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Aqib Talib: If Cowboys don’t want to keep Dez Bryant, ‘somebody’s getting a great player’ - SportsDay

High praise for Dez Bryant according to now Rams cornerback Aqib Talib.

Dez is one of the top guys in the league. You get that athleticism and that size and that confidence, man, it’s hard to find a package like that. He’s got it. I just played him last year and it was a run for my money all game. He scored a touchdown on me that game. Dez is a hell of a player. Wherever he’s at - it’s a business, this game, it’s unlikely for any guy to stay in the same place his whole career. He’ll probably in Dallas. If he’s not in Dallas, somebody’s getting a great player. That’s why Dallas is going to push to try to keep him because they know he’s a great player.

Cowboys 2018 free agency: Dallas should have interest in Paul Richardson - Ryan Ratty, BTB

If the Cowboys do decide to make moves, Paul Richardson should draw interest from America’s Team.

Adding a player like Richardson would be huge for a variety of reasons. For starters, the addition of Richardson would allow the Cowboys to look elsewhere at the beginning of the draft. It would also give Dak Prescott and the Cowboys a unique combination of size and speed. Richardson can play either inside or outside and if he can stay healthy, he could really be a nice piece in the Cowboys’ offense.

It seemed that Dallas wanted to continue to give Brice Butler more opportunities in the 2017 season. But his tendency to drop passes and run the wrong route kept him from those opportunities. With Richardson, the Cowboys could get a fourth receiver involved to go along with Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, and Cole Beasley.

NFL draft preview: There’s no Myles Garrett this year, but plenty of edge rushers could still tempt Cowboys - Dane Brugler, SportsDay

No, there’s no Myles Garrett in this class, but who can be a pass rusher for the Cowboys to target in April? Brugler is high on former Boston College Eagles EDGE Harold Landry.

Over the last four seasons, only three college players have recorded three, three-sack games: Landry, Myles Garrett and Derek Barnett (Garrett and Barnett were both drafted in the top 15 picks last year).

Landry (6-2, 252) isn’t the ideal size the Cowboys’ front office and coaching staff prefer, but his pass-rush traits translate to any scheme. Landry hits his top gear immediately off the snap with outstanding edge flexibility, dip and cornering moves, and he has the combine numbers to match (4.64 40-yard dash, 6.88 three-cone drill, 1.59 10-yard split).

Although he has hiccups matching up as an edge-run defender, Landry is cut from the same cloth as Vic Beasley, boasting the three B’s (burst, bend, body control) desired in a speed rusher. Don’t rule him out as an outside-the-box possibility at No. 19.

The Cowboys aren’t wrong to stand still while the rest of the NFL makes moves. Here’s why... - Dane Brugler, SportsDay

Worried or frustrated that the Cowboys are not making any moves? Brugler says the Cowboys aren’t making the wrong decision in “standing still”.

Have the Cowboys had the worst offseason of any NFC East team so far?

Brugler: That’s like the Cowboys starting 2-2 next season while the Eagles and Giants started 3-1 and saying the Cowboys had the worst start of the season in the division. Technically true, but it means nothing. The Cowboys haven’t been active up to this point, but I have no problem with that. They kept their best defensive lineman on the roster with the franchise tag and have discussed locking up the best guard in football. We’ll see what moves they make in free agency and the draft - that’s what will determine who “wins” the offseason and ultimately in the fall.

Two-Round 2018 NFL Mock Draft: Browns still take QB No. 1 after Tyrod Taylor trade - RJ White, CBS Sports

White’s latest mock draft is pretty interesting for the Cowboys. What are the odds that the draft’s top linebacker prospect falls to pick 19?

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Roquan Smith, LB, Georgia. Smith ran well at the combine as expected, logging the second-best 40 time at his position at 4.51 seconds. The Cowboys would be thrilled for him to fall this far, as he gives them a complement to Jaylon Smith at the linebacker position for years to come.

White then has the Cowboys taking Jason Witten’s eventual replacement in round two.

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Hayden Hurst, TE, South Carolina. The first tight end finally comes off the board, as the Cowboys get a good all-around tight end to eventually take over for Jason Witten.

Cowboys Defense: Bigger Need at Safety or Defensive End? - Sean Martin, Inside The Star

Which is a bigger need for Dallas: safety or defensive end? Martin weighs in.

With Tank and Taco rushing off of the strong side, and Benson Mayowa already released by the team, the Cowboys should still be in the market for their next great RDE. The days of relying on Randy Gregory to ever become this player are unfortunately over in Dallas, although he is eligible to apply for reinstatement.

Stopping here with their overall commitment to getting better in the trenches on both sides of the ball would not be smart for the Cowboys, and adding another talented pass rusher to join this solid group could have huge implications for this defense.

Dallas Cowboys: Three free agents that make sense - Tyrone Starr, The Landry Hat

Could Kenny Vaccaro come to the Big D?

He is a perfect fit for Dallas for a few reasons.

For one, it appears Dallas has an open spot at the position as they are moving Byron Jones to corner. For another, Vaccaro will likely be in the money range the Cowboys can afford.

Vaccaro is not a sexy name like Earl Thomas or Tyrann Mathieu but he is a good player. Would a four year deal worth $24 million be enough to lure him home?

Why Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy says Dak Prescott should be the least of the Cowboys’ worries - SportsDay

Tony Dungy tells Cowboys fans to calm their worries about Dak Prescott.

Dak Prescott is going to be just fine. I had a chance to spend some time with him at the beginning of the year last year for NBC. He’s got his head on right, he’s a talented guy, he’s a hard worker, he’s a leader, I think he’s going to be just fine and that would be the least of my worries if I was the Cowboys. I expect him to come back and have a wonderful year, but again you’re right. It’s going to take the offensive line, it’s going to take Ezekiel Elliott being there all year, it’s going to take Dez Bryant and that receiving corps playing like they can play. If those pieces are in place, Dak Prescott is going to drive the train just fine.

Fox pursuing Cowboys TE Jason Witten to be ‘Thursday Night Football’ analyst - Michael McCarthy, Sporting News

FOX is making a play for Jason Witten to move into the broadcast booth. Guess they don’t know he still plans to play football in 2018.

You can never have enough Cowboys in an NFL TV booth, so it seems. Fox Sports is targeting tight end Jason Witten to become its new “Thursday Night Football” analyst, sources tell Sporting News.

Fox and ESPN spent February pursuing Peyton Manning to call “TNF” and “Monday Night Football,” respectively, offering him an unprecedented $10 million a year. But if Manning doesn’t want to do TV, the 35-year-old Witten could step right off the playing field and into the TV booth for Fox.

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