retain. Will he be able to beat out La'el Collins at left guard, or will he replace Joe Looney as the swing guard/center on game days? Either way, he hopefully increases the Cowboys' line talent.

Cooper was a first-round pick of the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 (seventh overall), but never was able to live up to those expectations. He was sent to New England in the Chandler Jones deal, then released and picked up by Cleveland. The Browns released him at the end of the season. That’s quite a fall for a guy who was once thought to be a huge talent at guard. We’ll see if the Cowboys coaches can fix him.

Cowboys Legend DeMarcus Ware Rides Off Into The Sunset - Dawn Macelli, BtB

Nice tribute to DeMarcus Ware. Too bad he didn't win his Super Bowl ring with the Cowboys.

Ware got close to becoming the only man in professional football history to record a second 20 sack season in 2011. He fell just a half sack short. The total left Ware at 99.5 for his career. It would not take long before he eclipsed the 100 sack mark. In the opening week of the 2012 campaign, Ware hauled Eli Manning to the ground twice. Fans were anticipating the inevitable point where their beloved pass rusher would get over the 20 sack hurdle once more, but it was not to be. DeMarcus played a large portion of the season while being impacted by both a hamstring injury suffered during the preseason and a shoulder injury late in the year.. Regardless, he once again got into double digits with 11.5 sacks.

Cowboys DE Charles Tapper: 'Right now I'm feeling better than I ever felt in my life' - DMN

Charles Tapper is feeling fine, and that is a good thing for Dallas.

I have a birth defect, it's called 'L5 pars defect.' ... Me not being in the best shape coming to the Cowboys was what happened to me. Coming from OU I was sitting about 275-280 [pounds]. So coming here I was about 280, 275 trying to play a five-technique. As we all know [Rod] Marinelli, he didn't like that. So he was running and running me. It's kinda more of a fatigue injury I would say than injury of any sorts. Right now I'm feeling better than I ever felt in my life condition-wise, core-wise, strength, flexibility and everything.

With Wide Receiver Position Covered, Will Cowboys Look To Improve At Tight End In Draft? - VAfan, BtB

This post generated a lively debate yesterday.

Instead of spending a top-three pick at wide receiver, might Dallas surprise by snatching a tight end high enough to be a true impact receiver going forward?

We know Dallas loves players with high SPARQ scores. In this tight end class, there are a lot of freakish SPARQ athletes at tight end.

Is handling of DeMarcus Ware from 2014 affecting Tony Romo in 2017? - Todd Archer, ESPN

From Archer's Five Wonders.

So as we wait for the Tony Romo era to come to an end with a release (likely) or a trade (not likely), I wonder if how the Cowboys handled Ware's departure in 2014 is playing a part in how they deal with Romo's departure in 2017. The Cowboys were ready to move on from Ware after 2013 in which he recorded just six sacks. They saw him as a declining player with too high of a salary-cap figure. Less than 24 hours after he was cut, he signed a three-year, $30 million deal that included $20 million guaranteed with the Denver Broncos. There were a number of contenders vying for Ware, but he opted for the Broncos and won a Super Bowl in 2015. It was a mutually beneficial relationship. Perhaps the Cowboys don't want to see Romo go on the market and sign right away with another team, so they wait for a trade.

As several of the writers on BtB have pointed out, Dallas has a lot of time to sit on Romo. Do his potential suitors?

Star Evaluation: Dan Bailey Remained Consistent, Clutch In The Kicking Game - Rob Philips, Dallas Cowboys

Dan Bailey is money.

What’s Been Good: Well, let’s start here: according to Pro Football Reference, Bailey ranks second all-time in career field goal percentage (89.52), trailing only Baltimore’s Justin Tucker (89.840). Bailey has been remarkably consistent since joining the Cowboys as a rookie free agent in 2011. He has appeared in every game of his six-year career, making 171 of 191 field goal attempts and a perfect 250 of 250 extra point tries. In 2016, although his 84.4 field goal percentage (27-of-32) was statistically the lowest of his career, he was 10-of-10 on field goals in the fourth quarter. He also drilled a career-high 57 touchbacks.

Will the Dallas Cowboys pursue free-agent DE Elvis Dumervil? - Patrik Walker, CBSSports

Dumervil doesn't fit the free agent profile for Dallas at 33, but he'll help some team as a rotational guy.

The 33-year-old Dumervil is one year younger than Ware and, like his future Hall of Fame counterpart, has built a legacy of destroying opposing quarterbacks. In his 10-year career, the former fourth-round pick has registered 354 total tackles and 99.0 sacks -- placing him in top 50 of NFL all-time sack leaders and only 1.5 sacks behind the incomparable Charles Haley.