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STAND-UP MOMENT: Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo makes it to team meeting

STAND-UP MOMENT - Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo makes it to team meeting - 2013 Dallas Cowboys

Three days after back surgery, Tony Romo made it to Valley Ranch for the final team meeting.

“I think that just speaks to what he is,” tight end Jason Witten said. “Going to find a way to come in, see the guys. It was obviously an emotional time. No team stays the same. It’s just what he’s all about. I thought it was great of him to come and be here and just share this time. It’s tough, and he’s a big part of this team. That was very stand-up of him to be here in the midst of the pain I’m sure he’s in.”

Asked if he is worried about Romo’s future, Witten said the quarterback will come back better than ever next season.

“Obviously, it’s been a tough eight months for him physically,” Witten said. “But I feel confident in him. I know what he’s made of. I know how he works, I know how he competes, I know how he trains. But he’ll bounce back and be even better next year. He’ll use this time to evaluate and get healthy and provide perspective and be a better quarterback because of it. I’m confident he’ll come back. I know what he’s made of. I’ve seen it for a long time, how he goes about it, and he’ll bounce back and be better than he’s ever been. I believe that to the bottom of my heart.”

Witten said it was also an emotional week for Romo.

“Obviously, it was difficult not having him out there,” he said. “You know, it was an emotional week for him. Fighting with him every week, you go into that last game, I know it was tough for him not to be in that moment with us, leading that charge. But yeah, he’ll be back. Better than ever.”


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Jason Witten: Talks about the Cowboys 2013 seasons end

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten spoke to the media for the final time this season while cleaning out his locker at Valley Ranch. (Watch Video | Listen Audio)

SALARY CRAP ON SALARY CAP: DeMarcus Ware wants clarification about “pay cut” media reports

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In the aftermath of the Dallas Cowboys 24-22 season-ending loss to the Eagles Sunday night, defensive end DeMarcus Ware said he would consider taking a pay cut to help the team manage the salary cap.

(Editors comment: No, he didn’t say that. The media twisted his words. DeMarcus Ware expressed his willingness to help restructure his contract to help the Dallas Cowboys salary cap).

Ware clarified those comment Monday.

“The question was with the salary cap stuff and everything, would you be able to maneuver some things in your contract,” Ware said. “I said I’ll do what I need to do to help the team out. It’s nothing new to me. But pay cut and restructure are two different things. You hear what I’m saying. Clar-i-fy.”

So you didn’t say pay cut?

“No, I didn’t say that,” Ware said. “I said I will do whatever I need to do to maneuver some things around to help the team out. I’m for that.”

Ware is scheduled to make a base salary of $12.2 million next season including a $500,000 workout bonus. Ware’s 2014 cap figure is $16 million.

The looming question is how much Ware is worth at this point. He had just six sacks in 2013, his fewest since his rookie year 2005.

Ware also battled elbow, quad and back injuries this year. He plans to have surgery to clean up issues with his elbow in the off season.

But he will be 32 next season and there is also a question of whether he has lost a step.

“Not at all. Not at all,” Ware said. “Like going back into training camp, I felt better than I have in a long time. Then the little injuries happen with the quad and your elbow and your back so you sit back and think about what can I do now this off-season to make sure this doesn’t happen again, because I know exactly where I can be and how I can play. Injuries took a toll on me a lot this season. But that’s no excuse because I got out there and played. I’ve got to figure out some way to get healthy this off-season for next season.”


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DeMarcus Ware postgame interview: I will do whatever I need to help team out

Defensive end DeMarcus Ware talks about the disappointing ending to the 2013 Dallas Cowboys season. (Watch Video | Listen Audio)

2014 NFL DRAFT ORDER: Houston Texans hold first pick, Dallas Cowboys in a coin flip for Sweet #16

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The top-20 order for the 2014 NFL Draft is now set with the regular season complete. The Houston Texans will pick No. 1 overall for the third time in franchise history.

The order of picks 21-32 will be based on the outcome of the NFL playoffs. Updated first-round mock drafts can be found here.

NFL DRAFT ORDER 2014 – Top 20 picks
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NFL DRAFT ORDER 2014 – Playoff Teams
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Above is the order with the strength of schedule (SOS) numbers to indicate the tiebreaker. For the NFL Draft, the first tiebreaker rule is SOS, the easier SOS earning the earlier selection. Division and Conference tiebreakers are next and if teams are still tied, a coin flip will determine the team that picks first (** Indicates a coin flip to break ties).


2014 Dallas Cowboys NFL Draft picks 2014

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Round 1 16 or 17 Coin flip will determine
Round 2 15 (47 overall)  
Round 3 14 (78 overall)  
Round 4 19 (115 overall)  
Round 5 18 (146 overall)  
Round 6 17 (177 overall)  
Round 7 14 (206 overall) From Chicago (Rosario)
Round 7 16 (208 overall)  

These picks are subject to trade and do not include any compensatory picks awarded by the NFL in the later rounds. Under the rules for compensatory draft selections, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.


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