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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 – Tight end Geoff Swaim underwent surgery this week for a foot fracture and could be sidelined until training camp. Read

The injury occurred during a personal workout without Cowboys coaches present. The team’s voluntary offseason program begins in mid-April, and training camp typically begins in mid-to-late August. Read

Swaim, a seventh-round pick in 2015, emerged as a reliable blocker and receiving option at tight end last season. He caught six passes for 69 yards in the first nine games before a pectoral injury landed him on injured reserve for the rest of the season. Read

Swaim’s injury left Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar as the only healthy tight ends on the roster. The Cowboys had to adjust their on-the-line blocking in Swaim’s absence, often substituting reserve guard/center Joe Looney as an eligible receiver. Read

Tight end James Hanna will also be returning from a knee injury that sidelined him all of last season. Rico Gathers, a sixth-round pick last season, was re-signed to the Reserve/Future list after the season. Escobar is a free agent. Read

FRISCO, Texas – Free agent defensive end Ryan Davis has agreed to sign with Buffalo, the Bills announced on Monday. Read Read

Signed to a one-year deal by the Cowboys after the 2016 season opener, Davis played 155 defensive snaps in nine games and recorded three tackles and six quarterback pressures. Read

Davis is the second Cowboys defensive end (Jack Crawford; Falcons) and sixth Cowboys free agent to join a new team since the new league year began last Thursday: Barry Church (Jaguars), J.J. Wilcox (Bucs), Ronald Leary (Broncos), Terrell McClain (Redskins). Read

The Cowboys signed former Giants third-round pick Damontre Moore for defensive end depth last Friday. They’ve also issued an exclusive rights free agent tender to defensive end David Irving. Read

FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys freed up more space under their salary cap on Tuesday, as they restructured the contract of linebacker Sean Lee. Read

Lee is the third restructure the team has done in the last month, along with Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick. The move frees up roughly $5 million in cap space, and it gives the Cowboys nearly $9 million to work with heading into the free agency period this month. Read

The Cowboys signed Lee to a six-year extension worth $42 million back in 2013. The contract was seen as a risky move at the time, given Lee’s injury history in the early going of his career. He tore his ACL in college, and a toe injury sidelined him for 10 games in 2012. He was also limited by injury in 2013, and he missed all of 2014 with another ACL tear. Read

In the time since, however, Lee has more than delivered on the deal. He played in 30 of 33 possible games during the 2015 and 2016 seasons, racking up a whopping 273 tackles in that span. He was named a Pro Bowler in each of those campaigns, and in 2016 he was named first-team All-Pro as the Cowboys’ claimed the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. Read

With less than $10 million in salary cap space, the Cowboys are still in the bottom tier of the league when it comes to spending money. But the additional funds should help them accomplish their goals in the coming weeks. Read

FRISCO, Texas – The Pro Football Hall of Fame announced last week that the Cowboys’ first preseason game will be the Aug. 3 Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio, against the Arizona Cardinals. Read

No training camp schedule has been announced yet, but team executive vice president Stephen Jones said the current plan is for the team to hold camp in Oxnard, Calif. Read

“Yes, as it sits right here,” Jones said. “There’s some things we’ve just got to be sensitive to with another team moving into L.A., but right now I think the plan is to be there.” Read

Typically teams start camp around two weeks before their first preseason game. Asked if the Cowboys would hold part of camp at their new world headquarters, The Star in Frisco, Jones said, “It’s not totally decided yet but I see us probably more than likely coming back after the second preseason game, the first one out there. We’ll probably play one out on the West Coast (after the Hall of Fame Game) and then head back this way.” Read

The preseason opener will be the Cowboys’ sixth all-time appearance in the Hall of Fame Game and their third since 2010. The extra preseason game is good experience for young players, Jones said. Read

“I still think our young players need more reps when it’s all said and done,” he said. “There’s a fine line between preparing your guys who you’re pretty sure are going to be a part of the team and that next deal is how to you develop some young guys that may come along fast enough, not unlike this year, but come along fast enough to be able to contribute and be a big part of our football team for ‘17.” Read

FRISCO, Texas – The NFL has announced compensatory picks for the 2017 NFL Draft, and the Cowboys were not awarded any this year after tying for the league lead last year with four – one of them, of course, used to select quarterback Dak Prescott (135th overall). Read

The NFL adds compensatory picks to the end of rounds three through seven. The league assigns picks to teams through a formula weighting the number of players a team lost via free agency versus the number of free agents it signed. Factors are salary, playing time and postseason honors. Read

Last year, the Cowboys signed four free agents (guard/center Joe Looney, defensive end Benson Mayowa, running back Alfred Morris, defensive end Cedric Thornton) and lost three players to free agency (guard Mackenzy Bernadeau, quarterback Matt Cassel, running back Robert Turbin). Read

This year, the Bengals, Browns, Broncos and Chiefs tied for the most 2017 compensatory picks (four). Read

The NFL announced the full 2017 Draft order. Here are the Cowboys' seven selections (they include an extra seventh-rounder and no fifth-rounder as part of the 2015 Matt Cassel trade): Read

No. 28 (first round) Read

No. 60 (second round) Read

No. 92 (third round) Read

No. 133 (fourth round) Read

No. 211 (sixth round) Read

No. 228 (seventh round) Read

No. 246 (seventh round) Read

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