Tag:Dallas Cowboys
Posted on: July 22, 2010 9:33 pm

Marcus Spears to replace Phillip Merling?

It’s been a rough off-season for Dolphins DE Phillip Merling – and, come to think of it, for those around him, as well.

First, he got arrested on a domestic violence charge against his pregnant girlfriend, and then, according to the Miami Herald , he suffered a season-ending Achilles injury. Without Merling rushing off the edge with his power and quickness, staff writer Armando Salguero writes Miami might be interested in Dallas’ Marcus Spears.

Spears isn’t quite as competent at run defense, but there have been rumors about Dallas trading him since the NFL Draft. Spears got that idea when the club offered higher tenders to Jason Hatcher and Stephen Bowen – backup Cowboys defensive ends – than to Spears, who started 14 of 16 games last season.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 22, 2010 8:04 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 8:12 pm

Dez Bryant becomes first 1st-rounder to sign

When agent Eugene Parker said publicly that he wanted to get a deal done before his client, first-round pick WR Dez Bryant, had to report to Cowboys camp, many of us nodded and smiled.

Parker’s first-round clients, after all, aren’t exactly known for their refusal to hold out. Take Michael Crabtree with the 49ers last year as an example.

But Parker was correct in this instance.

This evening, the Cowboys, who open training camp this weekend, said they have come to terms with Bryant – the first of this year’s first-rounders to sign a contract – and according to ESPN.com , he’ll receive a five-year deal worth $11.8 million with $8.5 million guaranteed.

Now, we let the first-round signings circus begin.

Meanwhile, Matt Maiocco of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area makes a wonderful Tweet. Wrote Maiocco: “Looks as if Dez Bryant will get 71 days more of preparation for his first regular-season game than what Michael Crabtree got a year ago.”

UPDATE (8:10 PM ET):
This Bryant quote, courtesy of the Dallas Morning News : "This was very important to me to be able to get this done in time for the first practice," Bryant said "I want to help this team. I want to compete. I can't wait to start playing football again."

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 20, 2010 11:14 pm

Dez Bryant's agent wants a deal done

On Monday, the Cowboys opened contract negotiations with first-round pick WR Dez Bryant. On Tuesday, Bryant’s agent, Eugene Parker, told Clarence E. Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he hopes to get a deal done before the beginning of training camp.

"We are going to work to get it done as soon as possible," Parker said Tuesday. "They want it done. We want it done."

I wouldn’t hold my breath.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 17, 2010 7:16 pm

Romo tied for 6th in celebrity golf tourney

From the Dallas Morning News

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo is in a two-way tie for sixth after Saturday's second round of the American Century Championship, a 54-hole event for athletes and celebrities.

Romo shot a 19 in the modified stableford format in which players are awarded points for Eagles, birdies and pars and points are subtracted for bogies and worse. Romo shot a 21 in Friday's opening round. His two-day total of 40 is 18 points behind leader Billy Joe Tolliver (58). Tolliver, a former Texas Tech quarterback, leads Jack Wagner by 11 points. Hall-of-Fame quarterback John Elway (45 points) and former pitcher John Smoltz (41) are fourth and fifth, respectively.

--Andy Benoit

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Category: NFL
Posted on: July 15, 2010 2:49 pm

Unga, Price-Brent drafted

Former BYU running back Harvey Unga – the subject of our “Five questions (or more)” segment Wednesday – was drafted in the seventh round of the NFL supplemental draft by the Chicago Bears this afternoon.

Unga, who was seen as a running back/fullback hybrid coming out of school, was the all-time leading rusher in Cougars history, and he’ll look to make the team while competing against Garrett Wolfe, Chester Taylor and Kahlil Bell to back up starter Matt Forte.

Considering the Bears rushing game was ranked No. 29 in the NFL last year, averaging 93.2 yards per game, it makes sense to give Unga – who rushed for 3,455 yards and 36 touchdowns at BYU – a chance to contribute to a team that needs offensive production.

Either way, it could be a great value for the Bears, who now will lose a seventh-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Also in the supplemental draft, the Dallas Cowboys selected former Illinois DT Joshua Price-Bent in the seventh round.

--Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 10:27 pm

Miles Austin new contract expected

Columnist Jean-Jacques Taylor of DallasNews.com believes the Cowboys will give a long-term contract to wide receiver M. Austin (US Presswire)Miles Austin before the midway point of the 2010 regular season. Austin was given a first-and third-round tender as a restricted free agent over the offseason. He was miffed by the situation and spent most of his offseason in California, though he never publicly expressed any ill will towards Jerry Jones.

Jones is spending some $10 million on Roy Williams this season. Austin, who led the NFC with 1,320 yards receiving in 2009, is costing the Cowboys just $3.1 million. Austin’s quickness and catch-and-run prowess make him an ideal fit in Jason Garrett’s system.

More important than football and business…Austin is rumored to be dating Kim Kardashian these days. Imagine dating a Kardashian AND getting a new eight-figure salary.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 8:44 pm

Former Cowboy sues team

There is still fallout from the disastrous collapse of the Cowboys practice facility last year. Danny Robbins of the Associated Press writes:

A former Dallas Cowboys player who was inside the team's indoor practice facility when it collapsed last year contends the accident caused a career-ending injury and he wants unspecified damages from the builder and companies operated by team owner Jerry Jones.

Tight end Jamar Hunt, who was on the Cowboys' roster as a rookie free agent last spring, said in a court filing that he suffered "serious, disabling and permanent injuries" when the tentlike structure fell on May 2, 2009. Hunt was cut by the Cowboys before training camp last year and has yet to catch on with another NFL team.

Hunt's attorney, Michael Guajardo, said the player suffered a herniated disk in his neck when a steel support landed on him. He said Hunt, who is also a deep snapper, faces a "double-edged sword" because he can't be cleared to play without surgery, but having the surgery will brand him as a damaged commodity to NFL teams.

--Andy Benoit

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Posted on: July 12, 2010 7:58 pm

Former players sues over Dallas practice collapse

Two victims associated with the Dallas Cowboys practice facility collapse from last year already have received out of court settlements with the makers of the building. Now, the first player affected is suing as well.

Jamar Hunt, a free agent tight end/long snapper who was competing during rookie camp last year, is suing over a neck injury that his lawyer said “pretty much knocked him out of football altogether.”

The details are in today’s Dallas Morning News .

From the story:

The suit accuses Summit Structures LLC of Allentown, Pa., and its Canadian parent, Cover-All Building Systems Inc., of poor design and construction of the facility. It also says entities controlled by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones would have discovered problems with the building had their outside engineers checked Summit and its related company’s work. The Jones companies named in the lawsuit are Blue Star Development Co., Blue Star Land L.P. and Cowboys Center Ltd.

Hunt’s filing also accuses Summit companies of misleading the Cowboys about the quality of repairs made to the building in 2008.

“This misrepresentation was a producing cause of the injuries sustained by Jamar Hunt,” the suit says.

Hunt’s lawyer said his client is now living in Utah and working in sales.

--Josh Katzowitz

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