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Cowboys News & Notes: The Tony Romo Watch Drags On

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Plus all the other news you need to know, because that is really not the only story going on. Even if it seems like it.

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Jerry Jones has Tony Romo's 'interest at the top of my list' as Cowboys QB mulls future - Jarrett Bell, USA Today

The Houston Texans, along with the Denver Broncos, are seen as the most likely landing spot for Tony Romo when and if he does find a new team. But that remains in limbo. And the owner of the Texans has a surprising amount of sympathy for the situation the Cowboys are in.

Texans owner Bob McNair, who got burned in last year's Brock Osweiler gamble, clearly has a sense of the Romo dynamics in play with Jones.

"He saw the trade we made," McNair told USA TODAY Sports, alluding to the startling deal that sent Osweiler, his $16 million salary for 2017 and a second-round pick to the Cleveland Browns in a pay dump. "(Jones) wants to make a trade. I understand that.

"But he's between a rock and a hard place with that."

Only 1 person said anything remotely interesting about Tony Romo at the NFL owners meetings - Jeanna Thomas, SBNation.com

And that one person was reporter Ian Rapaport. All the people who are parts of actual teams didn't say anything, because THEY AREN'T ALLOWED TO under NFL anti-tampering rules.

Plenty of questions were asked about Romo, but everyone had little to say.

Why the Cowboys' new Tony Romo deadline doesn't make sense - Todd Archer,  ESPN

Archer points out a very legitimate reason why the Cowboys really can't stretch the Romo drama out indefinitely.

While the offseason program, which starts April 17, and organized team activities are voluntary, there is nothing stopping Romo from showing up at The Star for workouts, which would put him at risk of injury. If he were to get hurt, the Dallas Cowboys would be on the hook for his $14 million base salary. Do you think the Cowboys would like to see Romo on the squat rack ready to lift some heavy weights?

At least this part of Cowboys QB Tony Romo's future is certain - SportsDay Staff

It may mean absolutely nothing. But after largely avoiding the other sport he loves so much for some time, Tony Romo is publicly hitting the links again.

Romo will spend Thursday through Sunday golfing in the Azalea Invitational in Columbia, South Carolina.

How long can the Cowboys really expect Jason Witten to keep playing? - Jon Machota, SportsDay

Brandon George and Jon Machota had a discussion about the contract extension for Jason Witten and the future of the tight end position for the Cowboys. Before you get too worried about whether the Senator really has anything left in the tank, I suggest you look back at the Dak Prescott highlight video included in Wednesday's news post, and see just how open Witten was on so many of those plays.

George: You should know by now not to doubt Jason Witten. This guy's the golden standard in the locker room. He's missed one game in his career.

How Can Dak Prescott Improve? With The Same Approach He’s Had, Garrett Says - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys

At the NFL Annual Meeting, Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett spoke about how Dak Prescott could go about successfully following up his stellar rookie season. And along the way, as he tends to do, he delivered another one of his mini-motivational speeches.

"The thing that I would urge him to do is continue to go about it the way he has," Garrett said. "He's always prepared, he's always ready for any situation, he's got great poise and composure. He has great confidence in himself and he's able to transfer that confidence to the people around him.

"The expectations that we have are all our own expectations, the standards that we have for how we go about things each and every day as coaches, as players and as a football team. Obviously there are a lot of external expectations that we're all confronted with in life, but our focus is on the stuff that we need to do. The standards that we have and the expectations that we have for ourselves are higher than anybody else."

Why Jerry Jones Believes "There Is Opportunity There For Us" In The Draft - Rob Phillips, Dallas Cowboys

Jerry Jones feels that the draft is the best way to improve the team, particularly the defense, this year. And he indicates that the team may avoid the high risk/high payoff type moves they have made recently, which is probably a very good thing.

"Drafting a player this year that is going to be redshirted high (in the draft), with some of our needs, that gets problematic a little bit, doing a Jaylon (type of pick) this year when we probably are going to get a chance to get a player that's got a chance to play. It's causing us to do generally, from our draft class last year, as well as what we anticipate this year, we've got to play young."

Jerry Jones unafraid of NFC East improvement, says Cowboys better too - Clarence Hill, The Star-Telegram

There is a bit of concern among fans about the rest of the NFC East getting better while the Cowboys may be standing still or even regressing. Jerry Jones begs to differ.

"It's not a surprise," Jones said. "It was expected we would be dealing with improving teams in our division. But I feel, and this isn't just arm waving or blind optimism, but I feel at the end of the day when we get to training camp we will be an improved team from where we were last year. We want to get better. We have room to get better. It's competitive. It was pretty evident that any improvement is stepping in the right direction relative to the kind of year we had last year."

Star Evaluation: Frederick Set Up To Anchor O-Line For Years To Come - David Helman, Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys scored one of the greatest draft coups of all time in Dak Prescott, but before that, the best draft find of recent years was probably Travis Frederick. After a lot of derision over the pick when it was made, the league has since learned to fear the beard.

Criticism rained down on the Cowboys the moment they drafted Frederick No. 31 overall back in 2013. Plenty of people thought he was a reach in the first round. There were even people who said he was a Day 3 pick.

Frederick heard the criticism, and he has used it to fuel one of the best careers in his entire draft class. The Cowboys plugged the Wisconsin native in as the starting center on Day 1, and he has lived up to that promise at every turn. Since he took the field for the Cowboys, he has yet to miss a start - and he has been effective in all of them.

Barry Church: I'd be lying if I said Stephen Jones' recent comments didn't bother me - SportsDay Staff

Barry Church was a stalwart of the Cowboys' secondary, but he is gone now. And he had a personal reaction to recent comments from Stephen Jones indicating that they were ready to move on in the secondary.

"I'd be lying if I sat there and said, like, 'Nah, that didn't bother me at all,'" Church said on the Dennis & Cowlishaw show [KESN-FM 103.3], "but it's a part of the game. It's a part of the business of the NFL. You gotta know that you can't really take much of it personal, even though, for a second there I kind of felt like it was a jab, but, hey, they gotta do what they gotta do. It's their organization. You feel like they're making the best decision to go forward, and hey, I can't do anything about it now, so best of luck to them."

San Antonio Possible Temporary Home For Raiders Before Moving To Las Vegas? - Nate Bouda, NFLTradeRumors

San Antonio seems like a good location for an NFL franchise, and a temporary stay by the Raiders would give them another chance to show how they could support a permanent franchise, as the games played by the New Orleans Saints there did. But Jerry Jones, who was so instrumental in getting the Raiders to Vegas, considers San Antonio Cowboys territory, and would likely be hard to sell on this idea.

According to Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Daily News, San Antonio could serve as a temporary home for the Raiders, depending on how things go in Oakland this season.

Bonsignore says that it's possible the Raiders could have a one-year stay in San Antonio for the 2018-2019 season before moving into their brand new stadium in Las Vegas.

The 2017 NFL draft’s All-Name Team, led by Jake Butt, Raekwon McMillan, and Dee Liner - Jason Kirk, SBNation

This is just here because, well, it should make you laugh. Some great names coming out of college this year.

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