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June 27, 2020


Jamal Adams could happen

       Trading for Adams would go against 18 years of the Cowboys more or less deprioritizing the safety position -- Jerry Jones hasn't selected a safety in the first two rounds of the draft since making Roy Williams the No. 8 overall pick in 2002, nor has he paid record-setting money for any player at the position.

 The Cowboys believe other roster spots are more worthy of investment than the safety. 

June 26, 2020

Ezekiel Elliott sued over alleged dog attack

     Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is facing a lawsuit from a woman who says his three dogs attacked her while she was on his property to clean his pool. The woman says Elliott’s three dogs all bit her on March 11, with a Rottweiler dragging her by her arm while two bulldogs bit her legs. 

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June 25, 2020

Hall of Fame Game canceled

       The Hall of Fame Game, the league’s annual preseason kickoff in Canton, Ohio, has been canceled.

The Dallas Cowboys-Pittsburgh Steelers were to face each other on Aug. 6th.

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June 25, 2020

Elliott feeling good after exhibiting coronavirus symptoms for 2 days

     No one was shocked when the news broke that Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott had contracted the coronavirus. Elliott was the big name among a number of Cowboys and Houston Texans players to test positive for the virus in mid-June.

Speaking on a Twitch stream Wednesday, Zeke shared how hard the virus hit him.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott says on Twitch that he feels "good" and "normal" after positive COVID-19 test.

Zeke said he had symptoms including cough, shortness of breath for 1-2 days. Can't work out yet but he's feeling much better. 

"I'm feeling good. I would say I had one or two days where I felt symptoms and even then it wasn't too bad. I had a cough and a little bit of shortness of breath. Now, obviously, I feel good, I feel normal," he said.

Elliott added he's still not able to work out. He'll give himself another week to get retested.

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June 22, 2020

Prescott signs $31.4M franchise tag

       Dak has officially signed the franchise tag placed on him in March.

The tag is worth $31.4 million for the 2020 season and gives the two sides until July 15 to negotiate a long-term deal, reports NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.

The Cowboys have failed to come to terms on a multi-year extension with their starting quarterback since talks began prior to the 2019 season.

Prescott reportedly turned down a deal that would have paid him $33 million per season and, in May, Dallas reportedly offered to make Prescott the second-highest-paid quarterback by average annual value. That deal would have been worth between $34 million and $35 million per season.

Prescott is entering his fifth year as the Cowboys' starting quarterback. He's gone 40-24 in four seasons and has led Dallas to the playoffs on two occasions.

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June 22, 2020

Travis Frederick wins PFWA’s George Halas Award

       Former Cowboys center Travis Frederick won the 2020 George Halas Award as selected by the Pro Football Writers of America.

The Halas Award is awarded to an NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed.

Frederick missed the entire 2018 season after being diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome during training camp. He returned to make the Pro Bowl in 2019 but retired this offseason.

Frederick, the 52nd Halas Award winner, is the second member of the Cowboys’ franchise to receive the honor from the PFWA, joining Roger Staubach (1980).

Other 2020 nominees for the Halas Award were Ravens tight ends coach Bobby Engram, Vikings defensive lineman Everson Griffen, Chargers tackle Russell Okung and Raiders tight end Darren Waller.

The Halas Award is one of the two oldest awards presented by the PFWA, along with the Dick McCann Award, presented to a reporter who has made a long and distinguished contribution to pro football through coverage.

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June 15, 2020

Several Cowboys, including Zeke Elliott, test positive for COVID-19

       Multiple players from the Dallas Cowboys have tested positive for COVID-19, including RB Zeke Elliott, per the NFL Network.

Agent Rocky Arceneaux said, via Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, that running back Ezekiel Elliott has tested positive. Arceneaux added that Elliott is feeling good at the moment. Elliott has not been at the team’s facility.

The Cowboys have not commented on any positive tests while citing privacy laws governing health information of team employees.

NFL protocols for players testing positive during camp, the preseason and the regular season have yet to be fully detailed. They are expected to be laid out before players report this summer and the guidelines will likely be informed by the way sports leagues around the world have handled their own returns in recent weeks.

The players in question aren’t believed to have been in team facilities, but the only players who have been were those rehabbing from previous injuries with the training staff.

Texas is among the states hitting peaks of cases and hospitalizations around the country.

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June 3, 2020

Prescott pledges $1M for police training, education on systemic racism

      Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott said Wednesday that he's pledging $1 million to "improve our police training and address systemic racism through education and advocacy in our country."

Prescott made the announcement in a four-page statement on Instagram:

A post shared by Dak Prescott (@_4dak) on Jun 3, 2020 at 8:34am PDT

"As our communities take action, protesting and fighting for the justice of George Floyd and every black life, I am with you! I have viewed these protests and riots in our streets as a form of strength and an attempt to show we as black people have rights that aren't perceived equally as our counterparts," wrote Prescott.

He added: "We will clean our streets and our communities, not only of the looting and violence, but, most importantly, (of) the racism, racial profiling, and hate!"

Prescott also called on police to hold their fellow officers accountable.

"To the men and women that police our streets, I have the utmost respect for those of you with a passion for protecting and serving our communities," Prescott wrote. "When you chose to wear a badge of a police officer, you pledged to PROTECT life and property through the enforcement of our laws and regulations.

"How can you claim to uphold the law when those within your ranks don't abide by it? You need to hold your own accountable! Each of you are as guilty as the men who stood beside Derek Chauvin if you do not stand up against the systemic racism plaguing our police forces nationwide."

In the wake of Floyd's death while in the custody of Minnesota police, and subsequent nationwide protests, high-profile quarterbacks such as 2020 No. 1 pick Joe Burrow and Carson Wentz have spoken out against police brutality and racial inequality.

But Prescott is the first to make a seven-figure donation to help combat the crisis.

The Cowboys quarterback is set to earn $31.8 million in 2020 while on the franchise tag. Prescott was among the lowest-paid starters in the league while on his rookie contract, averaging around $1 million a year since being drafted in 2016.

June 2, 2020

Cowboys ordered to stay in Frisco

      For 14 summers now, including some or all of the past eight, the Cowboys have made Oxnard, California, their home-away-from-home. That has come to an end.

The NFL has ordered that all teams are to remain at their home facilities until further notice.

Training camp for the Cowboys will be held in Frisco, Texas, due to uncertainty about the pandemic.

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May 28, 2020

McCarthy impressed with Aldon Smith

      Cowboys’ pass rusher Aldon Smith was officially reinstated from the suspended list on Tuesday and head coach Mike McCarthy is already impressed.

“I haven’t been through that with a player,” Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said in a conference call with beat reporters Wednesday. “I think the most important thing I can do as a coach to make sure we give all of our guys, Aldon included, the foundation to expect success and try not to do too much, too fast.”

McCarthy first met Smith just before the Cowboys hired him in January while the coach was working out at Jay Glazer’s Unbreakable gym in Los Angeles.

“He is such an impressive young man and his path to Dallas is special and unique, so just thankful and blessed to be a part of this opportunity with him,” McCarthy said. “You know, he wants to get back professionally and be productive. He’s in great physical shape. It will be exciting to see him get out there for the first time. He’s bigger and stronger than he was when we had a chance to compete against him there when he was with the 49ers obviously playing at an elite level. So, I think it will be exciting to see him on the field and get back into it. He’s in a great place and very thankful for him being a part of the Dallas Cowboys.”

Smith, 30, met with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell on May 10th and hasn't played since he was suspended in 2015 because of legal and substance abuse issues. The Cowboys signed him to a one-year deal worth $4 million last month.

The Cowboys hope Smith can bolster their pass rush after the club amassed 39 sacks last season, which ranked 19th in the league. Smith has averaged 13 sacks per 16 games in his career, but he recorded just 5.5 over his two last seasons combined.

The NFL will no longer suspend players for positive marijuana tests, a stipulation in the league's new collective bargaining agreement.

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May 26, 2020

Adams trade not likely to happen

       Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer doesn't think the Cowboys will trade for Jets S Jamal Adams because they already are facing some potential tight cap situations down the line and Adams wants a significant new deal.

However, Breer doesn't completely rule it out, as Dallas did inquire about Adams at the deadline last year and was given the price of a first and third-round pick.

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May 20, 2020

Prescott reportedly wants $45M for 5th season

     Dak Prescott wants $45M on the final season if he accepts a five-year contract. Prescott wants a four-year deal, but the Cowboys want him to sign a five-year contract. 

Remember, that is five years from now. Totally reasonable. Patrick Mahomes is going to sign a contract over $40M this year, so the market value will be going up. The franchise tag could be worth $45M in five years.

Jerry Jones returned to his office in The Star in Frisco for the first time since the pandemic lockdown.

"It's great to be back in the office this morning. I thought there was no better place than in my office to participate in the virtual league meeting that we're having. In the days and weeks ahead, I look forward to welcoming many of our employees back to our workplace.

We're committed to doing what is safe and smart and everything that complies with all the rules from the standpoint of our state, our county, our cities, as well as the NFL rules.

This is a big day for our clubs. I think it's a big day for the NFL. I think it's a big day for sports. It's a big day for building confidence. We are going to be very deliberate, but we're also going to be very determined. We will keep a close eye on the comfort and care of our employees as we're involved in this transition. We'll do it the right way."

~ Jerry Jones

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May 12, 2020

Tyrone Crawford continues recovery

      Tyrone Crawford had surgery on both hips after appearing in four games during the 2019 season. The big guy feels confident he’ll be able to make his case for playing time, however. He said he’s feeling “surprisingly” well at this point in the calendar and expects to continue feeling that way.

“Obviously, double hip surgery is nothing to play around with. But I’m feeling awesome, ready to go,” Crawford said, via the team’s website.

Crawford had 34 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and a forced fumble while starting 15 games during the 2018 season. He had three tackles and a sack in last year’s truncated 

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May 6, 2020

Cowboys agree to terms with Cameron Erving

      The Cowboys added some experienced depth to their offensive line, agreeing to terms with free-agent veteran tackle Cameron Erving.

Height: 6-5

Weight: 313 lbs

College: Florida State

Erving, a first-round pick by the Browns in 2015, has started 42 games in five NFL seasons with Cleveland and Kansas City. A member of the Chiefs' Super Bowl team last year, he started eight games at left tackle during the regular season. He also has experience playing interior line spots.

The Cowboys have an opening at swing tackle since Cameron Fleming agreed to a free-agent deal with the Giants in March. Fleming was the primary backup to starters Tyron Smith and La'el Collins the past two seasons.

Erving would be an experienced candidate for that role. The Cowboys also have Brandon Knight, who started one game at right tackle last year as an undrafted rookie.

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May 4th, 2020

Cowboys waive Cooper Rush

     The Cowboys signed quarterback Andy Dalton on Monday and waived Cooper Rush, who had been the backup to Dak Prescott since the middle of the 2017 season.

Rush signed a $2.1 million tender as a restricted free agent in March. There was no guaranteed money in the deal, and he was free to negotiate with other teams.

Behind Dalton, the No. 3 job should come down to James Madison's Ben DiNucci, a seventh-round pick this year, and Clayton Thorson. The former Northwestern QB was a fifth-round pick by Philadelphia last year before the Cowboys signed him to their practice squad.

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May 3, 2020

Cowboys signing Andy Dalton to 1-year deal worth up to $7M

      In a rekindling of the forgotten tradition of red-headed backup qb's, the Dallas Cowboys are signing former Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton to a one-year contract worth up to $7 million with $3 million guaranteed, per Adam Schefter.

Cincinnati released Dalton on Thursday, ending his nine-year run with the Bengals after they drafted Joe Burrow first overall.

With few starting opportunities available after free agency and the draft, the Katy, Texas, native opted for a backup role in his home state before likely heading back on the market in 2021.

The Jacksonville Jaguars were looking for a veteran option to pair with sophomore Gardner Minshew, but Dallas lands Dalton as the immediate backup to Dak Prescott.

Dalton enjoyed a stellar four-year college career at TCU, where he led the Horned Frogs to trips to the Fiesta Bowl and Rose Bowl. He started in all nine of his seasons in Cincinnati until he was benched for three games in 2019 in favor of Ryan Finley.

Both Dalton and Prescott are currently only under contract for the 2020 season. The Cowboys used their franchise tag on Prescott, though he's yet to sign it as both sides continue to work toward a long-term extension.



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Cowboys 2020 draft class

Round 1 | Pick 17 | CeeDee Lamb | WR | Oklahoma

Round 2 | Pick 19 | Trevon Diggs | CB | Alabama. 

Round 3 | Pick 82 | Neville Gallimore, DT, Oklahoma.

Round 4 | Pick 123 | Reggie Robinson II | CB | Tulsa

Round 4 | Pick | 146 | Tyler Biadasz | C | Wisconsin

Round 5 | Pick 179 | Bradlee Anae | DE | Utah

Round 7 | Pick 231 | Ben DiNucci | QB | James Madison

A look at Dak Prescott's 2019 season:

- 388 completions

- 596 attempts

- 65% completion percentage

- 4,902 passing yards

- 30 passing touchdowns

- 11 interceptions

- 52 rushing attempts

- 277 rushing yard

- 3 rushing touchdowns

- 8-8 record

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The Cowboys 2019 draft picks:

Round 2 (58): DI Trysten Hill, UCF

Round 3 (90): G Connor McGovern, Penn State

Round 4 (128): RB Tony Pollard, Memphis
Round 5 (158): CB Michael Jackson, Miami (Fla.)
Round 5 (165): Edge Joe Jackson, Miami (Fla.)
Round 6 (213): S Donovan Wilson, Texas A&M
Round 7 (218): RB Mike Weber, Ohio State
Round 7 (241): Edge Jalen Jelks, Oregon

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