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SEE FOR YOURSELF: NFL Film Breakdown–Dallas Cowboys DE Greg Hardy | Hardy makes Top 100 Players of 2014 list | The Kraken | NFL Videos

NFL Film Room: Breaking down defensive end Greg Hardy

Bryan Broaddus breaks down three plays from the Dallas Cowboys newly acquired defensive end, Greg Hardy. Continue reading →

FALLOUT FOLLOW-UP: Hansen on Hardy–Wife thinks he went too far | Charlotte Jones Anderson not afraid of 2nd chance opportunity | Diggin’ Deeper | Mark Cuban Chimes in | Hot Air Hansen | Salary Break-down | Greg Hardy poll

Dale Hansen on the Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview)

WFAA’s Dale Hansen joined the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday to discuss his comments on Greg Hardy. Here are some highlights from the interview. Continue reading →

MORE ON MARINELLI’S MAULERS: Contract cap-cushion & credits–Eventually, Greg Hardy will affect the Dallas Cowboys salary cap | Hungry Hayden Hanging ‘round | Elite pass rushers are as rare as franchise quarterbacks | BONUS Audio & Video

MORE ON MARINELLI’S MAULERS - Contract cap-cushion & credits–Eventually, Greg Hardy will affect the Dallas Cowboys salary cap - Hungry Hayden hangin’ around

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys did not need to restructure any contracts to get Greg Hardy‘s contract to fit under the salary cap. Yet. Continue reading →

HARDY HANGOVER HANSEN HEAT: Dallas sports broadcaster Dale Hansen rips the Dallas Cowboys for signing Greg Hardy

HARDY HANGOVER HANSEN HEAT - Dallas sports broadcaster Dale Hansen rips the Dallas Cowboys for signing Greg Hardy

The Dallas Cowboys signed former Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy to a one-year contract yesterday (Wednesday).

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2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: The bargain-‘boys bag sack-artist Greg Hardy with bonuses | Free-Agent fortifies Front-Four | Suspension status safeguards second-chance signing

2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS - Bargain ‘boys bag bewildered sack-artist Greg Hardy

IRVING – After the first wave of free agency and some bargain-basement signings, the Dallas Cowboys made a move that should dramatically improve the team in 2015, with the signing of former Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy. Continue reading →

2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: ROSTER ROUNDUP N REVIEW | Free-Agency Finally Fueled | Backfield Bullies Jed Collins & Ray Agnew III | LBs Jasper Brinkley & Andrew Gachkar | Cover Corner Corey White

2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS - ROSTER ROUNDUP N REVIEW - Free-Agency Finally Fueled - Jed Collins & Ray Agnew III - Jasper Brinkley & Andrew Gachkar - Corey White

IRVING, Texas – Two weeks into free agency, and the Dallas Cowboys moves feel quite similar in nature to last year’s. Continue reading →

2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: Roster Update–Free Agent activity

Here’s the latest updates on the Dallas Cowboys players involved in NFL free agency this season. Six players have been lost while six have been added. Eight players have been retained from the Dallas Cowboys 2014-2015 squad. Nine players remain in limbo. Continue reading →

2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: GM swaps DM’s–From DeMarco Murray 2 Darren McFadden | Scouting Report–Then & Now | The Fiscal Free-Agency Formula | Jerry Jones official statement | RB ROPES RIVAL–DeMarco Murray officially a wealthy Philadelphia Eagle

2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS - The GM DM swap–From DeMarco Murray 2 Darren McFadden - Scouting Report–Then & Now

IRVING, Texas – Seven seasons with the Oakland Raiders, Darren McFadden played for five different head coaches.

Continuity wasn’t exactly something the former first-round running back has experienced since being the No. 4 overall pick in 2008.

But as he joins the Dallas Cowboys today (on Friday), he knows he’ll be viewed as DeMarco Murray’s primary replacement. Continue reading →

2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: ROSTER ROUNDUP N REVIEW | First-Week Free Agency Frenzy | NFL Salary Cap reset | Diamond Dez Bryant & Cole Beasley | Keith Rivers | Doug Free & Jeremy Parnell | Dwayne Harris | Justin Durant & Bruce Carter | Jed Collins | Henry Melton

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IRVING, Texas – Monday, March 02, 2015 – The speculation has swirled for almost two months about how much money the Dallas Cowboys would need to spend this offseason – though they didn’t even find out how much money they had until Monday (March 2, 2015).  Continue reading →

2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: Racing the clock with that heavy rock–The Murray age factor | Running Back options without DeMarco | Young bucks on the NFL Draft board | Free Agent RBs on the market

2015-2016 DALLAS COWBOYS: Racing the clock with a heavy rock–DeMarco Murray age factor

When Tony Romo sees DeMarco Murray, he sees an NFL rushing champion.

When Jason Garrett sees Murray, he sees an NFL rushing champion.

When agent Pat Dye sees Murray, he sees an NFL rushing champion.

When the Cowboys’ fan base sees Murray, it sees an NFL rushing champion.

But when Stephen Jones sees Murray, he sees a 27-year-old running back. Continue reading →

2015 NFL DRAFT PRIMER: Breaking down defensive gaps | Scouting interior D-line prospects | Top-tier DTs on the board | Marinelli’s Maulers

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Looking at different positions in the 2015 NFL Draft, there’s an encouraging pool of talent among interior defensive linemen. They are broken up into five different groups. Certainly, some prospects cross into other groups — depending on the level of versatility — but identifying the player’s No. 1 trait is important. The reason there are no two draft boards alike among the 32 clubs is because of the scheme they play, position requirements, the subjective analysis during the interview process and the traits some teams prioritize.  Continue reading →

MEET YOUR NEW MIDDLE LINEBACKER: Dallas Cowboys acquire Rolando McClain from Ravens | Pro Scouting Report | Sean Lee officially placed on Injured Reserve

MOVES IN THE MIDDLE - Dallas Cowboys acquire retired middle linebacker Rolando McClain - Sean Lee officially placed on Injured Reserve

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys will be taking another high-profile linebacker to camp in place of the injured Sean Lee. He could also be in the mix as a strong-side linebacker.

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MEET YOUR NEW OFFENSIVE GUARD: Pro Scouting report on Dallas Cowboys OG Tyronne Green | Team waives TE Evan Wilson | Dallas Cowboys free agency 2014

MEET YOUR NEW OFFENSIVE GUARD - Pro Scouting report on Dallas Cowboys OG Tyronne Green - Team waives TE Evan Wilson - Dallas Cowboys free agency 2014

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys added another veteran to their roster with the signing of offensive guard Tyronne Green.

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MEET YOUR NEW RUNNING BACK: Pro scouting report on veteran RB Ryan Williams | Dallas Cowboys free agency 2014

MEET YOUR NEW RUNNING BACK - Pro scouting report on veteran RB Ryan Williams - Dallas Cowboys free agency 2014 - The Boys Are Back blog website

Ryan Williams | Running Back | Virginia Tech | Height/Weight: 5-10, 205 | 4.61

Drafted: Second round, 2011 NFL Draft by Arizona Cardinals

Games Studied: 2012 Arizona Cardinals: Philadelphia, St. Louis

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DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER UPDATE: Veteran free-agent RB Ryan Williams added for depth | NFL Free Agency 2014

DALLAS COWBOYS ROSTER UPDATE - Veteran free-agent RB Ryan Williams added for depth - Dallas Cowboys NFL Free Agency 2014

IRVING, Texas – This weekend is supposed to be about the evaluation of rookies and first-year players and how they might fit into the roster.

However, the Dallas Cowboys always keep their eyes open for (affordable) available veterans as well. That was evident today when the club worked out running back Ryan Williams, a second-round pick (38th overall) of the Arizona Cardinals in 2011.

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MEET YOUR NEW DEFENSIVE TACKLE: Pro scouting report on veteran DT Amobi Okoye | Dallas Cowboys free agency 2014

MEET YOUR NEW DEFENSIVE TACKLE - Pro scouting report on DT Amobi Okoye - Dallas Cowboys free agency 2014

Amobi Okoye | Defensive Tackle | Louisville | Height/Weight: 6-2, 292 | Age: 26

Drafted: 1st round, No. 10 overall, 2007 NFL Draft by Houston Texans at age 19

Experience: Houston Texans and Chicago Bears.

Games Studied: 2012 Chicago Bears against: St. Louis, Dallas and Green Bay

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THE MARINELLI CONNECTION: Dallas Cowboys sign former first-round DT Amobi Okoye | NFL Free Agency 2014

THE MARINELLI CONNECTION - Dallas Cowboys sign former first-round DT Amobi Okoye - NFL Free Agency 2014

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys have signed free agent Amobi Okoye, a former first-round pick in 2007, to a two-year deal.

Okoye could possibly give the Cowboys some help at defensive tackle if he can get healthy, something that has been a challenge for the former No. 10 overall pick of the Texans in 2007.

Okoye, born in Nigeria, was drafted when he was just 19 years old. The 6-foot-2, 292-pound tackle became the youngest player to start an NFL game since 1967.

Okoye reunites with Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who coached him two years in Chicago from 2011-12.

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Still just 26 years of age, Okoye will likely play the 3-technique in the Dallas Cowboys 4-3 scheme.

“We like a lot of things about him. He’s a young player coming out of (Louisville),” Jason Garrett said of Okoye.”He has a lot of talent. Rod was around him in Chicago so we know him well. We think that’s a positive thing. He’s had some health issues the last year … we feel like he has a chance to be a contributor on the line.”

In four years with the Texans, Okoye started 58 of 62 games. He played 25 games in two years with the Chicago Bears but only started once. Out of football in 2013, Okoye might have some position flex at tackle.

“We feel like he has the move to play (3-technique) but he can certainly play the nose,” Garrett said. “We’re not going to rush him into anything. But it’s good to have him in here.”

To make room for Okoye’s spot, the Dallas Cowboys waived linebacker Jonathan Stewart, who spent time on the practice squad last year.

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DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH POST DRAFT: Dallas Cowboys scramble to sign priority undrafted free agents | 2014 NFL Draft Prospects

DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH POST DRAFT - Dallas Cowboys scramble to sign priority undrafted free agents - Jerry Jones Jason Garrett war room 2014

IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys added more pieces in the hours and minutes following the conclusion of the 2014 NFL Draft than they did in the three days of the actual event.

No time can be wasted as teams attempt to sign priority undrafted prospects, and the quicker all the players can arrive, the better.

“It’s really pretty interesting logistically…we didn’t know who we drafted until two hours ago,” head coach Jason Garrett said immediately after the draft. “Now we go through the process, what’re the rules of the school, have you finished your exam, have you graduated, you guys on trimester system…We just felt like it’s important to get those guys in here, if we can, to have three bonus days with them before we go into that minicamp next weekend.”

First-round pick Zack Martin and fifth-round pick Devin Street were both at Valley Ranch on Monday. Garrett said fourth-round pick Anthony Hitchens had exams Monday and Tuesday and would arrive after those, while he expected second-round pick Demarcus Lawrence today (Thursday).

“The benefit is simply getting in a meeting room,” Garrett said. “We start there, introduce stuff to them, then on Tuesday and Thursday, they’ll go out with our veteran players on the field, they’ll get an orientation to our strength and conditioning program. These days are valuable. If you have time with them, 45 minutes in the morning, an hour and a half in the afternoon, a couple-three days, you can really learn a lot of football in a short period of time, and we feel like our rookie minicamp will be so much better as a result of that.”

Garrett said with a week in between the draft and the rookie minicamp, players arriving early can be three or four days ahead of where they would be otherwise before taking the field. Coaches also get a better idea of where the player is at physically.

The conditioning of rookies generally pales in comparison to the veterans, who’ve been in the Dallas Cowboys offseason program.

“That’s something we’ve got to be really careful about, really on Tuesday when they go out with our veteran players,” Garrett said. “Our veteran players have been here, and they’re working out and they’re in shape and they’re in our program, so we feel like it’s important to acclimate them to that, but we have to do it very carefully to make sure they’re ready to handle the work.”

The days leading into the rookie minicamp can be valuable. And while it may be unfair, coaches and personnel evaluators may be less inclined to bring in undrafted players with extenuating circumstances forcing them to arrive late.

“I think it impacts that, because it’s always so tight,” Garrett said. “There’s usually a couple guys you’re thinking about, and if the logistics are right with one guy and everything else is even, you’ll probably take that guy. But for the most part, you’re trying to take the best guys, and you can kind of work your way through some of those situations.”

VALLEY RANCH YOUTH MOVEMENT: Dallas Cowboys welcome 31 rookie draft picks & undrafted free agents | Full list of jersey numbers issued

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IRVING, Texas – If it hadn’t felt real before, it must have started sinking in today.

The hallways of Valley Ranch have been quiet for much of the past five months, but they sprang to life with players – many of whom had roughly 36 hours to process the realization of a lifelong dream.

In all, the Dallas Cowboys brought in 31 players on Monday – six of their nine draft picks and 25 undrafted free agents. Three of the six draftees, second-rounder Demarcus Lawrence, fourth-rounder Anthony Hitchens, and seventh-rounder Terrance Mitchell. have obligations keeping them from joining the roster until Thursday. Despite that, the Cowboys had enough new players on hand to field a full team.

“It feels good to meet some of the guys and kind of start to get acclimated a little bit,” first rounder Zack Martin said.

Martin has at least had a few days to acclimate, as he was drafted Thursday night and arrived in Dallas on Saturday afternoon. The No. 16 overall pick said it was nice to get the rest of the rookies into town and start working.

“It feels good to be back in football – get in the meeting room and start talking football,” Martin said.

Some of those might know each other better than others, in fact. The Dallas Cowboys added 33 total rookies from 28 different schools, though not all of them are total strangers. Martin lined up opposite Stanford defensive end Ben Gardner for three years during the annual rivalry between the Fighting Irish and Cardinal.

“It was always me and him lining up against each other – we had a good little rivalry,” Gardner said. “He’s a great player and I’m glad we got him. I’m glad to be on his team now, because he’s not the most fun guy to face on game day.”

Gardner said Saturday he could feel the chip on his shoulder growing with every round he slipped in the draft. That’s bound to be a common sentiment around Valley Ranch, as Martin and Demarcus Lawrence are the only rookies on hand taken before the third round.

“I had a lot of mixed emotions, but I said to myself, ‘Anybody gives me a shot, I’m going to go in and give it all I got and make everybody regret who passed me up,’” said fullback J.C. Copeland (undrafted free agent).

All of those emotions are bound to make any player’s first day in the NFL surreal, but it might pack a little more punch for others. Auburn safety Ryan Smith, one of the many undrafted free agents (see list below) signed after the draft, happened to enter the league on his birthday.

“This is probably the best birthday I ever had, even though I’m kind of at work right now,” Smith said.

“It’s just a working process, everything’s just moving fast. But it’ll hit me soon when everything slows down when we get into camp.”

That will come sooner rather than later. Training camp is still several months away, but the rookies begin their first mini-camp on Friday – a much quicker turnaround than usual. It’s a process that’s bound to take some adjusting to, but Smith said it’s starting to settle in.

“Seeing the vets come in, seeing Romo come through the locker room, Dez Bryant, guys like that, it’s just kind of realistic now,” he said.

If it hasn’t settled in yet, it’s going to quickly. The physicals have been administered and the pictures taken. The pads go on soon enough.

“I’ll see when I start hitting somebody,” Copeland said.

As expected, the Dallas Cowboys waived six players to make room for their new rookies.

Most of the players removed from the roster were players the team added after the season as street free agents, or near the end of the 2013 season and placed on the practice squad.

The Dallas Cowboys cut guard Chris DeGeare, defensive tackle Frank Kearse, wide receiver Lance Lewis, defensive end Tristan Okpalaugo, linebacker Quinton Spears, and linebacker Jabara Williams.

Kearse finished the year on the active roster while Lewis was added to the practice squad.

The Dallas Cowboys need to be at 90 players when the team officially begins training camp on July 24 with the first practice. The first cut-down to 75 players will be in mid-August just before the last preseason game.


Dallas Cowboys 2014 Draft picks …

1 (16) Zack Martin | OG, Notre Dame | Reassigned jersey #70 today*

2 (34) Demarcus Lawrence | DE, Boise State | Assigned jersey #90 today

4 (119) Anthony Hitchens | OLB, Iowa | Assigned jersey #59 today

5 (146) Devin Street | WR, Pittsburgh | Assigned jersey #15 today*

7 (231) Ben Gardner | DE, Stanford | Assigned jersey #71 today*

7 (238) Will Smith | OLB, Texas Tech | Assigned jersey #40 today

7 (248) Ahmad Dixon | SS, Baylor | Assigned jersey #36 today

7 (251) Ken Bishop | DT, Northern Illinois | Assigned jersey #66 today

7 (254) Terrance Mitchell | CB, Oregon | Assigned jersey #30 today

* Zack Martin’s held up jersey #71 on his staged photo, assigned his college jersey #70 today. Gardner will wear #71 this season. WR Devin Street was issued his college jersey #15.

Dallas Cowboys 2014 undrafted free agents  …

Josh Aladenoye, OT, Illinois State (Left tackle, could see them trying him inside at guard)
Chris Boyd, WR, Vanderbilt
Brian Clarke, G, Bloomsburg (Right guard, undersized but very strong)
Davon Coleman, DT, Arizona State
J.C. Copeland, FB, LSU (#2 ranked FB in this years draft)
Andre Cureton, G, Cincinnati (Right guard, stout, will need development, coachable)
Casey Kreiter, LS, Iowa
Ben Malena, RB, Texas A&M
Cody Mandell, P, Alabama
Glasco Martin, RB, Baylor (he’s your big thumper to watch)
Jordan Najvar, TE, Baylor
Ronald  Patrick, G, South Carolina
Dashaun Phillips, CB, Tarleton State
Jarrod Pughsley, G, Akron
Marvin Robinson, S, Ferris State
Dontavis Sapp, LB, Tennessee
Jocquel Skinner, CB, Bethel
Keith Smith, S, San Jose State
Ryan Smith, S, Auburn
Dustin Vaughan, QB, West Texas A&M
L’Damian Washington, WR, Missouri (Combine 4.39 40, sentimental favorite)
Chris Whaley, DT, Texas (JJ’s “stored nut for winter”, torn ACL last November)
Joe Windsor, Northern Illinois
Evan Wilson, Illinois State

MEET YOUR NEW WIDE RECEIVER: Pro scouting report on Dallas Cowboys WR LaRon “Big” Byrd | NFL free agency 2014

MEET YOUR NEW WIDE RECEIVER - Pro scouting report on Dallas Cowboys WR LaRon Byrd - NFL free agency 2014

LaRon Byrd | WR, Miami, Fla. | 6-4, 220 | 4.45 | UDFA with Arizona Cardinals 2012

Games Studied: 2012 Pre Season: New Orleans, Kansas City 2012 Regular Season: Chicago

Had to go back and study tape from 2012 because he missed the 2013 season with a concussion. LaRon Byrd is an interesting player due to his physical makeup for the position. Rangy, long build.

MEET YOUR NEW WIDE RECEIVER - Pro scouting report on Dallas Cowboys WR LaRon Big Byrd - NFL free agency 2014

Played both on the outside and in the slot when the Cardinals went into “11” personnel. Would line up tight to the formation as a blocker and was more than willing to do the dirty work. Was not afraid to mix it up with defenders on the edge. Was more than just a get in the way blocker.

Really tried to finish his blocks. Would see him get square to the defender and engage. You could see this in his work on special teams when he blocked on the punt and kickoff returns.

Was used as a move guy at times. Would work hard to the flat like he did in the Chiefs game catching the ball on the move, then getting out of bounds to save time in the two minute drill. Aware. Made another adjusting catch over his head working toward the sideline in the same game.

There was some purpose to his route running. Was open against the Saints on a wheel route out of the slot but quarterback did not go his direction but would have had a huge play. Had a feel for how to work himself open against the press.

Would not call him the quickest off the line. Will build up speed as he gets going. Only had one drop on a drag route against the Saints that he should have had. Hands overall looked dependable whether he was catching inside or down the seam.

Took a huge shot from the safety in Cover 2 against the Chiefs and was able to hang onto the ball. There were a couple of snaps where he jumped for the ball where he didn’t need to but made the catch. Would not say that he is a body catcher only because he did have two snatch catches that I saw.

Was on the majority of the special teams for the Cardinals in the game against the Bears. Lined up as the L2 on the kickoff team, left tackle on the kickoff return and inline blocker on the punt return. Appeared to handle his assignments well and without issues.    

His size, hands and willingness to show toughness as a blocker and special teamer makes this signing understandable because of the traits that he can bring to the roster. Very low risk signing that could work out well in the end.

Editors note: LaRon Byrd is the tallest Dallas Cowboys wide receiver on the roster. He’s a young, very gifted player with the toughness, work ethic, and character traits that Jason Garrett relishes. With Scott Linehan orchestrating the Dallas Cowboys offense, you can feel assured that Big Byrd will be fully utilized against these 5’11” secondaries. Nice addition.   


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2014-2015 ROSTER UPDATE: Dallas Cowboys exercise fifth-year option for LT Tyron Smith | Free Agent wide receiver LaRon Byrd signed


Your Dallas Cowboys wide receivers …

11 Beasley, Cole WR 5-8 180 25 2 Southern Methodist
88 Bryant, Dez WR 6-2 222 25 4 Oklahoma State
80 Byrd, LaRon WR 6-4 220 24 3 Miami (Fla.)
17 Harris, Dwayne WR 5-10 207 26 3 East Carolina
83 Williams, Terrance WR 6-2 200 24 R Baylor

Your Dallas Cowboys wide receivers currently on the practice squad …

16 Benford, Tim WR 5-11 193 24 1 Tennessee Tech
86 Lewis, Lance WR 6-2 207 25 1 East Carolina
85 Newsome, Jamar WR 6-1 201 26 1 Central Florida

2014-2015 ROSTER UPDATE: Dallas Cowboys exercise fifth-year option for LT Tyron Smith | Free Agent wide receiver LaRon Byrd signed

2014-2015 ROSTER UPDATE - Dallas Cowboys exercise fifth-year option for LT Tyron Smith - Free Agent wide receiver LaRon Byrd signed

IRVING, Texas – It’s long been viewed as inevitable, but the Dallas Cowboys made it official today by exercising the fifth-year option on Tyron Smith’s contract.

The move extends Smith’s contract through the 2015 season, and it bumps his salary from the roughly $2 million he’ll make in 2014 to $10.039 million in the final year of the deal. That salary is guaranteed, and Smith gets it fully guaranteed if he is still on the Dallas Cowboys roster at the start of the 2015 league year next March.

The next bit of news for Smith will be how this affects his prospects of reaching a long-term deal with the team, though it does buy both parties some time. The Cowboys had until May 2 to exercise the fifth-year option or Smith would have become a free agent next spring.

With the option, Smith now won’t be slated to enter NFL free agency until spring of 2016, but the Cowboys will likely try to lock him up well before that. The 23-year-old Los Angeles native doesn’t turn 24 until December 12, and he is widely considered among the best young offensive tackles in the league, earning his first Pro Bowl selection last season.

Even with the extended contract, Smith is still likely to be one of the Dallas Cowboys top targets for a new deal, along with wide receiver Dez Bryant. It’s been widely speculated one or both players could receive new contracts prior to the 2014 season.

The Cowboys selected Smith No. 9 overall out of USC in the 2011 NFL Draft. He has appeared in 47 of 48 possible games during his career – all of them starts. He played right tackle as a rookie before shifting to left tackle in 2012.

Smith’s emergence as a dominant left tackle helped improve the Cowboys’ much-maligned running game last fall. The Cowboys rushed for 95 yards or more four times in the final six weeks of the season, including four games of 107 yards or more. They managed that just once during the first 10 games of the year. The team’s ground game averaged four yards per rush on attempts to Smith’s side, and five yards per rush on attempts between Smith and guard Ronald Leary.

The strong finish earned DeMarco Murray his first NFL Pro Bowl selection, in addition to Smith.


2014-2015 ROSTER UPDATE - Dallas Cowboys sign Free Agent wide receiver LaRon Byrd - The Boys Are Back website

IRVING, Texas – Regardless of what happens in next week’s NFL draft, the Dallas Cowboys have added a new body to their receiving corps.

The Cowboys confirmed that they’ve signed wide receiver LaRon Byrd, a free agent who was released by the Cardinals earlier in April. The move gives the Cowboys eight receivers on the roster right now, along with Dez Bryant, Terrance Williams, Cole Beasley, Dwayne Harris, Tim Benford, Lance Lewis, and Jamar Newsome.

At 6-4, 220 pounds, Byrd is the largest receiver of the bunch.

Byrd entered the 2012 NFL Draft out of Miami but went undrafted. He signed with Arizona and made the active roster, logging one reception for eight yards and two tackles in four games.  During the Cardinals’ 2013 preseason, Byrd suffered a concussion and was placed on the team’s reserved/injured list. He was placed on Arizona’s injured reserve after clearing waivers.

The Cardinals released Byrd on April 4 after signing two offensive linemen and a defensive tackle.

Byrd was a four-year contributor with the Hurricanes, from 2008-11. He finished his career with 106 receptions for 1,254 yards and seven touchdowns. He set a career high in 2009 with 33 receptions for 460 yards.

IN CAREER RELAUNCHING MODE: Dallas Cowboys re-sign DE Anthony Spencer to one-year contract | NFL Free Agency 2014

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IRVING, Texas – The Dallas Cowboys answered one of their final lingering questions of this offseason this afternoon.

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HAPPY TRAILS TO FORMER COWBOY: Dallas DL Jarius Wynn signs with Buffalo Bills | NFL Free Agency 2014

HAPPY TRAILS TO FORMER COWBOY - Dallas DL Jarius Wynn signs with Buffalo Bills - NFL Free Agency 2014

IRVING, Texas – Another member of last year’s defensive line in Dallas will be playing with another team in 2014.

The Bills signed former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jarius Wynn, an unrestricted free agent, to a one-year deal Tuesday.

Wynn signed with the Cowboys on Oct. 17, 2013, and made his debut with the team just three days later, helping to hold LeSean McCoy to just 55 yards on 18 carries. His best game with the Dallas Cowboys may have been his second time playing the Eagles, when he notched two tackles, a sack and a tackle for loss in the season finale.

He was one of the few linemen signed in the middle of the year to stick the rest of the way, playing a total of 10 games with the Cowboys.

Wynn’s versatility was crucial on a defensive line ravaged by injuries. He was able to play inside when needed and bump outside to end to provide a rush. He even started for Jason Hatcher against the Saints when the defensive tackle was out with a stinger.

Wynn finished with 12 tackles, a sack, three tackles for loss and six quarterback pressures during his time in Dallas. He also played in five games with the Chargers in 2013 and recorded a sack.

His production last season would suggest he’d be a possible fit to return to the Cowboys in 2014, but Buffalo scooped him up. If Wynn is active for the Bills next season, it will mark his fifth different team he’s played for since joining the league as a sixth-round pick in 2009.

Wynn joins Jason Hatcher, DeMarcus Ware, and Corvey Irvin as players who were on the Dallas defensive line at the end of the 2013 season that’ll be playing elsewhere in 2014.

CLEARING OUT THE WEEDS: New Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden appreciates the fresh start from Believeland to Big D

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IRVING, Texas — Growing up in nearby Oklahoma City, Brandon Weeden was a fan of the Dallas Cowboys. He remembers sitting at his grandparents’ house watching Thanksgiving games with Emmitt Smith running all over the place.

Now Weeden is a Dallas Cowboy, having signed a two-year deal with the team this week after his release from the Cleveland Browns.

“This is the best thing for me,” Weeden said. “I’ve talked to several coaches I’ve had and players I’ve been fortunate to play with and they all agree this is what I needed — a fresh start, change of scenery. I think this is exactly what I needed now. When you’re a rookie first-round pick, the expectation is that you play right away, be the guy. I think in Cleveland it was a tough situation. I wasn’t able to go in and play as I needed to. I know that. Now I can learn from two great quarterbacks and a good offensive staff and try to become better.”

Weeden will work behind Tony Romo and Kyle Orton (provided he continues to play in 2014) and work with Jason Garrett, Scott Linehan, and Wade Wilson

CLEARING OUT THE WEEDS - New Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden appreciates the fresh start from Believeland to Big D - Tony Romo

He went 5-15 in two years as a starter with the Browns and had 23 touchdown passes and 26 interceptions.

“I don’t want to be negative on Cleveland,” Weeden said. “I think my rookie year we were a very young football team. I think we had six or seven rookies starting on the offensive side of the ball and we just kind of had our ups and downs. Several things went into it but I don’t want to get too much into it. I think worrying about myself is the main thing. I wasn’t consistent enough. At times I played well, at times I made mistakes that were crucial. At this level in this league you can’t do that. You’ve got to be smart and take care of the ball and that wasn’t the case for me at times.”

Weeden comes to the Dallas Cowboys with no pressure.

CLEARING OUT THE WEEDS - New Cowboys QB Brandon Weeden appreciates the fresh start from Believeland to Big D - Anthony Spencer

The Cowboys liked him coming into the 2012 draft, which is something Garrett mentioned to Weeden when they spoke during his visit to Valley Ranch. He is not the typical third-year pro because of his age but he does not view himself as a 30-year-old quarterback either.

“I’ve been battling that since the draft and all that,” said Weeden, who spent five years playing professional baseball. “The number is a little bit misconceived. I’ve played really four years of football so it’s not like I’ve taken a beating the last 10 years as if I’ve been in the league eight, nine, 10 years. I’ve got a lot to learn a lot of growing and a lot of football ahead of me. I think the better times are ahead of me. It was a good learning experience from Cleveland.”

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