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Cowboys news: Dallas signs free agent receiver Deonte Thompson, Romo talks about Dez

The Cowboys signed a veteran receiver,

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Cowboys Add Receiver Depth, Sign Veteran Deonte Thompson To Deal -Rob Phillips- Dallas Cowboys
The Cowboys added a veteran receiver, Deonte Thompson, on a one-year, $2.5 million deal; he brings a bit of speed to the offense.

Thompson, 26, [29] has played six seasons with the Ravens, Bills and Bears, catching 77 passes for 1,032 yards and 4 touchdowns. The speedy wideout has also returned 82 kickoffs in his career for a 24.8-yard average. Thompson [is] one of four free-agent receivers who were scheduled to take official visits with the Cowboys (Allen Hurns, Dontrelle Inman and Justin Hunter). Hurns visited Wednesday and reportedly has interest from other teams as well. Thompson is the second free agent to sign with the Cowboys since the new league year began last week.

Cowboys break free-agency ice but look to make splash in the draft - Todd Archer- ESPN
By now, we should know, the Cowboys have a draft-heavy preference when building their roster.

They have not been big players in the market since 2012. Last week, though, they made a bid to sign Sammy Watkins, but were not able to close the deal. Watkins opted to take the Kansas City Chiefs’ three-year, $48 million offer.

The Cowboys have not gotten the money out of the deals they have signed even with the low-cost approach. They have not been willing to pay good players great player money even if that is part of doing business these days.

Dallas Cowboys' 2018 free agency: Deonte Thompson marks start at WR - Todd Archer- ESPN
What does the Thompson signing mean?

What’s the risk: There isn’t any. It’s not the sexy move that signing Sammy Watkins would have been, but Watkins had just one more catch than Thompson last year and is set to make $16 million per year. Thompson will make $2.5 million with Dallas. The Cowboys have taken a low-key approach to free agency, and Thompson falls in line with their approach in the last few years. The financial commitment does not remove them from drafting a wide receiver early, but they at least have some cover if things don’t fall their way in April.

Center Travis Frederick's contract restructure is official -Clarence Hill- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
The Dallas Cowboys needed cap space to make the signings of linebacker Joe Thomas and receiver Deonte Thompson official so they restructured center Travis Frederick's contract to get some room.

The Cowboys converted most of Fredericks’ $10 million base salary into a signing bonus, freeing up roughly $7 million in space under the 2018 salary cap, according to a source.

The room was necessary to make the signings of linebacker Joe Thomas and receiver Deonte Thompson official, while also giving them space for any more prospective signings.

The team hosted eight free agents this week and remain interested in the group.

What Cowboys free agency means for Dez Bryant | SportsDay
The Cowboys have finally signed free agents, what effect, if any, does it have on current roster players.

Brandon George: No, I don’t see any of the four receivers who have made free-agent visits with the Cowboys this week impacting Dez Bryant’s status. The one that would come the closest would be Allen Hurns if the Cowboys can sign him, but he has a strong market. Hurns said as many as 10 teams have already expressed interest in him after his release Tuesday from Jacksonville.

Possible Pick: This Iowa Linebacker Was A Tackling Machine For 4 Years | Dallas Cowboys
You just get the feeling that linebacker Josey Jewell is the type of player that the Cowboys will love.

He’s a tackle machine, first and foremost. Jewell’s 11.3 tackles per game as a senior was the fourth-highest average in the country, according to Iowa’s web site. He projects as a middle linebacker in a 4-3 scheme like Dallas’, and the Cowboys need depth there even with Jaylon Smith progressing and veteran Joe Thomas signing as a free agent this week. Given the time Sean Lee missed due to injury last season and the subsequent free-agent departures of Anthony Hitchens and Kyle Wilber, the team seems likely to add more numbers to the linebacker position in the draft.

Will Cowboys get more compensatory draft picks in 2019? -Dave Halprin- Blogging The Boys
The Cowboys got four comp picks this year, Is there a chance they could get some comp picks in 2019 as well?

Right now, the Cowboys are looking at one comp pick (for Anthony Hitchens) in the 2019 draft, and it doesn’t look like they’ll have a lot more compensatory free agents to boost that number.

Look over the list at the top of the post carefully. Are there any Cowboys UFAs left who will sign a contract worth at least $2.0 million per year with another team before May 12? Of the remaining unsigned UFAs, Byron Bell is the only player who currently averages $2 million or more (he averages exactly $2 million), and his play in Dallas probably wasn’t conducive to a pay raise from another team.

Why it's hard to envision Cowboys TE Jason Witten in broadcast booth | SportsDay
David Moore joined the Ballzy Podcast and spoke about why he doesn't envision Jason Witten heading towards a broadcast booth anytime soon.

Moore: I think it’s highly unlikely but can’t be dismissed. If he gets in there and they love his audition and say, “You’re clearly the guy. We know you want to play another year, but this is what we’re willing to offer you with an expanding role that will not be here next year,” then he has a decision he didn’t know he had two months ago or even last month when he gave his collegiate award.

All of that being said, I still think the most likely scenario by a significant percentage is that he returns.

Tony Romo talks Dez Bryant, Terrell Owens, Cowboys -Pete Dawson- Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Tony Romo went on the Now and Then podcast with Cowboys radio host Brad Sham to discuss what it was like playing with Dez Bryant and Terrell Owens.

“But Dez’s rare trait was over his head. I’ve never really seen another guy, maybe Calvin Johnson, but I’ve never really seen a guy be able to do the things he does. He still has that capability. Dez is never actually covered even when he’s covered. That’s a rare trait. If he was singled up, if you could put the ball in a certain spot he could always get it. There’s not really another guy that I ever played with who could do that. It kind of simplify the offense a little bit in a sense. If Dez was kind of by himself, you’d just throw 15-20 yards above his head, 3 yards and however you want to guard him it doesn’t matter. You can’t go get that ball, he can. I worked hard with him at that because that throw requires timing, precision. You gotta throw it hard. But then when you get it, it moves the chains pretty quickly.”

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