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April 4, 2020

Cowboys season ticket payments still due

    While thousands of Americans have just become unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many NFL teams have announced they are delaying season ticket payments. The Cowboys are not.

Season ticket payments are due May 1, the same as last year.

Dumb move. Do you know how this looks - with everything that is going on in the world right now? Delay the date. Have a little empathy for the common folk.

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April 3, 2020

Amari Cooper is not “a turd”

     In a whipped-up, talking-head frenzy, ESPN analyst Rex Ryan attacked Cowboy receiver Amari Cooper on a personal level. 

On-air this morning, the irascible Ryan said, referring to Cooper; 

“He is the biggest disappearing act in the National Football League,” Ryan said on the ESPN show ‘Get Up,’ when asked about the financial wisdom of Cooper’s five-year, $100 million contract extension, which includes $40 million guaranteed. “I wouldn’t have paid this turd.”” 

Last month, the Dallas Cowboys made Cooper the second-highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL. This after Cooper posted his fourth Pro Bowl season in a stellar five-year NFL career.

Shortly thereafter, ESPN, because they have nothing else to cover,  promoted the clip on social media, attempting to stir the conversation for Ryan’s commentary. 

Twitter, which is undefeated, attacked Ryan's comments as over the line, and, after giving it some thought, ESPN realized Ryan’s comment were inappropriate, and Ryan has since apologized.

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April 2, 2020

Cowboys sign troubled DE Aldon Smith

     The Cowboys are taking another swing at a troubled past after signing a one-year deal with DE Aldon Smith on Wednesday.

Smith has arrested multiple times and suspended on several occasions by the NFL for substance-abuse and personal conduct policy violations. He hasn’t played in the NFL since 2015 after being suspended while with the Oakland Raiders. 

In 2014, he was arrested after allegedly making a bomb threat at the Los Angeles International Airport. Charges stemming from the incident were eventually dropped.

In 2017, he pleaded no contest to a hit-and-run charge.

In 2018, he was arrested for violating the terms of a court order that insisted he stay away from his fiancee, who he had been accused of assaulting. He was arrested months later for violating his bail conditions.

The Cowboys are assuming he will ultimately be reinstated by Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Smith expressed his gratitude for the opportunity in a posting to his instagram account on Wednesday night.

“Life is good. I’m thankful. I’m blessed. I’m a Cowboy,” Smith wrote in the caption.

Smith went on to say he’s made “exponential strides” in the time since in trying to get things back on track.

“There is beauty in the struggle,” Smith wrote.

“Life will always present us w/tests. I’ve learned how to take a different perspective on the adversities of life. Instead of looking at life as a victim, I have embraced the journey as God has planned it, making exponential strides towards becoming a better man.

“Take this time that we have away from our normal day to day activities and think about changing your perspectives. Focus not on how bad this situation is but instead on how we can all come out of this better people. Let’s work on the things we have been putting off and grow towards our ultimate potential.”

Smith was the seventh overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft and posted 33.5 sacks in his first two seasons with the 49ers. Add another 8.5 sacks in 2013 in just 11 games and Smith was averaging 14 sacks a season over the first three years of his career.

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March 31, 2020

Gerald McCoy: Joining Cowboys a 'dream come true'

     The appeal of playing for the Cowboys was a major reason defensive tackle Gerald McCoy agreed to sign with Dallas. The Cowboys announced today that McCoy has passed his physical and officially signed his three-year deal with the team.

According to Mike Garafolo, the deal is in the range of $20 million, which means he'll make over $6 million per year.

McCoy was one of the best defensive tackles still available in this year's market and should be a great addition for the Cowboys' defensive front.

McCoy, 32, is a former first-round pick of the Buccaneers back in 2010. He was in the fifth year of his seven-year, $95.2 million-dollar-contract and set to make a base salary of $13 million in 2019 when the Buccaneers released him last June.

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March 27, 2020

Cowboys add another kicker to roster

    The Cowboys are signing former Rams kicker Greg Zuerlein to a three-year, $7.5 million contract on Friday per Mike Garafolo.

Zuerlein, 32, is a former six-round pick of the Rams back in 2012. He has played all eight seasons for the Rams and just finished out the final year of his three-year, $6.75 million-dollar contract that included $2,375 million guaranteed.

In 2019, Zuerlein appeared in all 16 games for the Rams and converted 24 of 33 field goals attempts (72.7 percent) to go along with all 42 extra-point tries.

The Cowboys also signed kicker Kai Forbath a contract this offseason. Garafolo notes that Forbath received a $137,500 guaranteed signing bonus as part of his deal with the Cowboys.

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March 26, 220

DT Dontari Poe to the Cowboys

     The Cowboys have focused on improving their defensive front this offseason, and another big free-agent acquisition could help.. The Cowboys have agreed to a deal with veteran defensive tackle Dontari Poe, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. Poe had his best seasons earlier in his career when he was with the Kansas City Chiefs, but he has remained a productive player. The two-time Pro Bowler had four sacks last season with the Carolina Panthers and is a great space-filler on the interior defensive line. Poe is the second former-first round pick the Cowboys have added to their defensive line in free agency. They also signed fellow former Panther Gerald McCoy, and both players should improve their front seven significantly.sdsds

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March 24, 2020

The return of Randy Gregory

It's hard to visualize a scenario where commissioner Roger Goodell keeps Randy Gregory's current suspension in place, meaning he'll likely be reinstated.

Gregory has been suspended four times since he was drafted back in 2015. The latest came in February of last year, which resulted in an indefinite ban from the NFL for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement.

Gregory was set to apply for reinstatement last year during training camp, but he had another slip-up, and his change in representation stopped those plans.

Gregory, 27, is a former second-round pick of the Cowboys back in 2015. He was entering the final year of his four-year, $3.814 million contract that includes $1.404 million guaranteed and stood to make a base salary of $955,217 for the 2019 season when the Cowboys signed him to a one-year extension in April of last year that will run through the 2020 season.

Gregory was later placed on the suspended list at the start of the 2019 season.

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March 23, 2020

Randy Gregory set to file for reinstatement, return to Cowboys

    Randy Gregory hasn’t filed for reinstatement yet, but the defensive end is close to asking NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to lift his latest suspension. David Moore of the Dallas Morning News reports that Gregory will soon petition for reinstatement, and the Cowboys’ expectation is Gregory will play in 2020. 

Gregory would be good for 5-7 sacks if reinstated.

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March 21, 2020

No Clowney in Dallas

     The Cowboys are not among the teams still interested in Seahawks free-agent DE Jadeveon Clowney, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. The Cowboys seem to have interest in former Vikings DE Everson Griffen.

Cowboys C Joe Looney received a veteran salary benefit from the new CBA in his deal, similar to the NBA's mid-level exception, that allows him to count $1.25 million less against the cap. Looney signed a one-year, $2.4375 million deal, but it will count just $1.1875 million against the cap per NFL Media's Mike Garafolo. 

DT Gerald McCoy said he was overjoyed to be joining a high-profile team like Dallas that was primed with the talent to make a run: "It's gonna be a lot of fun. I believe we're gonna make a lot of noise. Prime time. That's what Dallas is. America's Team. I've never been on a team of this magnitude...You mention the star and the Dallas Cowboys, they're on TV dang near every week." 

McCoy added he's looking forward to playing a larger percentage of the snaps than he did in 2019 with the Panthers: "I have never rotated as much as I did last year in Carolina. That's not what I was used to. I can play all game if I have to. ... I'm an every-down guy. That hasn't changed, and I don't plan on it changing this year. "

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March 20, 2020

Cowboys grab safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

    The Dallas Cowboys have reached an agreement with safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, his agency announced Thursday night. 

Clinton-Dix reunites with head coach Mike McCarthy, who served as head coach of the Green Bay Packers when the team drafted Clinton-Dix in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft. 

The deal is worth $4 million for one season, according to Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Clinton-Dix is coming off a one-year run with the Chicago Bears, where he posted 78 tackles, five pass breakups, and two interceptions over 16 starts. He also had a cup of coffee with the Redskins.

Clinton-Dix figures to slot into the Cowboys' starting lineup at the strong safety spot previously occupied by long-time, Jeff Heath, who agreed to sign with the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Cowboys have sought improved safety play for years, and reportedly tried to acquire Jamal Adams from the New York Jets at the 2019 trade deadline in what would have been a blockbuster deal.

Clinton-Dix represents the second notable acquisition Dallas has made since the opening of free agency, as the club previously agreed to a deal with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy.

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March 17, 2020

Cowboys keep Amari Cooper

The Cowboys intend to re-sign WR Amari Cooper to a five-year, $100 million contract per ESPN's Adam Schefter 

According to Schefter, the Redskins attempted to sign Cooper away from the Cowboys, but he opted to re-sign with Dallas. Haskins vs Prescott? Prescott all day long.

The Cowboys managed to keep both Cooper and QB Dak Prescott in place. Although it took using the exclusive franchise tag on Prescott and allowing Cooper to test the open market on Monday before a deal got done.

Cooper said previously that he wants to be "a Dallas Cowboy for life."

"I love being a Dallas Cowboy" Cooper said. "I think about it almost every day. Just the aura of being a Dallas Cowboy, you can't beat it. I want to be a Dallas Cowboy for life. "

Cooper, 25, is a former No. 4 overall pick by the Raiders out of Alabama in the 2015 NFL Draft. The Raiders traded him to the Cowboys for a first-round pick midway through the 2018 season.

Cooper played out the final year of his four-year, $22.7 million contract, but his fifth-year option which cost them $13,924,000 for 2019. He's set to be an unrestricted free agent.

In 2019, Cooper appeared in all 16 games for the Cowboys and caught 79 passes for 1,189 yards receiving and eight touchdowns.

Safety Darien Thompson re-signs with the Cowboys

Safety Darian Thompson has agreed to a two-year deal to return to the Cowboys, Thompson’s representation, Sportstars, announced on Twitter.

Thompson, 26, has spent the past two seasons in Dallas.

He played 424 snaps on defense and 223 on special teams in 15 games last season. Thompson made 45 tackles, 1.5 sacks and three pass breakups.

Thompson spent his first two seasons with the Giants after they made him a third-round choice.

He has appeared in 43 games with 21 starts in his four NFL seasons.

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March 16, 2020

Cowboys sign their TE for the future

     The Cowboys are signing TE Blake Jarwin to a three-year, $24.25 million extension that includes $9.25 million guaranteed, per Ian Rapoport.

Dallas considered using a second-round tender on Jarwin, who was a restricted free agent.  Dallas had reportedly started extension talks with Jarwin's agent at the Combine, so it is clear they made enough progress to finalize a deal.

The Cowboys may end up moving on from long-time TE Jason Witten this offseason, which means Jarwin could be in line for a much larger role this year. Jarwin, 25, signed on with the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State back in 2017. He joined their practice squad coming out of the preseason his rookie year and was promoted to their active roster shortly after.

In 2019, Jarwin appeared in all 16 games and recorded 31 receptions for 365 yards receiving (11.8 YPC) and three touchdowns.



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Cowboys draft projection

First round, No. 17 overall: Jerry Jeudy, WR, Alabama.

Second round, No. 51 overall: Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama.

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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

Cowboys notes

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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