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Cowboys News: Teams Allowed To Speak With Tony Romo, 30 Visits Become Clearer

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The news of the day is that Jerry Jones will allow teams to meet and work out Tony Romo to facilitate a trade. Also, the 30 visits to the Cowboys show a pretty clear path.

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NFL Announces Key Dates For Cowboys' Offseason Program, OTAs - Dave Helman, Dallas Cowboys
The calendar has only just turned to April, but the NFL revealed the key dates for each club’s offseason programs on Monday afternoon.

Although many players have been working out at The Star for weeks, the official start date for the Cowboys’ offseason program is April 17, with Organized Team Activities slated for May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1 and June 5-7.

Source: Cowboys Notify NFL Teams They Can Contact Tony Romo To Discuss Trade - Dave Halprin, Blogging The Boys

The latest news concerning Tony Romo sounds like the Cowboys are still trying to work a trade.

The fact that the Cowboys have opened this up to all the other teams in the NFL is interesting.

Are thy doing that unilaterally? Are they trying to tempt Romo into accepting a trade from teams that might not be contenders this year? Or has Romo had a change of heart since he was seeing no action from the preferred destinations of Denver or Houston? Or, is this just another move by Jerry Jones to try and drive a trade market with Denver and Houston by making them think Romo could go elsewhere?

Teams given OK by Dallas Cowboys to contact Tony Romo - Todd Archer, ESPN

The Dallas Cowboys have granted teams permission to speak with veteran quarterback Tony Romo, sources tell ESPN, though the move does not change Romo's status on the team's roster.

The hope is that a trade could be facilitated if a reworked contract can be negotiated. Romo is set to make $14 million in 2017 and has base salaries of $19.5 million and $20.5 million in 2018 and '19.

Charles Harris, Takk McKinley among prospects to visit Cowboys - Charean Williams,  The Star-Telegram

The Cowboys will host 30 national prospects with some arriving Monday night. Their list includes a lot of defensive stars.

A handful of prospects will begin showing up at the facility tonight, with others scheduled for Tuesday night, some Wednesday night and others next week.

Ohio State cornerback Gareon Conley, Washington cornerback Kevin King, Wisconsin defensive end T.J. Watt, UCLA defensive end Takk McKinley, Michigan defensive end Taco Charlton, LSU cornerback Tre’Davious White, Clemson cornerback Cordrea Tankersley, Florida cornerback Teez Tabor, Florida cornerback Quincy Wilson, Villanova defensive end Tanoh Kpassagnon and UCLA cornerback Fabian Moreau are among those on the team’s list of 30 national visitors. Michigan safety Jabrill Peppers is not among prospects scheduled to visit with the Cowboys.

Damontre Moore's potential; what exodus of DBs means for Cowboys - Kate Hairopoulos, SportsDay
Beat writer Kate Hairopoulos likes to talk Dallas Cowboys. Here is some of the best from her recent live chats.

Question: Which of the Cowboys' new additions has the highest upside?

Hairopoulos: Damontre Moore is the obvious one, because the Cowboys are hoping taking a low-risk chance on him could reap big rewards. He's always had talent but hasn't been able to fully realize it because of maturity issues. Hopefully joining his hometown team and learning from previous mistakes will lead to a breakthrough for him. OT Byron Bell has substantial game experience. The Cowboys could well need to turn to him if Chaz Green can't stay healthy as Doug Free's replacement at right tackle.

Possible Pick: Houston Pass Rusher Tyus Bowser Is An Unsung Star - Dallas Cowboys Staff
With less than one month until the start of the 2017 NFL Draft on April 27, the staff of DallasCowboys.com intends to preview the landscape of possible Cowboys draft picks – from the first round to the last.

Key stat: There are a couple of things worth mentioning about Bowser. Firstly, the East Texas native played basketball during his first two years at Houston – so he is still fine-tuning the demands of football as his primary sport. Despite that, he finished with 21.5 career sacks in his four-year career. Second, Bowser’s got plenty of experience doing multiple things for a defense. He’s widely projected as a pass rusher, but he spent a lot of time dropping in coverage as more of a true linebacker during his time with the Cougars. That type of versatility should make him intriguing to both 4-3 and 3-4 schemes alike.

Dallas Cowboys Draft 2017: Why T.J. Watt Deserves Your Consideration At 28 - Michael Sisemore, Blogging The Boys
T.J. Watt has a chance to become the "right" edge rusher for the Cowboys in this class.

His athletic abilities and approach to becoming the best he can be are what will make him the ideal candidate for the Dallas Cowboys. They need the "right" rusher and this is the guy that should check all of those boxes for them. Rod Marinelli doesn’t get enough credit for his abilities to identify the best traits in players and showcasing them. What do you think he could make with a player who is progressing like T.J. Watt?

Dallas Cowboys' pre-draft visitors fill their defensive needs - Todd Archer, ESPN
The Dallas Cowboys will look at a lot of cornerbacks and a number of pass-rushers in their top-30 visits to The Star this week.

Jerry Jones is longing after a war-daddy, as he calls them, at defensive end. At No. 28, the Cowboys won’t have the chance to get a Myles Garrett or Solomon Thomas. McKinley, who had recent shoulder surgery, had 10 sacks and 18 tackles for loss last season. His injury could lead him to fall to the Cowboys. Watt, the younger brother of Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt, had a breakout season in 2016 with 11.5 sacks and 15.5 tackles for loss.

Was Jerry Jones thinking of Randy Gregory with plea to end NFL weed testing - Clarence Hill,  The Star-Telegram
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones used his power and influence at the NFL Owners meetings last week to lobby the other 31 owners to end testing for marijuana and off-field misconduct investigations, per a report.

Still, the issues are especially personal to Jones.

Defensive end Randy Gregory is serving a year-long suspension for repeated violations of the substance policy, stemming largely from his use of marijuana.

The only hope the Cowboys have of getting the 2015 second-round pick back on the field before next December is if the league changes its stance on marijuana, according to a source.

Updated Cowboys Pre-Draft Visit List Contains 23 Names, Now With Even More Cornerbacks - Dave Halprin,  Blogging The Boys

The Cowboys are concentrating on cornerbacks and defensive ends heading into the 2017 NFL Draft.

Just a quick look at that list and you can tell one thing right away, the Cowboys certainly aren't hiding their intentions heading into the draft. With the loss of four players in the secondary to free agency, and their annual issues creating a consistent pass rush, this is the kind of list you would expect.

There are quite a few cornerbacks listed that should be going either in the late first, or second round. Since we posted the list two days ago, we've added Tre'Davious White, Teez Tabor, Quincy Wilson, Fabian Moreau, and Tedric Thompson.