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Last Updated: Sun Jul 15, 2018, 6:24 PM

Dallas Cowboys

-- Sources: No Long-Term Deal for DeMarcus Lawrence --
Sun Jul 15, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Dallas Cowboys franchise-tagged DE DeMarcus Lawrence and the team are unlikely to reach a deal by Monday's four pm EDT deadline to sign franchise players, per sources. If no deal, Lawrence would be scheduled to become a free agent after this season.

-- Marquez White Arrested in June --
Mon Jul 9, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dothan Eagle reports Dallas Cowboys CB Marquez White was arrested on June 15th for second-degree felony assault with a deadly weapon in Collin County, Texas.

-- Cowboys Could Trade for Earl Thomas --
Sat Jul 7, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Seattle Seahawks S Earl Thomas is not happy with his contract, and there has been talk all offseason that he could get dealt to the Dallas Cowboys. That talk is not going away. The latest comments come from Bryan Broaddus, a writer for the Cowboys' website, who said on 105.3 The Fan that there's still a possibility Thomas could end up in Dallas. "The Cowboys have to look at their situation at safety and figure out is this going to be good enough? Are we able to compete for a division? To get in the playoffs? Could Earl Thomas be a guy, could he be a difference maker?," Broaddus said, via the Dallas Morning News. "I feel like that the Earl Thomas situation still is in play. It's just a matter of where Seattle is going to be. I don't believe Earl Thomas is going to sit out games for Seattle. I really, really don't. You're talking about a guy that makes over $10 million. Players just don't leave those checks on the field just for principal, for that reason. I think that Seattle is going to have to figure out something. The Cowboys are going to have to figure out something. And maybe they do work something out there."

-- DeMarcus Lawrence Contract Watch --
Sat Jul 7, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Athletic reports franchised DE DeMarcus Lawrence is one of the Dallas Cowboys' most valuable players. A source says the defensive end is looking for a five-year deal, and that might culminate in an extended staredown between Lawrence and the Cowboys.

-- Randy Gregory Watch --
Tue Jun 26, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys are hoping to receive a decision on DE Randy Gregory's reinstatement around the start of training camp.

-- Cowboys WR Watch --
Wed Jun 20, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

Bleacher Report reports WR Allen Hurns is the clear-cut #1 WR for the Dallas Cowboys this offseson. They are experimenting with WR Cole Beasley outside more.

-- David Irving Suspended Four Games --
Fri Jun 15, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Dallas Cowboys DL David Irving has been suspended four games for violating the NFL policy on substance of abuse.

-- Cowboys Offically Extend Zack Martin --
Wed Jun 13, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Dallas Cowboys and Pro-Bowl OG Zack Martin have officially agreed today to six-year, $84 million contract extension that includes $40 million guaranteed, per source.

-- Randy Gregory Meets with Goodell --
Tue Jun 12, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports suspended Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory met today with NFL officials in New York to discuss his possible reinstatement into the NFL.

-- David Irving Expected to Show --
Tue Jun 12, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Dallas Cowboys DT David Irving, who stayed away from OTAs as he tried to get a handle on his off-the-field situations, is expected to participate in mandatory minicamp today

-- Randy Gregory Watch --
Mon Jun 11, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports according to multiple sources, Dallas Cowboys DE Randy Gregory is expected to meet with NFL officials this week in New York, including potentially commissioner Roger Goodell, in his bid to be reinstated after a year-long suspension for multiple violations of the substance-abuse policy.

-- Source: Cowboys Extend Zack Martin --
Mon Jun 11, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys have signed OG Zack Martin to a six-year contract extension that makes him the highest-paid guard with the largest guarantee at his position in NFL history, a source said.

-- More Catches for Ezekiel Elliott? --
Mon Jun 11, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott should be in line for even more touches, especially in the passing game, following the departures of TE Jason Witten and WR Dez Bryant.

-- Dez Bryant Being Patient --
Fri Jun 1, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent WR Dez Bryant is expected to remain unsigned until the start of training camp, sources say, barring a big injury at his position. He has received plenty of interest, but he's being patient and selective.

-- Rico Gathers Watch --
Wed May 30, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports TE Rico Gathers (concussion) is back on the field with the Cowboys for ongoing organized team activities after he spent all of last season on injured reserve. He revealed last week that he was cleared from concussion protocol before Week #7, but the Cowboys weren't ready to bring him back. "He's done a really good job improving over the course of his time here, he's a different player now than he was a couple years ago," HC Jason Garrett said. "He just needs to play more football. We could practice five times a day and that wouldn't be enough for him and a lot of our younger players, just because they need so much work. You have to take advantage of every rep you get, you have be prepared, when you go out on the field it's a productive rep for you and you learn from it, stay locked in each day and grow in every part of the game. I think he's done a really good job of that." Garrett noted that the passing game comes more naturally to Gathers than the run blocking and protection aspects of being a tight end.

-- Cowboys Make Player Moves --
Wed May 30, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Dallas Cowboys have waived DT DeQuinton Osborne and OG Jashon Robertson. The team also signed RB Darius Jackson, LB Eric Pinkins, WR Mekale McKay, and DT Antwaun Woods.

-- Sullivan: Allen Hurns Versatile --
Mon May 28, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports longtime WRs coach Jerry Sullivan, who by his own admission is not effusive in offering praise, gushes over new Cowboys WR Allen Hurns, for being coachable, his willingness to work, his ability to earn quiet respect from teammates. "He's very versatile," Sullivan said. "You're never going to see him shy away or turn it [the ball] down, no matter how trafficky it gets. And he's going to lay his heart out every week for the Cowboys. That's WR Allen Hurns."

-- Cowboys Looking to Extend Zack Martin --
Sat May 26, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

SI.com reports the Dallas Cowboys plan to extend contract-year OG Zack Martin, whom is skipping OTAs, before the start of the season.

-- Geoff Swaim Works with First Team During OTAs --
Fri May 25, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Dallas Cowboys TE Geoff Swaim worked with the first-team offense during OTAs this week.

-- Terrance Williams: Kendal Wright Crashed my Car --
Thu May 24, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports after Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams' Lamborghini was found crashed by the side of the road, police quickly found him and arrested him for public intoxication. But Williams was not arrested for the crash itself - which he blamed on Vikings WR Kendall Wright. Video of the arrest shows that when police questioned Williams about how his car crashed, he answered, "My friend was a f-king idiot. . . . He called me and said my car was f-ked up." Asked who the friend was, Williams answered, "Kendall Wright. . . . We went to Baylor together." Williams and Wright were teammates at Baylor from 2008 to 2011. Williams has played his entire NFL career for the Cowboys, while Wright signed with the Vikings this year after previously playing for the Titans and Bears. Williams seemed to acknowledge he was in no condition to drive, and he insisted that he wasn't the one who crashed the Lamborghini. "That's my $325,000 car that I paid for," he said. "I know I can't drive a car."

-- Zack Martin Holding Out? --
Wed May 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Dallas Cowboys All-Pro OG Zack Martin did not participate in the first OTA on Tuesday and it's not clear if he will take part in any of them. He is another standout player in search of a new deal.

-- Cowboys Sign 3rd-Rounder Michael Gallup --
Mon May 21, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have signed 3rd-round draft pick WR Michael Gallup to a four-year deal, which means their entire draft class is now under contract. Gallup caught 100 passes for 1,413 yards in 2017 at Colorado State and will compete in a re-made receiver room with WR Terrance Williams, WR Cole Beasley, WR Allen Hurns, WR Deonte Thompson, and others.

-- Terrance Williams Arrested --
Sat May 19, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

Frisco police arrested Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams (foot) early Saturday morning for public intoxication, a Class C misdemeanor, after he crashed his Lamborghini into a light pole and left the scene of the accident. According to a press release from the Frisco Police Department, at around 4:45 a.m. Frisco PD responded to an accident in the area of Frisco Green Avenue and Lebanon road where they found that a 2017 blue Lamborghini had struck a light pole. The driver of the vehicle had fled the scene and could not be found in the area, but Frisco PD were able to determine the vehicle was registered to Williams. FPD located Williams near his residence riding an electric bicycle in the road, where he was arrested for Public Intoxication. He has since been released from the Frisco Detention Center on a $369 bond. He was also given a misdemeanor at large charge for leaving the scene of an accident.

-- Randy Gregory Watch --
Wed May 16, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Dallas Cowboys suspended DE Randy Gregory, who recently spent more than six weeks in intensive drug and alcohol rehab in addition to counseling, will submit his application for reinstatement to the NFL tomorrow, sources say. Sixty days from now is mid-July, right before training camp.

-- Terrance Williams Rehab Update --
Tue May 15, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Dallas WR Terrance Williams (foot) remains out of the offseason program while rehabbing from a broken foot. Williams underwent surgery in February. "He has not been involved in the teaching sessions yet," Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said. "He's been out there. He's been working on the side with our trainers and our strength coaches. It seems like he's on schedule to do everything that everyone anticipates him to be able to do. He's in good spirits. I think he's just waiting and waiting for that chance to get back out there. But he's certainly engaged, and he's doing all the right things."

-- Tavon Austin Watch --
Sat May 12, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys OC Scott Linehan commented on new WR/RB Tavon Austin: "We'll use him for a lot of things, but he's a receiver first. He's really in a lot of ways some of his skill set is as an outside receiver, which is really unique, but he can move around, the slot."

-- Terrance Williams Rehab Update --
Fri May 11, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys HC Jason Garrett says WR Terrance Williams (foot) has been working off to the side with trainers and strength coaches. "It seems like he's on schedule to do everything everyone anticipated him to be able to do. He's in good spirits," Garrett said. Williams had foot surgery in late February.

-- Cowboys Down to One Unsigned Drafted Rookie --
Fri May 11, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys have now signed all their drafted rookies except 3rd-round draft pick WR Michael Gallup.

-- Cowboys Sign First-Rounder Leighton Vander Esch --
Fri May 11, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have signed first-round draft pick LB Leighton Vander Esch to a four-year contract worth $11.847 million. He will receive a signing bonus of $6.696 million and there is a team option for 2022.

-- Maliek Collins To Undergo Foot Surgery --
Fri May 11, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports sources say Dallas Cowboys DT Maliek Collins (foot) will undergo surgery and could miss about three months of action.

-- Cowboys Sign 2nd-Rounder Connor Williams --
Fri May 11, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys have signed 2nd-round draft pick OL Connor Williams.

-- Maliek Collins Breaks Foot; OUT Indefinitely --
Thu May 10, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports sources say Dallas Cowboys DT Maliek Collins suffered a broken foot today while participating in the offseason conditioning program. A timeline is not yet clear for the starter.

-- Cowboys Working to Sign Terrell McClain --
Thu May 10, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys visit with free-agent DT Terrell McClain went well and contract talks are escalating. It also included a workout in front of coaches, many of whom are familiar from his time in Dallas.

-- Case Closed Against David Irving --
Thu May 10, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Frisco Police in Texas, who were investigating a since-recanted allegation of domestic violence against Dallas Cowboys DE David Irving, closed his case yesterday. The file was made inactive. This arose when a former girlfriend hacked his twitter account in late April.

-- Randy Gregory Suspension Watch --
Thu May 10, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports suspended DE Randy Gregory will apply for reinstatement into the NFL later this month.

-- Jones: Cowboys Won't Sign a Veteran TE... at This Time --
Wed May 9, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports Dallas Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones insists the team prepared to go with the young tight ends on their roster. "I like the group that we have and don't see at this time [adding a veteran], but I reserve the right to change my mind," Jones said. "At this time, I don't see adding an additional veteran player to our group. I like the opportunity, the freshness of the group. I like the opportunity of the competition. We're familiar. We've got new guys as far as our group is concerned in there. The makeup of that creates an atmosphere that I think could enhance how we play tight end."

-- Cowboys to Host Terrell McClain --
Tue May 8, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

CBS Sports reports free-agent DL Terrell McClain is set to visit with the Dallas Cowboys.

-- Cowboys to Use TE-By-Committee --
Sat May 5, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys are expected to use some combination of TE Dalton Schultz, TE Geoff Swaim, TE Blake Jarwin, and TE Rico Gathers as a committee to fill the void left behind by the retired TE Jason Witten.

-- Jason Witten Officially Retires --
Fri May 4, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have officially placed TE Jason Witten on the reserve/retired list.

-- Jason Witten Retires --
Thu May 3, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports TE Jason Witten has retired from the Dallas Cowboys and joining ESPN as an analyst for Monday Night Football.

-- Most Teams Balk at Signing Dez Bryant at Even the Minimum Price --
Wed May 2, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there are far more teams unwilling to pay free-agent WR Dez Bryant the league minimum salary than there are teams that would consider signing Bryant for any contract. That makes it all the more surprising that Bryant turned down an offer from the Baltimore Ravens, which was reportedly in the neighborhood of the three-year, $21 million contract Baltimore previously gave to WR Michael Crabtree.

-- Source: Garrett Trying to Convince Jason Witten to Play in 2018 --
Sun Apr 29, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Dallas Cowboys HC Jason Garrett is actively trying to persuade TE Jason Witten to play a 16th season this year, a team source said.

-- Jason Witten Retirement Watch --
Sun Apr 29, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports TE Jason Witten continues to contemplate his decision on retirement to join the Monday Night Football broadcast team, but a source says another network has made a last-minute interesting proposal that also is being considered. An announcement likely will be coming on Wednesday. The Dallas Cowboys still hope he plays, though.

-- Cowboys Acquire Jihad Ward --
Sat Apr 28, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Oakland Raiders have traded DT Jihad Ward in exchange for Dallas Cowboys WR Ryan Switzer.

-- Cowboys View Tavon Austin as a RB --
Sat Apr 28, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys view WR Tavon Austin as a running back, not a wide receiver. He's kind of like what they had with RB Lance Dunbar.

-- Cowboys Acquire Tavon Austin --
Sat Apr 28, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Dallas Cowboys have traded the 192nd overall draft pick in the 6th round to acquire WR Tavon Austin from the Los Angeles Rams.

-- Jones: Michael Gallup Could Start Immediately --
Sat Apr 28, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones believes rookie WR Michael Gallup could start Week #1. "Gallup can play immediately, especially with the way we are approaching. It involves using a lot of receivers," Jones said.

-- Jason Witten Retirement Watch --
Fri Apr 27, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones says TE Jason Witten will take some time to make a decision on his future. He has met with Witten on a few occasions in the last week. He said Witten will meet with family before a decision is made on continuing to play or, as sources have indicated, join the Monday Night Football booth. Jones said the Cowboys would not take any questions regarding Witten through the draft.

-- Jason Witten Set to Retire --
Fri Apr 27, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten is planning to retire after 15 years to join ESPN's new Monday Night Football broadcast team as a lead analyst, but will meet today with Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones before making his decision final, per sources.

-- Dez Bryant Won't Sign Until After the Draft --
Wed Apr 25, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent WR Dez Bryant isn't expected to sign prior to the draft, a rare big-name free-agent to sign in May. It will be interesting to see how it shakes out with the pass-catchers.

-- Adios Dez Bryant for Good --
Tue Apr 24, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Cowboys official website reports Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones has made it pretty clear that the Cowboys are planning to move forward without re-signing WR Dez Bryant.

-- David Irving's Girlfriend Retracts Domestric Violence Claims --
Mon Apr 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys DL David Irving's girlfriend has issued a statement retracting Domestic Violence claims: "I was very upset and made some allegations that were false...David did not put his hands on me at any time"

-- David Irving Under Investigation --
Mon Apr 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ABC Dallas reports Dallas Cowboys DL David Irving is under investigation for domestic violence.

-- Cowboys Pick Up 5th-Year Option on Byron Jones --
Mon Apr 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys have picked up the fifth-year option for DB Byron Jones, a source said.

-- Cowboys Expected to Pick Up 5th-Year Option on Byron Jones --
Sun Apr 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys are expected to pick up the fifth-year option for DB Byron Jones, a source said. That should give him a $6.17 million salary for 2019, one that is guaranteed for injury. The 2015 first-round pick should benefit from a full-time move to corner.

-- Luke McCown Retires --
Fri Apr 20, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent QB Luke McCown has retired from the NFL.

-- James Hanna Retires --
Fri Apr 20, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have placed TE James Hanna (knee) on the reserve/retired list, as he could not get over a serious knee condition that troubled him for most of the last two seasons, according to sources. Hanna was not involved in the early part of the team's offseason program.

-- Jason Witten Hopes to Play Until He's 40 --
Tue Apr 17, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports TE Jason Witten says he's playing for the Dallas Cowboys this year. He has no interest in taking a TV job right now. "Hopefully I can play until I'm 40. Just taking it one year at a time," he said.

-- Cowboys to Re-Sign David Irving --
Mon Apr 16, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports DL David Irving is expected to sign his restricted free agent tender today after the first workouts of the Dallas Cowboys' offseason program. Irving, who had seven sacks in eight games last season, will make $2.91 million. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent after the 2018 season.

-- Dak Prescott Speaks on Dez Bryant's Release --
Sat Apr 14, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent WR Dez Bryant insinuated on Friday that his release had to do with coaches and players he labeled as "Garrett guys," and captains. Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, one of the captains a year ago, was asked about Bryant's comments Saturday. "I mean I'm sure he's hearing stuff and I'm sure he's getting it from a lot of different ways so I mean I'm not going to finger point at anybody," Prescott said. "I'm not going to get upset for who he's pointing at or who he thinks did this. So I mean as I said it's a business and it's part of it."

-- Allen Hurns Will Not Wear #88 in Dez Bryant's Honor --
Sat Apr 14, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports the Dallas Cowboys have released WR Dez Bryant, weeks after signing WR Allen Hurns. Hurns wore #88 in Jacksonville, the number Bryant wore in Dallas. So does Hurns have his jersey number now? Nope. Hurns said after Bryant was released that he wouldn't feel right about taking the 88 jersey off Bryant's back. "I will not be wearing 88, they might as well retire that number," Hurns wrote on Twitter.

-- Four Teams That Could be Eyeing Dez Bryant --
Sat Apr 14, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports four teams that some believe could show varying levels of interest in free-agent WR Dez Bryant are: Arizona - Their issue is that they have little money left under the salary cap to sign him. Baltimore - They have room even with WR Michael Crabtree. Buffalo - It wouldn't be the NFC East, but rather the AFC East. Green Bay - He would be a replacement for departed WR Jordy Nelson.

-- Cowboys Never Offered Dez Bryant a Pay Cut --
Fri Apr 13, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent WR Dez Bryant says he would've taken a pay cut. "Yeah, if it was offered." He expected one, but it was never offered.

-- Cowboys Release Dez Bryant --
Fri Apr 13, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys have released veteran WR Dez Bryant. It was a short meeting today between Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones and Bryant. After months of speculation, Bryant was released and a marquee 29-year old free agent is on the market midway through April with several WR-needy teams. Bryant's release frees the Cowboys of his $12.5 million base salary for 2018, and saves the team $8.5 million in salary cap space.

-- Cowboys Expected to Release Dez Bryant --
Fri Apr 13, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Dallas Cowboys are expected to release WR Dev Bryant today, barring an unexpected last-minute change of heart. Owner and GM Jerry Jones is meeting with him right now.

-- Dez Bryant Set to Meet with Jerry Jones Friday --
Wed Apr 11, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NBC Sports reports WR Dez Bryant will meet with Dallas cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones on Friday, according to DFW's 105.3 The Fan. The Cowboys could ask the star receiver to take a pay cut, or they could say good-bye by releasing him. The Cowboys owner will make the decision on Bryant.

-- Kony Ealy Contract Details --
Tue Apr 10, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the one-year deal signed by DE Kony Ealy with the Dallas Cowboys can be worth up to $2 million. He received a $200,000 signing bonus and $800,000 base salary and has up to $250,000 available in 46-man roster bonuses. For him to earn the max amount, he will have to record at least 12 sacks and play in 75 percent of the snaps in 2018.

-- Cowboys Host Ryan Delaire --
Fri Apr 6, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent DE Ryan Delaire (torn ACL), who was out of football last year as he recovered from a torn ACL, worked out for the Dallas Cowboys today, a source said. He may have signed with the Eagles in December, but didn't pass his physical because of the knee injury.

-- Dez Bryant Slipping Physically --
Fri Apr 6, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

SI.com reports it's a good thing that WR Dez Bryant has two very powerful sponsors in the Dallas Cowboys' facility in owner and GM Jerry Jones and HC Jason Garrett. Why? Based on where the staff sees him right now, justifying the $12.5 million he's due this fall (and the $16.5 million cap number he carries) has gotten difficult for the team. Maybe they'll be able to compromise. The truth is: This is where things have been going for a while. Cowboys coaches started seeing Bryant's overwhelming physical gifts start to slip all the way back in 2015, the injury-plagued first season of his five-year, $70 million second contract. And that hasn't reversed itself. Three years later, at the point in his career when some players reinvent themselves by becoming craftier, Bryant's struggle to adjust to playing at a different speed has disappointed the team. He can't run by anyone anymore. He lacks explosion, evident in the loss of inches off his vertical. He's still inconsistent as a route-runner. He's hard to count on for QB Dak Prescott. And as some there see it, he's not doing enough to counteract all of that. "Based on last year," one staffer says, "he does very few things really well." So now, the challenge is on Bryant to do what Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald and, at a different position, his own teammate, TE Jason Witten, have pulled off: combat Father Time with the kind of hard work that generates a second NFL life. The Cowboys' failure to land WR Sammy Watkins probably saved Bryant's place on the roster, and it's not crazy to think it could still be in jeopardy. That much is up to Jones and, to some extent, Garrett. They've both believed in Bryant when others didn't. It seems like it's time for him to repay that faith.

-- Cowboys Sign Kony Ealy --
Thu Apr 5, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent DE Kony Ealy to a one-year contract.

-- Cowboys Release One --
Wed Apr 4, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Cowboys official website reports the Cowboys have waived WR Brian Brown.

-- Cowboys to Host Kony Ealy --
Mon Apr 2, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent DE Kony Ealy is slated to visit the Dallas Cowboys early this week, sources say. He's also remained in discussions with the New York Jets over the past few weeks.

-- Randy Gregory Watch --
Wed Mar 28, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports suspended Cowboys DE Randy Gregory is in the process of applying for reinstatement.

-- Brice Butler Set to Tour --
Mon Mar 26, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent WR Brice Butler has scheduled visits to Seattle, Chicago, Jacksonville and Arizona.

-- Dez Bryant Watch --
Mon Mar 26, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones says the team will still have a conversation with WR Dez Bryant regarding the wide receiver's contract but "it's not time yet." He said the additions of WR Allen Hurns and WR Deonte Thompson are about driving up competition at receiver.

-- Terrance Williams Breaks Foot --
Mon Mar 26, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports Dallas Cowboys WR Terrance Williams is recovering from a broken foot that required surgery.

-- Cowboys Re-Sign Joe Looney --
Mon Mar 26, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys have re-signed free-agent OL Joe Looney.

-- Cowboys Could Re-Sign Joe Looney Monday --
Sun Mar 25, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports the Cowboys want free-agent OL Joe Looney to return and could sign the veteran backup as early as Monday, a source said.

-- Source: Cowboys to Sign Marcus Martin --
Sun Mar 25, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports free-agent OL Marcus Martin is expected to sign with the Dallas Cowboys, a source said.

-- Cowboys Sign Cameron Fleming --
Sat Mar 24, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent OT Cameron Fleming to a one-year contract worth a maximum of $3.5 million.

-- Jason Witten Restructures --
Sat Mar 24, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have restructured the contract of veteran TE Jason Witten, creating roughly $3.5 million in salary cap space.

-- Cowboys Sign Allen Hurns --
Fri Mar 23, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent WR Allen Hurns to a two-year contract worth $12 million.

-- Cowboys Sign Deonte Thompson --
Thu Mar 22, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent WR Deonte Thompson to a one-year, $2.5 million contract with a $1 million signing bonus.

-- Cowboys Sign Joe Thomas --
Wed Mar 21, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have signed free-agent LB Joe Thomas to a two-year contract.

-- Colts Host Dontrelle Inman --
Wed Mar 21, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Indianapolis Colts have hosted free-agent WR Dontrelle Inman.

-- Cowboys Hosting Deonte Thompson --
Wed Mar 21, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports free-agent WR Deonte Thompson is visiting with the Dallas Cowboys today.

-- Cowboys to Host Allen Hurns --
Tue Mar 20, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports free-agent WR Allen Hurns is now scheduled to visit the Dallas Cowboys Wednesday morning with snow on its way to New York City.

-- Cowboys Acquire Jamize Olawale --
Tue Mar 20, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Oakland Raiders have traded FB Jamize Olawale and a 6th-round draft pick in 2018 in exchange for the Dallas Cowboys' 5th-rounder.

-- Cowboys to Host Hunter & Inman --
Mon Mar 19, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Star Telegram reports free-agents WR Justin Hunter and WR Dontrelle Inman are visiting with the Cowboys today and tomorrow.

-- Cowboys Hosting LaAdrian Waddle --
Mon Mar 19, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys are hosting free-agent OT LaAdrian Waddle for a visit on Monday and Tuesday, a source said.

-- Cowboys Re-Sign L.P. Ladouceur --
Sun Mar 18, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have re-signed LS L.P. Ladouceur to a one-year contract.

-- Cowboys to Host Cameron Fleming --
Sun Mar 18, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys are hosting free-agent OT Cameron Fleming for a visit on Monday and Tuesday, a source said.

-- Cowboys to Release Orlando Scandrick Monday --
Sat Mar 17, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick has been told today by HC Jason Garrett that he will be released on Monday, per source. Scandrick had requested his release from the club.

-- Cowboys Tender David Irving --
Wed Mar 14, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have tendered restricted free-agent DL David Irving at the second-round level.

-- No Pay Cut for Dez Bryant --
Tue Mar 13, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports Dallas Cowboys owner and GM Jerry Jones and WR Dez Bryant did have their much-anticipated conversation prior to the league year beginning, sources say. They have not reached out to his agent Kim Miale on doing any alterations to his contract. His standing hasn't changed.

-- Orlando Scandrick Wants Out of Dallas --
Mon Mar 12, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports a source says Dallas Cowboys CB Orlando Scandrick has requested his release.

-- Cowboys Re-Sign One --
Mon Mar 12, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

KABB reports the Dallas Cowboys have re-signed exclusive-rights free-agent DT Brian Price to a two-year, $1.35 million contract.

-- Fox Sports Wants to Hire Jason Witten --
Mon Mar 12, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

TSN reports Fox Sports is targeting Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten to be their new Thursday Night Football analyst.

-- Orlando Scandrick Watch --
Fri Mar 9, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

ESPN reports the Dallas Cowboys have discussed all options, to trade or keep in regards to CB Orlando Scandrick. There is "no definitive timeline" right now. To reiterate, Scandrick has already said he's open to "parting amicably" and "a change of scenery" could be beneficial for him.

-- Cowboys Release Benson Mayowa --
Wed Mar 7, 2018 --from FFMastermind.com

NFL.com reports the Dallas Cowboys have released DE Benson Mayowa, which frees up $2.75 million in salary cap space.

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