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IRVING, Texas – This list centers on breaking down the Dallas Cowboys top NFL Draft picks in club history, round by round. These aren’t the best groups of draft picks in franchise history, but quite possibly the best in each round.

Now, back in 1961, the first regular draft in which the Dallas Cowboys participated, there were 20 rounds of picks, dropping to 17 from 1967-76 and then down to 12 from 1977-92. In 1993, the draft was eight rounds long, but it went to seven rounds in 1994 and has stayed there ever since.

So the list has been cut to 10 rounds, with honorable mention for Round 11. 

11 – Honorable Mention

Jethro Pugh/Chad Hennings/Dennis Thurman – The Dallas Cowboys had some quality players come from the 11th round. Jethro Pugh played 14 seasons, 1965-78, with the Cowboys and was a part of the Doomsday Defense. Thurman had a nickname in the secondary with “Thurman’s Thieves,” as he teamed up with Everson Walls to form a dynamic cornerback duo. And with Hennings, the Cowboys had good foresight, taking a player who had to fulfill his military obligations before coming to the team as a defensive line contributor.

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10 – Roger Staubach – Without a doubt, this is the easiest pick on the list. Staubach isn’t just the only superstar or Hall of Fame player in the 10th round for the Cowboys, but he’s the only regular starter. Staubach is arguably the best draft pick in franchise history, especially since the Cowboys knew he wouldn’t be available right away. Obviously, he was worth the wait.

9 – Kenny Gant – Hard to think Staubach is 10 on any list and Gant is 9, but there certainly weren’t many options here in the ninth round. Nicknamed the “Shark,” Gant was one of the best special teams players in Dallas Cowboys history and carved out a nice defensive role for himself in nickel packages.

8 – Kevin Gogan – Another light round of picks from which to choose, Gogan was one of the toughest offensive linemen the Cowboys had on those early 1990 squads. Some of his better days occurred after his time in Dallas, but as far as eighth-rounder’s go, Gogan is the best.

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7 – Rayfield Wright/Bob Hayes – Two Hall of Fame players drafted in the seventh round and both were great picks because the Cowboys showed their vision. Wright (pictured above) was actually a tight end before he moved to left tackle, and ‘Bullet” Bob Hayes (below) was an Olympic track star before becoming one of the more game-changing players in NFL history.

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Honorable Mentions: Leon Lett (pictured below), Jay Ratliff, Brock Marion.

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6 – D.D. Lewis – A staple at linebacker for many years, Lewis helped anchor a Doomsday Defense that was consistently one of the NFL’s best. Lewis narrowly edged out a few other solid contributors.
Honorable Mentions: George Andrie, Eugene Lockhart, Jim Cooper

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5 – Herschel Walker – This is one of the best draft picks in Dallas Cowboys history. The club had a hunch the USFL would fold, so taking a chance on the league’s best player proved to be a franchise-altering move. Walker’s trade in 1989 to the Vikings was one of the more influential swaps in sports history. Honorable Mentions: Walt Garrison, Blaine Nye, Ron Springs, Orlando Scandrick 

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4 – Tom Rafferty – This was another close position, but Rafferty’s 14 years of longevity gave him the ultimate edge. A versatile center who could also deep-snap, Rafferty was one of the more consistent linemen in Cowboys’ history.
Honorable Mentions: Pat Donovan, Marion Barber, Bradie James, Tony Tolbert

3 – Jason Witten – One of the best tight ends in NFL history and arguably the most complete player at his position in the entire league, Witten had a first-round grade back in 2003 but managed to fall to the third. Missing just one game in his 11-year career, Witten is easily categorized as one of the toughest players to wear the star on his helmet. And he’s one of the very few to participate in a single play without one. 

Honorable Mentions: Harvey Martin, Erik Williams, Charlie Waters

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2 – Larry Allen – The Cowboys took a chance on the quiet, yet strong-as-an-ox kid from tiny Sonoma State in California. It didn’t take long for them to realize Allen wasn’t just a mauling lineman, but a great athlete as well. He played every spot on the line but center, and was a first-ballot Hall of Fame selection this past season.
Honorable Mentions: Mel Renfro, Darren Woodson

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1 – Emmitt Smith – One year removed from trading Herschel Walker, the Cowboys needed to find a suitable replacement. While many draft experts pegged Smith as too small and not fast enough, the Cowboys traded from No. 21 to 17th overall to grab Smith, who turned out to be the final piece of the “Triplets.” Smith is now the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and it will take an abnormally durable career for another running back to surpass him.
Honorable Mentions: Bob Lilly, Randy White, Tony Dorsett, Michael Irvin, Troy Aikman.

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IRVING, Texas – While the Dallas Cowboys can only bring in 30 college prospects as national visits, there are no such rules for area standouts who fit the NFL’s criteria for the local workouts. For the Cowboys, the annual event is simply known as “Dallas Day” and today more than 50 players from either local colleges or high schools came to Valley Ranch for a workout for the club’s coaches and scouts.

NFL rules allow the workout to include players who attended college in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, mostly including TCU and SMU. Players from other colleges outside of the area can participate in Dallas Day if they played high school ball in the DFW area.

Among the some half-hundred players in attendance, a few well-known quarterbacks in this area were on hand, including SMU’s Garrett Gilbert, who started his career at Texas. TCU’s Casey Pachall and Missouri’s James Franklin were also among the quarterbacks working out.

Other recognizable names include Texas wide receiver Mike Davis (pictured above) and Texas A&M running back Ben Molina and Kansas running back James Sims.

Texas defensive end Jackson Jeffcoat, the son of former Cowboys standout Jim Jeffcoat, starred at nearby Plano West, a school that would certainly be in the range for the workout. However, with Jim Jeffcoat now coaching at Colorado, the family has since moved to Boulder and the Longhorns DE now doesn’t qualify, according to NFL rules.

In the past, the Cowboys have had some success with players from Dallas Day. In 2012, former SMU wide receiver Cole Beasley and current running back Lance Dunbar were Dallas Day standouts. A  year earlier, running back Phillip Tanner, who is now an unrestricted free agent, excelled at the workout.

Ten years ago, the Cowboys drafted a pair of seventh-rounder’s who starred at Dallas Day in wide receiver Patrick Crayton and cornerback Jacques Reeves.

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IRVING, Texas – The NFL released this year’s preseason scheduled matchups, with many specific dates still to be determined.

The Dallas Cowboys will go to San Diego in Week 1, host the Ravens in Week 2, travel to Miami in Week 3 and then host the Broncos on Aug. 28 in what will be the first reunion back at AT&T Stadium for former Cowboys great DeMarcus Ware. 

All of the Week 4 games will take place Aug. 28. The rest of the dates have not yet been announced, but Week 1’s games will occur Aug. 7-10, while Week 2 will be between Aug. 14-18 and Week 3 will take place Aug. 21-24.

The Cowboys will head out to Oxnard, Calif. in mid-to-late July, with their first game staying on the West Coast in San Diego. After hosting the Ravens, the Cowboys will travel to the other coast to take on Miami before returning home to face the Broncos.

Dallas played in the Hall of Fame Game last year, so it’ll have one fewer preseason game this time around. The 2014 preseason kicks off this year with the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 3, in Canton, Ohio, between the Buffalo Bills and the Jersey Giants.

Last year, the Cowboys stayed on the West Coast for both of their road preseason matchups after the Hall of Fame Game, traveling to Oakland and Arizona before returning home to play Cincinnati and Houston.

None of the Cowboys’ preseason games this year are scheduled to be nationally televised.

2014 Dallas Cowboys Preseason Schedule 2014

Week 1: @ San Diego Chargers

Week 2: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Week 3: @ Miami Dolphins

Aug. 28: vs. Denver Broncos


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IRVING, Texas – The NFL released this year’s preseason scheduled matchups, with many specific dates still to be determined.

The Dallas Cowboys will go to San Diego in Week 1, host the Ravens in Week 2, travel to Miami in Week 3 and then host the Broncos on Aug. 28 in what will be the first reunion back at AT&T Stadium for former Cowboys great DeMarcus Ware. 

All of the Week 4 games will take place Aug. 28. The rest of the dates have not yet been announced, but Week 1’s games will occur Aug. 7-10, while Week 2 will be between Aug. 14-18 and Week 3 will take place Aug. 21-24.

The Cowboys will head out to Oxnard, Calif. in mid-to-late July, with their first game staying on the West Coast in San Diego. After hosting the Ravens, the Cowboys will travel to the other coast to take on Miami before returning home to face the Broncos.

Dallas played in the Hall of Fame Game last year, so it’ll have one fewer preseason game this time around. The 2014 preseason kicks off this year with the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday, Aug. 3, in Canton, Ohio, between the Buffalo Bills and the Jersey Giants.

Last year, the Cowboys stayed on the West Coast for both of their road preseason matchups after the Hall of Fame Game, traveling to Oakland and Arizona before returning home to play Cincinnati and Houston.

None of the Cowboys’ preseason games this year are scheduled to be nationally televised.

2014 Dallas Cowboys Preseason Schedule 2014

Week 1: @ San Diego Chargers

Week 2: vs. Baltimore Ravens

Week 3: @ Miami Dolphins

Aug. 28: vs. Denver Broncos


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IRVING, Texas – Mock drafts might want to skip Dallas at 16, if history’s any indication.

Six of the past seven years, the Dallas Cowboys traded the first-round pick they were slotted for based on their record the previous season.

Most recently, the Cowboys traded from No. 18 to No. 31 in the first round in 2013 and picked up a third-round pick from San Francisco to select center Travis Frederick and wide receiver Terrance Williams, respectively, while the 49ers used their pick at No. 18 on safety Eric Reid.

It marked one of many first-round trades around the NFL in 2013, and it was a decision that appears to have paid off for both teams, though only time will tell.

The choice to trade down occurred one year after trading with the Rams to move up from No. 14 to No. 6 and grab cornerback Morris Claiborne. The Cowboys forfeited their second-round pick in the process – a pick the Bears then traded up for to grab wide receiver Alshon Jeffery. The Rams took defensive tackle Michael Brockers with the No. 14 pick.

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The 2011 NFL Draft marked the only time since 2007 the Cowboys stayed put and used the pick they were scheduled to have based on their record. They took Tyron Smith with the No. 9 pick overall and found their future star left tackle and would follow that pick up with Bruce Carter and DeMarco Murray.

Each of the four drafts prior to the Smith pick, the Dallas Cowboys made moves either up, back or out entirely.

Dallas lacked a first-round selection in 2009 after trading its No. 20 overall pick as well as a third-round pick and a sixth-round pick for wide receiver Roy Williams and a seventh-round pick. The Lions used that first-round pick on tight end Brandon Pettigrew. The Cowboys also traded their only second-round pick that year to Buffalo for third and fourth round choices.

That 2009 draft will go down as one of the Cowboys’ least successful in recent memory. None of the Cowboys’ 12 picks that season are still with the team, and most of them are no longer in the league. (Editors note: The 2009 NFL Draft was not particularly good for any NFL team.)

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The Cowboys ensured they wouldn’t wait around on talent a year later in 2010, trading their first-round pick at No. 27 and a third-round pick to move up for the Patriots’ first-round pick at No. 24 and a fourth-round pick. Dallas selected Dez Bryant at No. 24, while New England selected cornerback Devin McCourty at No. 27. The Cowboys also moved up a round later and traded their second and fourth round choices to the NFC East-rival Eagles to grab Sean Lee.

Both trade-ups in the 2009 scenario worked out for Dallas. The first-round trades in 2007 and 2008 were a bit more confusing to follow.

In 2007, the Dallas Cowboys traded their No. 22 overall pick to the Browns (who selected Brady Quinn), to grab the No. 36 overall pick and a 2008-first rounder. The Cowboys then traded that No. 36 pick to the Eagles, who landed Kevin Kolb with the selection, along with a third-round pick and a fifth-round pick to move back in the first round and select Anthony Spencer. There were a lot of moving parts, but in the end the Cowboys netted a Pro Bowl defensive end.

Their 2007 trade with Cleveland allowed the Cowboys to select Felix Jones in the first round at No. 22 overall in 2008. The Cowboys also moved up that year from No. 28 overall to No. 25 overall in a trade with Seattle that brought cornerback Mike Jenkins to Dallas. The Cowboys also dealt fifth and seventh round picks in the process.

The only year the Cowboys stayed put resulted in success in 2011. The Cowboys experienced varied successes and failures by moving up and down the last seven years, going to show there’s not always a black and white answer for the best decision from draft to draft.

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IRVING, Texas — In the coming weeks you will hear about NFL teams bringing in college players from around the country for the annual pre-draft visits. Each club is allowed to bring 30 players into their complex up until the week before the actual NFL draft.

These players will have the opportunity to visit with the front office and coaching staff for group or one-on-one meetings, tour the complex and take a physical if necessary. The clubs are not allowed to work these players out unless it is that player’s hometown, or if the school they attended is in the metro area of that team’s complex.

Earlier in the year, teams had the opportunity to visit with most these players for just fifteen minutes while they were in Indianapolis for the NFL Combine. During these official visits, the clubs are allowed to keep the players overnight and then meet with them the entire next day if necessary.

In the case of the Dallas Cowboys, Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett and Will McClay, along with the coaches and scouts will be able to interact with these players in a more comfortable setting. They can sit down and watch game tape with the players, as well as test them on X’s and O’s to see their ability to retain information.      

Coaches always welcome the opportunity to sit down with players and see what makes them tick. There were numerous times in my experiences preparing for a draft where a coach did or did not like what he heard from a player in one of the pre-draft visits.

I remember an example from Randy Moss’ pre-draft visit to Valley Ranch. The wide receivers coach at the time, Dwain Painter, brought up in a final draft meeting with Jerry Jones that he was turned off by Moss and his attitude. That feedback ultimately affected Jones’ decision not to draft him.

In these pre-draft visits you will hear about names like Aaron Donald and Kony Ealy, who are likely first round picks. But there will be other names on these visits that will be considerations much later in the draft. Maybe these players didn’t have a chance to go to the Combine and the club needs a physical on them before the draft. During this period, this is where you will see those physicals take place.

Along with the annual Dallas Day, these pre-draft visits are vital to working toward building the final draft board that the Cowboys will use. Impressions good or bad will shape that board and ultimately shape this team. As we start to bring you news of who is visiting Valley Ranch, pay close attention who they are because trust me, other teams around the league sure are.   


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To get a clearer understanding who the Dallas Cowboys might take with their 16th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, keep an eye on who their bring in for pre-draft visits, starting today and running through Wednesday.

The Cowboys are allowed to bring in 30 top prospects for national visits and considering the names reportedly already here or on the invite list for the up close and personal meet and greet, targeting the defense is the obvious focal point.

Many of the prospects came in Sunday night.

The expected visitors include Pittsburgh defensive tackle Aaron Donald (pictured above), Missouri defensive end Kony Ealy, UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, Boise State defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence, Arizona State defensive end Davon Coleman, Southeast Louisiana State defensive tackle Jerrod Black, Northwest Missouri cornerback Brandon Dixon, Northern Illinois strong safety Jimmie Ward.

These visits are important considering that DeMarcus Ware in 2005 and Morris Claiborne in 2012 were the only top picks taken by the Dallas Cowboys in the past nine drafts who didn’t make pre-draft visits to the team’s Valley Ranch headquarters.

Travis Frederick in 13, Tyron Smith in 2011, Dez Bryant in 2010, Jason Williams in in 2009, Felix Jones in 2008, Anthony Spencer in 2007 and Bobby Carpenter in 2006 were among the pre-draft visitors the year they were taking first by the Dallas Cowboys.

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During the 2009 NFL Season, then Tennessee Titans Running Back Chris Johnson ran for 2,006 yards (which at the time became just the 6th player in NFL history to surpass the 2,000+ rushing yard mark. Adrian Peterson would become the 7th in the 2012 season). Johnson’s expectations dramatically increased because of his performance that season. The following year Johnson ran for 1,364 yards on the ground and did produce another 1,300+ yards in a season throughout the remainder of his time in Tennessee.

Johnson was deemed by many, including myself, a failure because of his decline in production. But now that I am able to look at this whole picture from 20 feet away as opposed to 2 feet, I was able to see everything more clearly and realize that not only were Johnson’s expectations unfairly set high because of his career year, he still actually maintained similar production he produced throughout his entire career with the Titans.

I decided to take a look at Johnson’s career stats to date and noticed something that really stood out. Since being drafted by Tennessee back in 2008, Johnson has never had fewer than 1,400+ yards both rushing and receiving yards combined in a season. Another interesting observation I took note to was Johnson had 4 touchdown receptions in the 2013 season, the most he produced in a season to date.

As I began to rationalize the situation even more, I also realized that upon entering the league with the Titans, Johnson more or less carried the team on his back. Tennessee had no legitimate passing game and heavily relied on him (Johnson) to carry the load. In his first three seasons Johnson totaled 34 TD’s on the ground (2008- 9, 2009-14, 2010-11). Johnson’s decline in rushing yards really did not come until 2011, the same year as current starting quarterback Jake Locker was drafted, so it would only make sense that Johnson’s numbers would drop (Locker came in relief of Matt Hasselback midway through the season before being named starter from that point on). Finally the Titans had a (seemingly) franchise quarterback for the first time since drafting Vince Young (notice I said seemingly) and would not need Johnson to perform ‘miracles’ and run for 90 yard touchdowns.

Johnson was adjusting to a new system while still doing what he needed to do and never had below 1,000 yards rushing in a season, all the while still found a balance in assisting in the receiving game, scoring 10 total touchdowns in 2013 (6 rushing, 4 receiving) the most he has had overall since having 12 in the 2010 season (11 rushing, 1 receiving).

Sitting here now shaking my head, I realize how much of a mistake it was for the Titans to get rid of Johnson even though I was originally for it and viewed him as a ‘bust’ because he ‘failed’ to live up to his potential. The truth of the matter was that Johnson did everything for the team when he first entered the league, but as time went on the Titans were finally able to not be just one dimensional as they finally had the other assets to be a well balanced team. Wherever Johnson ends up from here, there is no reason to believe that he will not succeed on his new team because he obviously has a lot to offer!

 

Chris Johnson Career Stats

Rushing Receiving Total
2008 1,228 yards, 9 touchdowns 260 yards, 1 touchdown 1,488 yards 10 touchdowns
2009 2,006 yards, 14 touchdowns 503 yards, 2 touchdowns 2,509 yards, 16 touchdowns
2010 1,364 yards, 11 touchdowns 245 yards, 1 touchdown 1,609 yards, 12 touchdowns
2011 1,047 yards, 4 touchdowns 418 yards, 0 touchdowns 1,465 yards, 4 touchdowns
2012 1,243 yards, 6 touchdowns 232 yards, 0 touchdowns 1,475 yards, 6 touchdowns
2013 1,077 yards, 6 touchdowns 345 yards, 4 touchdowns 1,422 yards, 10 touchdowns
Career 7,965 yards, 50 touchdowns 2003 yards, 8 touchdowns 9,968 yards, 58 touchdowns

 

*Notes

Wide Receiver Nate Washington had 1,023 receiving yards in 2011

Kendall Wright who is coming off just his second season in the NFL, recorded 1,079 yards in 2013

After taking over for an injured Matt Hasselback, Jake Locker finished the 2011 season 34 of 66 for 542 yards passing and 4 passing td’s

Despite being intervened by an injury to his non-throwing shoulder, Locker passed for 2,176 yards in 11 games

In 2013 before going down with an injury, Locker had 1,256 passing yards through seven games

 

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The Tennessee Titans released Chris Johnson today, and hopefully for the Titans’ fans, the franchise has finally come around. Winning Super Bowls isn’t about jamming your 200 lb. running back into a ton of beef twenty-five times a game. Although the Titans saved $4 million by cutting Johnson, the front office must realize this is an opportunity for a change in football philosophy and not just a business decision.

On the field, no running back is worth a large investment—including Adrian Peterson. That’s right. Adrian Peterson isn’t worth building your franchise around. No running back is. Why is it taking so long for some franchises to figure this out?

Minnesota has had Adrian Peterson since 2007. The only time they won a playoff game during that stretch is when they brought in forty-year old Brett Favre. The Titans made the playoffs once with Chris Johnson. They lost 13-10.

Johnson and Peterson are both excellent running backs. But substitute them for quarterbacks who are on the same par as Johnson and Peterson are RBs, and you have QBs on the level of Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, and Peyton Manning; in other words, you’re going to get multiple playoff wins, Super Bowl appearances, and, maybe, a Super Bowl win.

Running backs are not obsolete. But they are simply a minor component to today’s NFL offenses. They need to learn how to block more than they need to run. Peterson and Johnson are outstanding, and it’s better to have them than not to have them—if you can get them for the right price. Some team may, in fact, snag Johnson for a bargain.

But the simple fact is you don’t need to spend millions on all-world talent for a player to simply run through holes, run draw plays, and catch easy passes out of the backfield. In today’s game, the running back is there to take pressure off your QB. And teams don’t need a Jim Brown for that.

Look at the Super Bowl winners of the past ten years. How many of these teams had one of the top five rushers in the league during the season they won the Super Bowl? One. New England. Corey Dillon. Oh, his quarterback was Tom Brady.

It’s time for the Tennessee Titans, Minnesota Vikings, and other franchises around the league to wake up. Three things need to be drummed into their collective heads: quarterback, offensive line, and defense. Plug in RBs and WRs as you go.

Adrian Peterson is a huge moneymaker for the Vikings. But if they wanted to win on the field, they should have worked to trade him for, yes Minnesota fans, a Herschel Walker-type trade to some gullible team. Or if no team was that stupid, they could have still worked a favorable deal even if it didn’t result in three Super Bowls in four years–at this point, I think the Vikings’ fans would settle for just one.

The Titans look like they might be ready to reassess their outlook by adding new coach Ken Whisenhunt and subtracting Johnson. Now, they can concentrate on what to do with Jake Locker, their OL, and their defense. At least that’s a start.

Desean Jackson was outstanding receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles and had a Pro Bowl season in 2013. It was a shock that the Eagles released him, and early this morning he signed a 3 year $24 million dollar deal with the Washington Redskins. The reason he was released from the Eagles that he had alleged gang ties. Those ties including two homicides that happened since 2010. The Eagles believed that Jackson’s association with alleged gang members had effective him negatively such as missing meetings, inconsistent work ethic, bad attitude, and not working well with Head Coach Chip Kelly. In a statement after his release from the Eagles, Jackson has denied any association with any gang. With Aaron Hernandez on trial for murder NFL teams are more carefully with their dealings of players especially those with character issues.    Jackson would not be dumb enough to ruin his career and future earnings with a gang association.     All athletes have to be careful with whom they associate with especially those who want ruin their future or cause them problems.   Sometimes they have to cut ties with their former friends in order to avoid trouble, and in former Eagles teammate Michael Vick’s case it almost ruined his career.   Jackson doesn’t want anything like that to occur in the near future.

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It would have been too easy and too boring for the Dallas Cowboys if DeSean Jackson had disappeared off to Oakland or Cleveland.

Instead, he’ll turn the spotlight back on Washington — which is precisely where it was for much of 2013, if you’ll remember. Jackson agreed to terms with the Redskins last night.

DeSean Jackson has never been a fan of the Cowboys. The receiver once famously declared “we gonna sting they ass’’ when he played for Philadelphia.

Jackson didn’t do a lot of stinging against the Cowboys the last three seasons. Will he have a better chance now that he’s with Washington?

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It almost seemed like the inevitable conclusion to Jackson’s release from Philadelphia last week. In keeping with the NFC East’s penchant for drama, the move not only keeps him within the same division as his old team, the Eagles, but also his old nemesis, the Cowboys.

The news brings a strange story to an end, as it had only been five days since the Eagles released Jackson for no definitive reason. It was widely speculated the three-time Pro Bowler would find a new home relatively quickly, and Washington wasted no time after visiting with Jackson on Monday night.

As if the storied Cowboys-Redskins rivalry needed any more juice, it certainly has picked up a bit this offseason. Washington signed lifelong Cowboys and 2013 Pro Bowler Jason Hatcher just three days into free agency, and now the Redskins have added Jackson — a favorite target of Dallas fans during his career in Philadelphia.

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In truth, Jackson’s success against the Cowboys has been lacking when compared to his impressive six-year career. He has played 11 games against Dallas, tallying 39 catches for 688 yards and just two touchdowns. That’s an average of 3.5 catches for 62.5 yards per game.

There are two obvious outliers there: Jackson torched the Cowboys for 210 yards and a touchdown on four catches in 2010, and he was also limited to just six catches for 49 yards in two games last year.

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That said, the addition of one of the league’s best deep threats is an undeniable boon for Washington. The Redskins have been lacking explosiveness in the passing game for what feels like ages. In fact, Pierre Garcon’s 1,346-yard effort in 2013 was the team’s first 1,000-yard season by a receiver since 2010, and it was just the team’s fourth 1,000-yard receiving season since 2004.

Combining Garcon and Jackson is undoubtedly going to open up the passing game for Robert Griffin III, who hasn’t had a true No. 1 receiver during his brief NFL career. It should also decrease the focus on Alfred Morris and Washington’s vaunted ground game, which was already plenty successful when the Redskins didn’t have a deep threat like Jackson.

On paper, at least, this is Washington’s most intimidating offense in some time. If Griffin returns to his 2012 form, and the offensive line can keep him on his feet, the Redskins should have no problems scoring points.

Of course, the offense scored plenty last season. The bigger problem was a leaky defense — something every team in the NFC East can likely relate to. The Redskins have taken some steps toward fixing that, headlined by the addition of Hatcher.

But there’s no doubt that adding Jackson is the first truly blockbuster move an NFC East team has made this offseason. The Cowboys and Redskins had both already added Pro Bowlers to this point — but Hatcher is turning 32 and Henry Melton is coming off ACL surgery.

The Eagles made waves by trading for Darren Sproles, but he is more of a complimentary piece. The Giants have added several good-not-great players, but no bonafide stars.

The Jackson deal is sure to put the Redskins in the limelight during Jay Gruden’s first season as coach. It’s hard to imagine high expectations for a team that finished 3-13 and doesn’t possess a first-round draft pick, but that’s what it’s looking like.

Signing an All-Pro, hot button target can do that for you — especially in this division.

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION - Dallas Cowboys featured on NFL Network's Dynasty Week - Roger Staubach

IRVING, Texas – This week is the Dallas Cowboys turn to be featured on NFL Network’s Dynasty Week, which runs each week with a new team throughout March.

The Cowboys are one of five NFL dynasties, along with the Packers, Patriots, Steelers and 49ers, that will be featured. Each “Dynasty Week” will feature team-related segments on NFL AM and NFL Total Access, as well as interviews with guests associated with each team.

Additionally, throughout the week NFL Network will show team-related editions of such shows as A Football Life, America’s Game, NFL’s Top 10 and Sound FX, as well as classic games and Super Bowl re-airs.

The series for the Dallas Cowboys begins Monday and continues through Sunday, April 6. Former Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton and former Cowboys defensive back Everson Walls are among the in-studio guests.

Cowboys Week features the following Cowboys-related programming:

Dallas Cowboys make a run unprecedented in NFL history by appearing in 12 championship games and five Super bowls - Dallas Cowboys history - 1960s 1970s 1980s

Monday, March 31

3:00 PM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Team Nicknames
4:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1971 Cowboys
5:00 PM CT – Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins
5:30 PM CT – Sound FX: The Triplets
8:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Tom Landry
9:00 PM CT – The Road to Canton: Deion Sanders
12 Midnight CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 1
2:00 AM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Dallas Cowboys
3:00 AM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Thanksgiving Moments
4:00 AM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Team Nicknames

DALLAS COWBOYS HISTORY - The Great Wall of Dallas - Cowboys trenches paved the way for an NFL historic run - The Triplets

Tuesday, April 1

1:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson 
2:00 PM CT – The Road to Canton: Deion Sanders
3:00 PM CT – NFL Film Session: Emmitt Smith: Run with History
4:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1977 Cowboys
5:00 PM CT – Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos
5:30 PM CT – Sound FX: Terrell Owens
8:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson
9:00 PM CT – The Road to Canton: Michael Irvin
12 Midnight CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 2
2:00 AM CT – NFL Classic Games: 1975 Divisional Playoff – Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings
4:30 AM CT – Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos

DALLAS COWBOYS HISTORY - The Great Wall of Dallas - Cowboys trenches paved the way for an NFL historic run - 1990's Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman huddle

Wednesday, April 2

1:00 PM CT – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXVII – Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
4:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1992 Cowboys
5:00 PM CT – Super Bowl XXVII: Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
5:30 PM CT – Sound FX: Bill Parcells
8:00 PM CT – NFL’s Greatest Games: 1992 NFC Championship Game – Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
9:30 PM CT – Super Bowl XXVII: Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
12 Midnight CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 3
2:00 AM CT – NFL Classic Games: 1992 NFC Championship Game – Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers

DALLAS COWBOYS HISTORY - The Great Wall of Dallas - Cowboys trenches paved the way for an NFL historic run - Mark Tuinei

Thursday, April 3

1:00 PM CT – NFL Classic Games: Week 17, 1993 – Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
4:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1993 Cowboys
5:30 PM CT – Sound FX: The Triplets
8:00 PM CT – A Football Life: The Great Wall of Dallas
9:00 PM CT – NFL Film Session: Emmitt Smith: Run with History
12 Midnight CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 4
2:00 AM CT – NFL Classic Games: Week 14, 1994 – Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys

DALLAS COWBOYS HISTORY - The Great Wall of Dallas - Cowboys trenches paved the way for an NFL historic run - Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton

Friday, April 4

1:00 PM CT – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
4:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1995 Cowboys
5:00 PM CT – Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
5:30 PM CT – Sound FX: Tony Romo 
8:00 PM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Dallas Cowboys
9:00 PM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Thanksgiving Moments
12 Midnight CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 5
2:00 AM CT – NFL Classic Games: 1995 NFC Championship Game – Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys

The 1968 Dallas Cowboys qualified for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season - Dallas Cowboys history

Saturday, April 5

8:00 AM CT – A Football Life: Tom Landry
9:00 AM CT – A Football Life: The Great Wall of Dallas
10:00 AM CT – A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson
11:00 AM CT – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXVII – Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
2:00 PM CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 1
3:00 PM CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 2
4:00 PM CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 3
5:00 PM CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 4
6:00 PM CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 5
8:00 PM CT – A Football Life: The Great Wall of Dallas
9:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson
11:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Tom Landry
12 Midnight CT – NFL’s Top 10: Dallas Cowboys
2:00 PM CT – NFL Classic Games: 1992 NFC Championship Game – Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers

FIRST WIN - In September of 1961 the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Cotton Bowl for their first ever franchise victory - Dallas Cowboys history

Sunday, April 6

8:00 AM CT – The Road to Canton: Michael Irvin
9:00 AM CT – The Road to Canton: Deion Sanders
10:00 AM CT – NFL Film Session: Emmitt Smith: Run with History
11:00 AM CT – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
2:00 PM CT – A Football Life: The Great Wall of Dallas
3:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson
4:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Tom Landry
5:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1971 Cowboys
6:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1977 Cowboys
7:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1992 Cowboys
8:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1993 Cowboys
9:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1995 Cowboys
10:00 PM CT – Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins
10:30 PM CT – Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos
11:00 PM CT – Super Bowl XXVII: Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
11:30 PM CT – Super Bowl XXVIII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills
12 Midnight CT – Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
12:30 AM CT – NFL’s Greatest Games: 1992 NFC Championship Game – San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys
2:00 PM CT – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION - Dallas Cowboys featured on NFL Network's Dynasty Week - Roger Staubach

IRVING, Texas – This week is the Dallas Cowboys turn to be featured on NFL Network’s Dynasty Week, which runs each week with a new team throughout March.

The Cowboys are one of five NFL dynasties, along with the Packers, Patriots, Steelers and 49ers, that will be featured. Each “Dynasty Week” will feature team-related segments on NFL AM and NFL Total Access, as well as interviews with guests associated with each team.

Additionally, throughout the week NFL Network will show team-related editions of such shows as A Football Life, America’s Game, NFL’s Top 10 and Sound FX, as well as classic games and Super Bowl re-airs.

The series for the Dallas Cowboys begins Monday and continues through Sunday, April 6. Former Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton and former Cowboys defensive back Everson Walls are among the in-studio guests.

Cowboys Week features the following Cowboys-related programming:

Dallas Cowboys make a run unprecedented in NFL history by appearing in 12 championship games and five Super bowls - Dallas Cowboys history - 1960s 1970s 1980s

Monday, March 31

3:00 PM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Team Nicknames
4:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1971 Cowboys
5:00 PM CT – Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins
5:30 PM CT – Sound FX: The Triplets
8:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Tom Landry
9:00 PM CT – The Road to Canton: Deion Sanders
12 Midnight CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 1
2:00 AM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Dallas Cowboys
3:00 AM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Thanksgiving Moments
4:00 AM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Team Nicknames

DALLAS COWBOYS HISTORY - The Great Wall of Dallas - Cowboys trenches paved the way for an NFL historic run - The Triplets

Tuesday, April 1

1:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson 
2:00 PM CT – The Road to Canton: Deion Sanders
3:00 PM CT – NFL Film Session: Emmitt Smith: Run with History
4:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1977 Cowboys
5:00 PM CT – Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos
5:30 PM CT – Sound FX: Terrell Owens
8:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson
9:00 PM CT – The Road to Canton: Michael Irvin
12 Midnight CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 2
2:00 AM CT – NFL Classic Games: 1975 Divisional Playoff – Dallas Cowboys vs. Minnesota Vikings
4:30 AM CT – Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos

DALLAS COWBOYS HISTORY - The Great Wall of Dallas - Cowboys trenches paved the way for an NFL historic run - 1990's Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman huddle

Wednesday, April 2

1:00 PM CT – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXVII – Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
4:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1992 Cowboys
5:00 PM CT – Super Bowl XXVII: Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
5:30 PM CT – Sound FX: Bill Parcells
8:00 PM CT – NFL’s Greatest Games: 1992 NFC Championship Game – Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers
9:30 PM CT – Super Bowl XXVII: Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
12 Midnight CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 3
2:00 AM CT – NFL Classic Games: 1992 NFC Championship Game – Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers

DALLAS COWBOYS HISTORY - The Great Wall of Dallas - Cowboys trenches paved the way for an NFL historic run - Mark Tuinei

Thursday, April 3

1:00 PM CT – NFL Classic Games: Week 17, 1993 – Dallas Cowboys vs. New York Giants
4:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1993 Cowboys
5:30 PM CT – Sound FX: The Triplets
8:00 PM CT – A Football Life: The Great Wall of Dallas
9:00 PM CT – NFL Film Session: Emmitt Smith: Run with History
12 Midnight CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 4
2:00 AM CT – NFL Classic Games: Week 14, 1994 – Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys

DALLAS COWBOYS HISTORY - The Great Wall of Dallas - Cowboys trenches paved the way for an NFL historic run - Dallas Cowboys offensive lineman Nate Newton

Friday, April 4

1:00 PM CT – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
4:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1995 Cowboys
5:00 PM CT – Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
5:30 PM CT – Sound FX: Tony Romo 
8:00 PM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Dallas Cowboys
9:00 PM CT – NFL’s Top 10: Thanksgiving Moments
12 Midnight CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 5
2:00 AM CT – NFL Classic Games: 1995 NFC Championship Game – Green Bay Packers vs. Dallas Cowboys

The 1968 Dallas Cowboys qualified for the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season - Dallas Cowboys history

Saturday, April 5

8:00 AM CT – A Football Life: Tom Landry
9:00 AM CT – A Football Life: The Great Wall of Dallas
10:00 AM CT – A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson
11:00 AM CT – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXVII – Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
2:00 PM CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 1
3:00 PM CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 2
4:00 PM CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 3
5:00 PM CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 4
6:00 PM CT – Hard Knocks: 2008 Cowboys: Episode 5
8:00 PM CT – A Football Life: The Great Wall of Dallas
9:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson
11:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Tom Landry
12 Midnight CT – NFL’s Top 10: Dallas Cowboys
2:00 PM CT – NFL Classic Games: 1992 NFC Championship Game – Dallas Cowboys vs. San Francisco 49ers

FIRST WIN - In September of 1961 the Dallas Cowboys defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Cotton Bowl for their first ever franchise victory - Dallas Cowboys history

Sunday, April 6

8:00 AM CT – The Road to Canton: Michael Irvin
9:00 AM CT – The Road to Canton: Deion Sanders
10:00 AM CT – NFL Film Session: Emmitt Smith: Run with History
11:00 AM CT – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
2:00 PM CT – A Football Life: The Great Wall of Dallas
3:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Jimmy Johnson
4:00 PM CT – A Football Life: Tom Landry
5:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1971 Cowboys
6:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1977 Cowboys
7:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1992 Cowboys
8:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1993 Cowboys
9:00 PM CT – America’s Game: 1995 Cowboys
10:00 PM CT – Super Bowl VI: Dallas Cowboys vs. Miami Dolphins
10:30 PM CT – Super Bowl XII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Denver Broncos
11:00 PM CT – Super Bowl XXVII: Buffalo Bills vs. Dallas Cowboys
11:30 PM CT – Super Bowl XXVIII: Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills
12 Midnight CT – Super Bowl XXX: Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
12:30 AM CT – NFL’s Greatest Games: 1992 NFC Championship Game – San Francisco 49ers vs. Dallas Cowboys
2:00 PM CT – Super Bowl Classics: Super Bowl XXX – Dallas Cowboys vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

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NEW 2013 NFL RULES - Officials discuss changes beginning in upcoming season - The Boys Are Back blog

ORLANDO, Fla. — On the third day of the NFL Annual Meeting, the league’s ownership got down to voting.

One day after approving a rule to allow referees to consult with the officiating department in New York during replay review (see below), the league came to a decision on the rest of the rule proposals on the docket. Here’s a quick summary of the measures:

Rule changes

  • The proposal to extend the goal posts five feet taller has passed.

“It just made sense,” Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. It passed “relatively easily.”

  • The “NaVorro Bowman Rule” was passed. That allows the officials to make the recovery of a loose ball in the field of play a reviewable call. This loophole was exposed when Bowman clearly recovered a ball in the NFC Championship Game last year, but the play couldn’t be under review.
  • The game clock will now continue after a quarterback sack outside of two minutes.

Failed proposals

  • Multiple proposals to expand plays that can be reviewed were shot down. The Patriots had suggested allowing all plays to be reviewed. The Washington Redskins wanted personal fouls to be reviewed.

Less than 50 percent of coaches supported the measure to make all plays reviewable, according to the Competition Committee. The committee said the topic inspired a lot of debate.

  • The proposal to move the kickoff to the 40-yard line was shot down. So was their idea to eliminate the training camp roster cutdown to 75 players.
  • The proposal to move the extra point back to the 25-yard line failed, but the league will experiment with a new extra-point system during the preseason. Extra points in Weeks 1 and 2 of the preseason will be snapped from the 20-yard line. (Making them like a 37-yard field goal.)
  • The proposal to allow an unlimited number of players on injured reserve to return to the active roster failed. Jeff Fisher of the Competition Committee said that vote wasn’t close.

No decision yet

  • The abolition of overtime in the preseason was tabled until May.
  • The idea to expand the practice squad from eight to ten players was also tabled. The same goes for expanding rosters for Thursday night games to 49 from 46.
  • The league also put off deciding whether to allow teams to open their roof during halftime at games for weather reasons.
  • The Competition Committee told the Patriots that it will look at the possibility of adding cameras to all goal lines, side lines and end lines. The NFL will discuss the possibility with its broadcast partners.

RELATED: NFL approves rule that changes the replay process

referee ed hochuli (85) at work in the half - the boys are back blog

ORLANDO, Fla. — NFL owners voted to significantly change the instant replay process.

The league announced owners voted to pass Rule Proposal 9 at the 2014 NFL Annual Meeting, which says that referees can consult with the officiating department in New York during replay reviews.

This proposal always had a wide swath of support throughout the league because there is belief it will improve accuracy and speed during replay reviews. The existing NFL Officiating Command Center in New York immediately will begin to review replays after the call is challenged. By the time the referee gets to his “booth,” the command center can advise the referee on what to look for in the play. The referee ultimately makes the final choice on the play.

It’s hard to see the downside of this rule. It should prevent obvious mistakes from happening.

The league also voted to ban “roll up” blocks to the side of a player’s leg. This is a tweak of the rule that bans these blocks from behind. It should help mostly defensive players, and is a relatively minor adjustment on the previous rule.

The rest of the rules and bylaws proposals are expected to be voted on during Wednesday’s session (see above).

Filed under: Around the NFL, Dallas Cowboys players, Edited: Robert D Knight, NFL Dallas Cowboys Offseason, NFL Officials, NFL Owners Meeting, NFL Photographs, NFL website Tagged: NFL, NFL instant replay, NFL Officials, NFL rule changes

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PLAYERS PERFORMANCE PAY - Dallas Cowboys left guard Ronald Leary ranks third for 2013 - The Boys Are Back website 2014

IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys guard Ronald Leary ranked third in the league in performance-based pay for 2013, the NFL announced in its annual report.

The purpose of the program is to compensate players whose playing time surpasses their contract for the league year. Leary earned an additional $307,104.43, making him one of 11 players in the league to make at least $250,000 in additional compensation, due April 1.

Compensation does not count against the NFL’s salary cap of $133 million. Each team is allotted roughly $3.5 million to compensate players through an agreement with the NFL Players Association.

Leary started all 16 games at left guard last season, after he signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He spent the majority of his rookie year on the practice squad before taking over for Nate Livings in training camp last summer.

Upon taking over the starting role, Leary played 71.3 percent of the team’s offensive snaps last year.

Before accounting for his performance-based pay, Leary’s initial salary for the 2013 season was $405,000. He’s slated to make $495,000 in 2014 – the final year of his initial contract before he becomes a restricted free agent in 2015.

Several other Cowboys players benefitted from the performance-based pay program, largely thanks to the rash of injuries that forced unheralded players into the starting lineup. Safety Jeff Heath, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Saginaw Valley State, rose up the depth chart to start eight games and roughly 57 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.

Heath’s compensation for 2013 is $247,273.09. Defensive tackle Nick Hayden, who was also an afterthought on the training camp roster before starting all 16 games, made an additional $156,788.33.

Nine Cowboys players in all earned more than $100,000 in extra compensation – including 16-game rookie starter Travis Frederick and fellow rookie starters Terrance Williams, and J.J. Wilcox.

George Selvie, who is now the Dallas Cowboys returning sack leader from 2013, also earned an additional $141,704.71 after earning a starting spot as a late addition to the training camp roster.

All told, the Cowboys made performance payments to 39 players during the 2013 season.

Filed under: Dallas Cowboys Game Recap/Statistics, David Helman, Edited: Robert D Knight, NFL, NFL Dallas Cowboys Contracts, NFL Photographs Tagged: Dallas Cowboys roster 2013-2014, Dallas Cowboys salary cap, Ron Leary, Ronald Leary

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PLAYERS PERFORMANCE PAY - Dallas Cowboys left guard Ronald Leary ranks third for 2013 - The Boys Are Back website 2014

IRVING, Texas – Dallas Cowboys guard Ronald Leary ranked third in the league in performance-based pay for 2013, the NFL announced in its annual report.

The purpose of the program is to compensate players whose playing time surpasses their contract for the league year. Leary earned an additional $307,104.43, making him one of 11 players in the league to make at least $250,000 in additional compensation, due April 1.

Compensation does not count against the NFL’s salary cap of $133 million. Each team is allotted roughly $3.5 million to compensate players through an agreement with the NFL Players Association.

Leary started all 16 games at left guard last season, after he signed with Dallas as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He spent the majority of his rookie year on the practice squad before taking over for Nate Livings in training camp last summer.

Upon taking over the starting role, Leary played 71.3 percent of the team’s offensive snaps last year.

Before accounting for his performance-based pay, Leary’s initial salary for the 2013 season was $405,000. He’s slated to make $495,000 in 2014 – the final year of his initial contract before he becomes a restricted free agent in 2015.

Several other Cowboys players benefitted from the performance-based pay program, largely thanks to the rash of injuries that forced unheralded players into the starting lineup. Safety Jeff Heath, an undrafted rookie free agent out of Saginaw Valley State, rose up the depth chart to start eight games and roughly 57 percent of the team’s defensive snaps.

Heath’s compensation for 2013 is $247,273.09. Defensive tackle Nick Hayden, who was also an afterthought on the training camp roster before starting all 16 games, made an additional $156,788.33.

Nine Cowboys players in all earned more than $100,000 in extra compensation – including 16-game rookie starter Travis Frederick and fellow rookie starters Terrance Williams, and J.J. Wilcox.

George Selvie, who is now the Dallas Cowboys returning sack leader from 2013, also earned an additional $141,704.71 after earning a starting spot as a late addition to the training camp roster.

All told, the Cowboys made performance payments to 39 players during the 2013 season.

Filed under: Dallas Cowboys Game Recap/Statistics, David Helman, Edited: Robert D Knight, NFL, NFL Dallas Cowboys Contracts, NFL Photographs Tagged: Dallas Cowboys roster 2013-2014, Dallas Cowboys salary cap, Ron Leary, Ronald Leary

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NFL COMPENSATORY PICKS - League awards Dallas Cowboys 3 additional picks for 2014 NFL Draft

ORLANDO – The Dallas Cowboys saw their 2014 draft pick total jump from eight players to 11 with one announcement Monday by the NFL.

The league awarded three compensatory picks to the Cowboys – all in the seventh round, giving the Cowboys six in the final round, although those three new picks cannot be traded.

The NFL gave the Cowboys the picks for the free-agent losses of Kenyon Coleman, Mike Jenkins, Victor Butler and John Phillips, while only acquiring Justin Durant in free agency.

The Cowboys picked up a seventh-rounder in early September in a trade with Kansas City for Edgar Jones, but lost their sixth-rounder. The Cowboys added a seventh-rounder from Chicago for Dante Rosario, giving them three sevenths, including their own, before Monday’s additions.

The sixth-round pick they acquired from San Diego for Sean Lissemore was traded away to Indianapolis for Caesar Rayford.

The Cowboys do not have a sixth-round pick because of their trade to acquire Edgar Jones. However, if they covet a player in that round, it seems likely they have some firepower in the

seventh to move up. The Cowboys picked up two seventh-round picks in September trades for Sean Lissemore and Dante Rosario with San Diego and Chicago, respectively.

Although they didn’t have a pick in the final round last year, seventh-round picks have been good for the Cowboys in the past. Jay Ratliff (2005) was a seventh-rounder who made four Pro Bowls. Patrick Crayton, Jacques Reeves and Nate Jones all made the team in 2004 after being seventh-round picks and played multiple years.

However last year, the only seventh-round picks on the Cowboys’ roster were not drafted by Dallas –George Selvie and Mackenzy Bernadeau.

The Cowboys have one draft pick in each of the first five rounds, including the 16th overall pick in the first round. The club has not picked 16th since 1961 when they took E.J. Holub, an offensive lineman who eventually went to the AFL and never played for the Cowboys.

Filed under: Dallas Cowboys News, NFL, NFL Dallas Cowboys Offseason, NFL Draft, NFL Photographs, Nick Eatman Tagged: 2014 NFL draft, Dallas Cowboys Draft 2014, NFL Draft 2014

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NFL COMPENSATORY PICKS - League awards Dallas Cowboys 3 additional picks for 2014 NFL Draft

ORLANDO – The Dallas Cowboys saw their 2014 draft pick total jump from eight players to 11 with one announcement Monday by the NFL.

The league awarded three compensatory picks to the Cowboys – all in the seventh round, giving the Cowboys six in the final round, although those three new picks cannot be traded.

The NFL gave the Cowboys the picks for the free-agent losses of Kenyon Coleman, Mike Jenkins, Victor Butler and John Phillips, while only acquiring Justin Durant in free agency.

The Cowboys picked up a seventh-rounder in early September in a trade with Kansas City for Edgar Jones, but lost their sixth-rounder. The Cowboys added a seventh-rounder from Chicago for Dante Rosario, giving them three sevenths, including their own, before Monday’s additions.

The sixth-round pick they acquired from San Diego for Sean Lissemore was traded away to Indianapolis for Caesar Rayford.

The Cowboys do not have a sixth-round pick because of their trade to acquire Edgar Jones. However, if they covet a player in that round, it seems likely they have some firepower in the

seventh to move up. The Cowboys picked up two seventh-round picks in September trades for Sean Lissemore and Dante Rosario with San Diego and Chicago, respectively.

Although they didn’t have a pick in the final round last year, seventh-round picks have been good for the Cowboys in the past. Jay Ratliff (2005) was a seventh-rounder who made four Pro Bowls. Patrick Crayton, Jacques Reeves and Nate Jones all made the team in 2004 after being seventh-round picks and played multiple years.

However last year, the only seventh-round picks on the Cowboys’ roster were not drafted by Dallas –George Selvie and Mackenzy Bernadeau.

The Cowboys have one draft pick in each of the first five rounds, including the 16th overall pick in the first round. The club has not picked 16th since 1961 when they took E.J. Holub, an offensive lineman who eventually went to the AFL and never played for the Cowboys.

Filed under: Dallas Cowboys News, NFL, NFL Dallas Cowboys Offseason, NFL Draft, NFL Photographs, Nick Eatman Tagged: 2014 NFL draft, Dallas Cowboys Draft 2014, NFL Draft 2014

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FALSE PRETENSE OF INJURY - Dallas Cowboys file complaint regarding former DT Jay Ratliff - The Boys Are Back website 2014

ORLANDO – Since the Cowboys waived defensive tackle Jay Ratliff, the Cowboys have been rather mum on any discussions regarding the move.

But today, team owner Jerry Jones has confirmed the club has filed a complaint to the NFL regarding Ratliff and hopes to eventually recoup money paid to the defensive tackle. According to sources, the Cowboys are seeking repayment for his 2013 salary and portions of the $18 million guaranteed that Ratliff received as part of a five-year, $40 million contract he signed in 2011. The Cowboys are also trying to get money back that Ratliff owes on a suite at AT&T Stadium.

Since Ratliff was released by the Cowboys, it’s unlikely the team can issue a grievance based on the rules of the recent Collective Bargaining Agreement, but instead have filed a complaint.

“It just stems from him not playing for us under the pretense of injury, and then days later playing for someone else,” Jones said in between busy at the league owners meetings in Orlando. “We just have a complaint and we’ll see where we take it from there.”

Jones chose not to get into more specifics of the situation and said he would prefer to get some resolve on the issue “hopefully soon,” although he pointed out these cases can take several months, if not longer.

Ratliff, who cut on Oct. 17, but later signed with the Bears and played the last five games of the 2013 season, including the Dec. 9 meeting with the Cowboys.

Injuries prevented Ratliff from meeting the lofty expectations of his last contract, which was his third with the Cowboys, who drafted him in the seventh round in 2005. Ratliff signed a five-year extension in 2007 before his last extension four years ago.

In 2012, Ratliff missed a total of 10 games with two different injuries – a high-ankle sprain that forced him out of the first four games and then the final six with an injury that was initially listed as a strained groin. During his six-game absence, Ratliff and Jerry Jones had a heated altercation in the locker room after a game at AT&T Stadium. Witnesses close to the argument say it stemmed from Jones trying to give Ratliff a pep talk and expressed the team’s need for him to be on the field.

Ratliff later underwent sports hernia surgery in January and was expected to be completely healthy by the start of training camp.

In fact, Ratliff participated in the conditioning run in Oxnard, Calif. in late July, but reportedly suffered a hamstring injury.

By the time the Cowboys broke camp in mid-August, Ratliff was apparently having more issues with the groin again and that was the reason the team kept him on PUP (Physically Unable to Perform), where he couldn’t play for the first six games of the season. After that time period expired, the Cowboys chose to release him. Soon afterwards, Ratliff’s agent, Mark Slough, told reporters in a conference call his client had a “serious injury.” However, Ratliff signed with the Bears two weeks later, and has since re-signed a two-year extension to stay in Chicago.

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According to the Miami Herald, native and Tennessee Titans defensive end Adewale Ojomo was arrested Friday after soliciting a prostitute.

According to a Miami police arrest report, Ojomo solicited an undercover detective during a sting on Northeast Second Avenue and 22nd Street, an area known for prostitution.  For more details go to the following link  http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/03/21/4009057/former-um-lineman-ojomo-now-a.html

The offensive line withheld the pressure and did not allow Ojomo into the backfield. While he sits in his jail cell, Ojomo will go back to the drawing board to figure out where he went wrong.

 

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After only three seasons in the NFL, former Alabama star quarterback Greg McElroy has decided to announce his retirement. McElroy who was selected by the New York Jets in the 7th round of the 2011 NFL Draft, played in just two games and losing his only game in which he was named starter. McElroy finished 19 of 31 in passing, 214 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. After suffering an ankle injury during the 2013 preseason, McElroy was let go by the Jets, but then was assigned to the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad. During his college career at Alabama, McElroy led the Crimson Tide to a National Championship in his junior season and finished with a career total of 5,691 passing yards, 39 touchdowns including 2 TD’s on the ground.

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