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The Extra Points Blog is a running list of Cowboys quick hits, compiled by staff writers throughout the season. 

FRISCO, Texas – To create salary cap room ahead of the 2017 league year, the Cowboys have restructured the contracts of All-Pro offensive linemen Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick. Read

In recent years the Cowboys have restructured contracts of franchise cornerstones to create cap space by converting a portion of a player’s scheduled base salary into signing bonus money. Doing such with the Smith and Frederick deals will reportedly create about $17 million in cap space this year. Read

The 2017 league year begins March 9, signaling the start to free agency and trading period. The NFL has not announced a salary cap figure for 2017 yet, but the Cowboys’ restructures will help create space for upcoming free agent decisions – they have 20 free agents to be – and signing their eventual 2017 draft class. Read

Smith and Frederick are signed through 2023. Both made the Pro Bowl and first-team All-Pro in 2016 along with fellow offensive line starter Zack Martin. Read

FRISCO, Texas – NFL Network paid tribute to the Cowboys’ rich tradition Tuesday with a full lineup documenting all-time great players, coaches and games. Read

The 1990s were arguably the greatest stretch in franchise history: an unprecedented three Super Bowl titles in four years with Hall of Famers on offense, defense and in the front office (team owner/general manager Jerry Jones is set to be enshrined in Canton this August). Read

And, though the 2016 season didn’t end with a championship, here’s a stat that illustrates the level of balance and consistency we saw on offense this past season: Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and the group outscored their opponents cumulatively in all four quarters: 89-51 (first), 142-89 (second), 82-67 (third), 102-99 (fourth). Read

That’s the mark of a team that was prepared, efficient, and knew how to finish out games. The last time the franchise had this stat was the heart of the 1990s dynasty, beginning in 1993 (the second Super Bowl year): Read

1993: 76-43, 124-46, 86-79, 87-61
1994: 100-34, 122-93, 104-46, 88-72
1995: 102-38, 133-104, 83-78, 111-72
1996: 60-52, 85-80, 57-51, 81-67 Read

The 2014 Cowboys came close: 95-76, 140-92, 110-58, 119-123. So did the 2009 Cowboys: 71-27, 98-80, 80-34, 106-109. Both those teams made the divisional round, just like this past year’s team. Read

The organization will look to make improvements this offseason, but there’s plenty to build on offensively based on the group’s contributions to a 13-win season. Read

FRISCO, Texas – Jerry Jones will be formally inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Aug. 5 in Canton. Read

Just a few days after learning he’d join the Hall of Fame Class of 2017, the Cowboys’ longtime owner/general manager says he hasn’t yet picked a presenter to introduce him at his induction ceremony. Read

“I’ve had a few brief thoughts but nothing definitive,” Jones said Wednesday on 105.3 The Fan. I don’t have to make that decision for quite a while. Read

“It’s obviously one that I want to give a lot of thought to because if there’s ever been a recognition that really had as its backdrop a lot of people, this one is.” Read

Jones recognized all the support he’s received and all the colleagues he’s worked with since becoming the team’s owner/GM in 1989, including his three children – Stephen Jones, Charlotte Jones Anderson and Jerry Jones Jr. – who all have vital roles within the organization. Read

“A lot of people made this happen,” he said. Read

FRISCO, Texas – Voting ends Thursday for the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Year award, and Ezekiel Elliott is among three finalists (Pittsburgh’s Le’Veon Bell, Arizona’s David Johnson). Read

Elliott, the NFL’s rushing leader as a rookie, gained 1,631 yards in 15 starts and finished the regular season 178 yards shy of Eric Dickerson’s 1983 rookie rushing record. Read

Elliott won the FedEx Ground Player of the Week award in Weeks 4 and 5, when he rushed for a combined 272 yards and three touchdowns in Cowboys wins over the San Francisco 49ers and Cincinnati Bengals. Read

Fans can vote here: Read

FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys on Tuesday signed wide receivers Quincy McDuffie and Uzoma Nwachukwu to the Reserve/Future list. Read

McDuffie has spent the last three seasons in the Canadian Football League (Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers) since getting waived by the Denver Broncos as a rookie free agent during their 2013 training camp. In 2016, he led the CFL in kickoff return average (27.7) with two touchdowns. He also had a punt return touchdown for Hamilton in 2014. Read

In 15 CFL games, McDuffie caught 25 passes for 249 yards and one touchdown. Read

Nwachukwu, a native of nearby Allen, Texas, has spent time on the Houston Texans’, Miami Dolphins’ and Seattle Seahawks’ practice squads since going undrafted in 2013. He also spent time with the BC Lions in 2016. Read

Here is the Cowboys’ full list of Reserve/Future signings to date: Read

WR Quincy McDuffie
WR Uzoma Nwachukwu
TE Rico Gathers
WR Andy Jones
G Clay DeBord
G Kadeem Edwards
WR Shaquelle Evans
LB Jeremiah George
DE Lenny Jones
CB Sammy Seamster
DB Jameill Showers
RB Rod Smith
TE Connor Hamlett
CB Jeremiah McKinnon
CB Duke Thomas
LS Zach Wood
LB John Lotulelei Read

MOBILE, Ala. – For a second-straight offseason, it sounds as though the Cowboys have some injury issues to tend to heading into the spring. Read

The Cowboys had their full contingent of players available to them when they faced Green Bay in the playoffs last week. But after a six month slog through the NFL schedule, it’s no surprise that several players are coping with injuries. Read

Most notable among those are DeMarcus Lawrence and Cedric Thornton, who battled injuries for much of the last month of the season. Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said Thornton has undergone shoulder surgery, while Lawrence is expected to have a back surgery. Read

Jones didn’t want to get into the specifics of his players’ medical information, but he did say the problems are not long-term concerns. Read

“I’m not comfortable talking about people’s medical conditions until we release it. Until they’re good with releasing it, so just don’t get into all of that,” he said. “We’re not worried about any of them, let’s put it that way.” Read

Jones also said he doesn’t think the duo of Tyron Smith and Dan Bailey will require surgery this offseason. Smith missed two games in the early part of the season with a back injury, and he fought through back and knee injuries for much of the year. After the season ended, reports emerged that Bailey played much of the year with a herniated disc in his back. Read

Asked for clarification of whether the two would require surgery, Jones replied: “I don’t think they’ll have it.” Read

Whatever other offseason procedures might be required, Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said he’d prefer not to comment until following any surgeries. Read

“We’ll more than likely just announce after the surgery has taken place, so that we can wrap it up as far as communication,” he said. “Not only whether they had it or not, but where they had it and the results and our evaluation of the surgery.” Read


FRISCO, Texas – Jason Garrett and Ezekiel Elliott have been selected for annual awards by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA). Read

Following a franchise-record tying number of regular-season wins and the NFC’s best record (13-3), Garrett has been voted the 2016 NFL Coach of the Year and Elliott has been voted 2016 Rookie of the Year and 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year. Read

Garrett led the Cowboys to a nine-win increase from their 4-12 record in 2015, the largest turnaround in franchise history. Read

In 1966, Tom Landry was the first recipient of the Coach of the Year award (1966; 1975). Read

Elliott, who led the NFL in rushing, is the first Cowboys rookie to win PFWA Rookie of the Year since Emmitt Smith in 1990. Tony Dorsett (1977) and Calvin Hill (1969) also won the award. Read

FRISCO, Texas – Tight end Rico Gathers and wide receiver Andy Jones are returning to the Cowboys. Read

Both rookies were signed to the Reserve/Future list on Tuesday, joining eight Cowboys practice squad players and four free agents signed on Monday. Read

Gathers, a seventh-round pick last April, and Jones, an undrafted free agent, spent the 2016 season on the practice squad. Read

Here’s the full list of Reserve/Future signings this week: Read

TE Rico Gathers
WR Andy Jones
G Clay DeBord
G Kadeem Edwards
WR Shaquelle Evans
LB Jeremiah George
DE Lenny Jones
CB Sammy Seamster
DB Jameill Showers
RB Rod Smith
TE Connor Hamlett
CB Jeremiah McKinnon
CB Duke Thomas
LS Zach Wood Read

ARLINGTON, Texas – In a pool report after the game, referee Tony Corrente explained two costly Cowboys penalties in Sunday’s 34-31 divisional-round loss to the Green Bay Packers at AT&T Stadium. Read

First, Brice Butler’s 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on second-and-5 from the Packers’ 37-yard line, which ultimately led to a punt: Read

“They brought in a two-receiver set on a substitution, and number 19 (Butler) was one of those two players and came into the huddle, stayed in the huddle, then departed,” Corrente said. “He was substituted for. He has to stay either in the game or they can call a timeout to get out of it. Of course, he went out. It’s not an obscure rule, it’s just part of the substitution mechanics and part of the substitution rule.” Read

Second, the pass interference penalty on cornerback Anthony Brown that wiped out safety Jeff Heath’s interception with the game tied 28-28 late in the fourth quarter: Read

“The ball was in the air,” Corrente said. “Once the ball is in the air, and he grabbed him, which normally would be a defensive holding, now becomes a pass interference. It prevented him from continuing down to make a play on the ball.” Read

The call originally was on safety Barry Church, who wasn’t involved in the play downfield, and was corrected to Brown. Read

“They gave me the wrong number,” Corrente said. Read

FRISCO, Texas – Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott tweeted he’s OK after reports surfaced that he was involved in a minor traffic accident near the team’s new world headquarters, The Star in Frisco. Read Read

No injuries were reported in the traffic accident, according to multiple reports. The Cowboys are scheduled to return to practice Wednesday in preparation for Sunday’s divisional-round playoff game against the Green Bay Packers. Read

Last week, Elliott made The Associated Press first-team All-Pro an NFL-best 1,631 yards in 15 starts. With home-field advantage clinched, the Cowboys opted to rest him in the Jan. 1 finale at Philadelphia. Read

Elliott also scored 15 rushing touchdowns in the regular season, third-best in the league and the most by a Cowboys running back in a season since Emmitt Smith’s 25 in 1995. Read