Dez Bryant - WRPosted 5/19/15 1:29am ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is participating in the strength and conditioning program, despite being at odds with the Cowboys regarding his current contract. 'I wanted to be here for my teammates,' Bryant said. 'In the past two years that locker room has changed. There is something special in there.' If Bryant isn't given a long-term deal, he may not practice with the team until late July when training camp begins.
Huddle Up: Bryant has to see that the Cowboys are operating without a net at running back, which likely means they'll need to throw more--playing right into Bryant's wheelhouse in a contract year. Get some reps now with Tony Romo, take the summer off, then show up at the end of summer and earn some money. It's a solid plan.
Joseph Randle - RBPosted 5/17/15 12:16am ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle has the skills to lead the team's backfield in 2015 but he'll need to work on his off-field issues, according to Jon Machota of SportsDayDFW.com. Randle will need to prove to his coaches he can stay out of trouble and be relied on every week.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys will need Randle to step up, as Darren McFadden is far from reliable and there are no other legitimate options on the current depth chart. And while the Dallas offensive line is one of the best in football, Randle will need to demonstrate his trustworthiness in a hurry if fantasy owners are going to make him anything more than a late-round add in fantasy drafts later this summer.
Jason Witten - TEPosted 5/17/15 10:40pm ET
Dallas Cowboys TE Jason Witten said Sunday, May 17, that he and QB Tony Romo could play four or five more years if they continue to play like they did last season.
Huddle Up: The veteran TE's targets, receptions and receiving yards have dipped in each of the past two seasons but that's mainly due to the better supporting cast -- i.e. the emergence of the ground game. At the same time, that reduces the wear and tear on the two 30-somethings, so three or more solid seasons out of each -- particularly Romo -- isn't out of the question.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 5/15/15 7:28pm ET
Dallas Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones expressed confidence in the team's overall run game Thursday, May 14. "You say the entire running game, and that would be including our tight ends, including our fullback -- the entire game -- we're better," Jones said. The Cowboys have yet to determine roles for their running backs. As it stands, RB Darren McFadden is at the top of the depth chart, with RBs Joseph Randle, Lance Dunbar and Ryan Williams in the mix.
Huddle Up: The Cowboys may very well again have one of the league's top ground games -- they finished second a year ago with 147.1 yards per contest -- but it may play out as a RBBC this time around as opposed to last season when DeMarco Murray shouldered the load.
Joseph Randle - RBPosted 5/12/15 2:20pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle could see the bulk of the carries as the season weighs on, in the opinion of beat writer Todd Archer. Archer pegged Randle for 1,200 rushing yards this season in what Archer admitted was a bold prediction.
Huddle Up: Offseason addition Darren McFadden certainly can't be counted on given his injury history, but meanwhile Randle -- a fifth-round pick in 2013 -- has shown a penchant for finding off-the-field trouble and has amassed only 507 yards on 105 carries in two seasons so far, obviously leaving many to wonder if he's suited to shoulder the lead-role load. Still, that Big D offensive line can smooth over a lot of issues ...
Tony Romo - QBPosted 5/12/15 6:06pm ET
Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo said he believes the team's offensive line could extend his career if they play well moving forward. 'When you have a good offensive line like we do the thought definitely crosses your mind to ensure you do everything possible to play longer than maybe what you had envisioned,' Romo said.
Huddle Up: Hey, it's not a coincidence that the 34-year-old Romo put up some of the best marks of his career -- 69.9 completion percentage, 7.8 TD percentage, 8.5 yards per attempt, 113.2 rating -- in a season in which he was only sacked 29 times, his lowest full-season total in six years. Having the league's best ground games to fall back on also didn't hurt, either.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 5/11/15 11:12am ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant's contract talks have been slowed by more than just issues between Bryant and the Cowboys, executive vice president Stephen Jones said Wednesday, May 6. 'I think a lot people want to naturally assume it's a Dez Bryant-Cowboy issue,' Jones said. 'I think it's a bigger issue than that right now. There's three or four young receivers in this league other than Dez that are going to be looking for long term contracts.'
Huddle Up: You'd like to think the Cowboys will lock up Dez long-term, but you can also read between the lines to find reasons they won't--such as concerns about his off-the-field stability, Tony Romo's advancing age and the team's apparent belief that a great offensive line is their path to success. It will be an interesting negotiation to say the least, but for the short term Dez holds all the cards--plus, if he's playing for a contract and with no ground game support he has the opportunity to put up even bigger numbers than last year.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 5/10/15 6:59pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant has not been participating in offseason workouts, but offensive coordinator Scott Linehan is not worried since he believes Bryant will be ready when he does practice. Linehan said he has met with Bryant on several occasions at the team's facility.
Huddle Up: Bryant and the Broncos' Demaryius Thomas are in the same franchise-tag boat, both sitting out while hoping to get a long-term deal hammered out. Each seems to be waiting for the other to sign to set the market, but neither seems to be particularly close at the moment.
Ryan Williams - RBPosted 5/8/15 7:33pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Ryan Williams will be in the mix in the running back committee but needs to improve his pass blocking, according to general manager Stephen Jones.
Huddle Up: Williams is entering his fifth NFL season, but he has been limited to all of three games and 58 rushing attempts due to knee issues. As a result, he'll have to work his way up from the bottom as he currently is running fourth on the depth chart behind Darren McFadden, Joseph Randle and Lance Dunbar.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 5/3/15 4:29pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden remains the front-runner to be the lead back in 2015 after Dallas didn't select a running back in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: It was one of the true surprising fantasy-centric draft developments, and at least for the time being -- or until he comes up injured -- McFadden's stock deserves to be pointed north.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 5/3/15 9:32pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden could return kicks this season, head coach Jason Garrett said Saturday, May 3.
Huddle Up: Yikes, that's going to be asking a lot of one of your lead backs -- especially one as fragile as Run-DMC has proven to be. You've got to think adding another veteran back is on the Cowboys' itinerary after passing over the position group in the draft.
Joseph Randle - RBPosted 5/1/15 1:28pm ET
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle could still face punishment from the league under the terms of personal-conduct policy, even though he will not face formal misdemeanor charges following a domestic disturbance.
Huddle Up: Randle is definitely a candidate to join new teammate Greg Hardy on the suspension list, and that only increases the chances the Cowboys will draft a RB on Day 2 or 3.
Jerry Jones - TOPosted 4/28/15 4:19pm ET
Dallas Cowboys general manager Jerry Jones said a running back isn't a necessity in this year's draft.
Huddle Up: Sure, it isn't a necessity, but it definitely is a need with the unreliable Darren McFadden currently heading up the Big D RB depth chart. And, besides, who's going to believe a word of what anyone in the league says two days before the draft?
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 4/20/15 11:43am ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant is absent for the beginning of the team's voluntary workouts this week.
Huddle Up: Dez is exercising what limited leverage he has, having been franchise tagged. He'll show up when the Cowboys give him the long-term deal he seeks--or just in time to start collecting on the $12.8 mil franchise deal.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 4/3/15 5:15pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden is ready to show the world that he's better than what he showed in the last couple of seasons with the Oakland Raiders, and he's confident that he'll produce more behind a great offensive line in Dallas. 'I just want to go out there and continue to show people what I can do,' McFadden said. 'I still don't think the world has seen the best of Darren McFadden.'
Huddle Up: McFadden is certainly right that the world hasn't seen his best as he's missed 29 games in eight seasons. Be wary, though, of an old dog showing new tricks, and if the Cowboys add another RB as expected -- via the draft, trade or free agency -- it will only further diminish McFadden's already iffy fantasy stock.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 4/2/15 3:58pm ET
Dallas Cowboys franchise free-agent WR Dez Bryant has not had any contract talks with the Dallas Cowboys at this point. The team has until July 15 to sign Bryant to a long-term contract or he will play the 2015 season on his one year-deal.
Huddle Up: With Dez already locked up for at least a year, the 'Boys have been able to focus on free agency and draft preparations, and negotiations might not pick up again until late spring/early summer.
Tony Romo - QBPosted 4/1/15 3:31pm ET
Updating a previous report, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo's restructured contract will create $12.8 million in salary cap space for the Cowboys, according to a source.
Huddle Up: While social media is abuzz with the theory that the space created by Romo's restructure is roughly equal to Adrian Peterson's salary, this isn't necessarily a move the Cowboys are making with AP in mind. Or is it...
Lance Dunbar - RBPosted 3/24/15 4:02pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RBs Darren McFadden, Lance Dunbar and Joseph Randle figure to see a good amount of work in 2015. Head coach Jason Garrett said the team would like to continue their emphasis on inside running after losing RB DeMarco Murray to the Philadelphia Eagles. 'Absolutely,' Garrett said. 'It has to be replaced. It was a good style of football for us to play. We will try to continue to do that.'
Huddle Up: The Cowboys finished third in the league with 508 rushing attempts, with Murray accounting for all but 116 of them. With the team's offensive front is still intact, look for the 'Boys to continue to rely on the run -- only with more of a committee approach which could also include a rookie back selected from the deep and talented incoming class of RBs.
Anthony Spencer - DEPosted 3/22/15 11:56pm ET
Free-agent DE Anthony Spencer (Cowboys) is not expected to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys this offseason.
Huddle Up: Spencer only had a half-sack and 27 total tackles in 13 games in his return this past season, and with Greg Hardy coming on board, it appears as if the 2007 first-round pick will be looking for a new team.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 3/15/15 11:17pm ET
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden's two-year contract includes per-game bonuses each year that will give him incentive to stay healthy or fight through injuries to be on the field. In 2015, McFadden can receive a $9,375 per-game bonus. If he plays all 16 games in 2015, McFadden would receive $150,000 from the Cowboys. In 2016, McFadden can receive a $31,250 per-game bonus.
Huddle Up: You knew any kind of contract Run-DMC signed would (wisely) be loaded with incentives after the RB has missed an average of four games a year during his seven seasons with the Raiders. In any case, expect the Cowboys to add another prominent back this offseason -- most likely in the RB-loaded draft.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 3/12/15 11:42am ET
Free-agent RB DeMarco Murray (Cowboys) is flying to Philadelphia with the intent of signing with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, March 12. He would consider a last-minute, final offer from the Dallas Cowboys, though.
Huddle Up: Murray has left the door open for the Cowboys, but they had to do what they had to do in getting their top priority, Dez Bryant, signed. That said, seeing Murray end up with the division-rival Eagles likely isn't exactly the next-best scenario. In the meantime, Ryan Mathews' agreement with Philly might end up being as far as that goes if the Eagles decide to sign Murray.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 3/12/15 7:53pm ET
Updating a previous report, free-agent RB DeMarco Murray (Cowboys) is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles that will pay $42 million with $21 million guaranteed.
Huddle Up: The Eagles were easily able to outbid their cash-stapped NFC East rivals and lock up the 2014 NFL rushing leader who is coming off a whopping 449 touches last season. Philly also went ahead and still signed fellow FA back Ryan Mathews on Wednesday and with Darren Sproles still on the roster, look for Murray to see a marked drop in his workload.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 3/10/15 8:42pm ET
Free-agent RB DeMarco Murray (Cowboys) could land with the Philadelphia Eagles in free agency. QB Sam Bradford, who was traded to the Eagles Tuesday, March 10, played at Oklahoma with Murray.
Huddle Up: Murray would be a welcome addition for Philly fans, who have seen their team's starting QB, RB and top receiver from last season all depart over the last few days in a flurry of activity. The Eagles are in particular need of a RB with Frank Gore recently reversing course and opting to sign with the Colts. Landing Murray, of course, would also weaken a division rival, but rest assured Philly has plenty of company with the Jaguars and Raiders also reported to be among the list of teams courting the 2014 NFL rushing leader.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 3/7/15 11:51pm ET
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent RB DeMarco Murray appears likely to re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys, according to several league sources.
Huddle Up: Murray has already said he'd be willing to give the Cowboys a little bit of a discount, and with the market for running backs not particularly favorable--and the 2015 draft class one of the deeper running back groups in recent memory--he could certainly do worse than returning to Big D to run behind that dominant offensive line.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 3/3/15 4:04pm ET
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent RB DeMarco Murray would likely re-sign with the Cowboys if the offer they make him is equal or similar financially to offers he receives from other teams in free agency, according to league sources. Murray is expecting to have a 'vigorous' free-agent market for his services. He made $1.4 million last year, which ranked 23rd among running backs, and he led the league with 1,845 rushing yards on 392 carries in 2014.
Huddle Up: Problem is, the Cowboys aren't likely to be in the ballpark with other competing offers after franchising Dez Bryant and re-upping with wideout Cole Beasley on a four-year, $13.1 million extension.
Cole Beasley - WRPosted 3/3/15 4:04pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Cole Beasley agreed to a four-year contract extension worth $13.1 million. The extension could be worth as much as $15.1 million.
Huddle Up: Beasley opened some eyes with a career-high four TD grabs among his 37 catches out of the slot last season and is worthy complementary piece to Dez Bryant and Jason Witten. Fantasy-wise, Beasley has some PPR upside but don't expecting too much as long as Bryant, Witten and Terrance Williams are eating up most of Tony Romo's targets.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 3/2/15 6:31pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant received the franchise tag Monday, March 2. Bryant would make $12.823 million if he signs the tender offer.
Huddle Up: A one-year commitment allows the Cowboys to keep Bryant on the roster with limited risk should his off-the-field issues sidetrack him from the path to stardom he's currently on. And of course Dallas using the tag on Bryant means DeMarco Murray hits free agency.
DeMarco Murray - RBPosted 3/1/15 5:14pm ET
Dallas Cowboys impending free-agent RB DeMarco Murray probably will hit the free-agent market since contract talks with him have gone slow, according to executive vice president Stephen Jones, who also added that Murray could give the team a chance to match any offer he receives during free agency. "There is an expectation that he will get back to us before he signs with another club," Jones said. "There's a hope that he would. But that would be unfair to him and for other clubs to say he's going to bring something back."
Huddle Up: As has been the case, much depends on what happens with Dez Bryant. If the WR is tagged and is unable to work out a long-term deal, it almost certainly means that the Cowboys will be unable to match or come close to the competing offers made to Murray.
Dez Bryant - WRPosted 2/28/15 9:41pm ET
Dallas Cowboys WR Dez Bryant will receive the franchise tag by the deadline Monday, March 2, executive vice president Stephen Jones confirmed Saturday, Feb. 28. The move will guarantee Bryant roughly $13 million in 2015.
Huddle Up: The tag doesn't preclude the Cowboys from hammering out a long-term deal with Bryant, but they may be apprehensive about a commitment given Bryant's checkered off-the-field history. Bryant getting the tag also means the Cowboys are unlikely to retain DeMarco Murray, as the anticipated plan was to sign Bryant to a long-term deal and franchise the oft-injured running back coming off a career-high workload.
Cole Beasley - WRPosted 2/27/15 12:54pm ET
Free-agent WR Cole Beasley (Cowboys) and the Dallas Cowboys are discussing a contract extension that would keep Beasley under control for multiple seasons.
Huddle Up: The 5-8, 175-pound Beasley actually had more targets (54-49) and receptions (39-37) in 2013 than he did a season ago but doubling his TD output (4-2) attracted more fantasy attention. He's a decent -- but not great -- slot WR target for Tony Romo whose numbers should see modest increases.
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