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FRISCO, Texas – Cowboys officials aren’t blind to the needs of their roster, and they don’t appear to be deaf to the criticisms that have followed them since the free agency period. Read

It’s been roughly six weeks since the new league year started, back when the Cowboys lost five defensive starters to the frenzy of the open market. In the time since, they’ve had plenty of time to think about the personnel changes, and how they want to go about replacing them. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – For all the intrigue surrounding this year’s NFL draft, the loudest buzz in the Cowboys organization is about one of last year’s draft picks. Read

More than a year removed from undergoing major surgery on his injured left knee, Jaylon Smith is continuing to show signs of progress in his recovery. Given what that could mean for the Dallas defense, it’s a story that has garnered plenty of attention during the offseason. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – I would love to roll my eyes at the sheer stupidity of the NFL’s schedule release. It’s typical of this league to monetize and magnify a mundane event into must-see TV, and it’s just another in a long line of exaggerated “events” that make up the long offseason. Read

But the honest truth is that I woke up Thursday feeling like a kid on Christmas morning – knowing that by nightfall, I’d be privy to all the juicy matchups and primetime showdowns of the 2017 season. Read

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(Editor's Note: April is here, which means the first wave of free agency has passed and the NFL Draft is just around the corner. DallasCowboys.com’s 11-part series analyzes every position on the Cowboys’ roster at this point in the offseason: free-agent additions and subtractions, draft possibilities, returning players and question marks. The series continues with cornerbacks.) Read

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(Editor's Note: April is here, which means the first wave of free agency has passed and the NFL Draft is just around the corner. DallasCowboys.com’s 11-part series analyzes every position on the Cowboys’ roster at this point in the offseason: free-agent additions and subtractions, draft possibilities, returning players and question marks. The series continues with tight end.) Read

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(Editor's Note: April is here, which means the first wave of free agency has passed and the NFL Draft is just around the corner. DallasCowboys.com’s 11-part series analyzes every position on the Cowboys’ roster at this point in the offseason: free-agent additions and subtractions, draft possibilities, returning players and question marks. The series continues with wide receiver.) Read

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FRISCO, Texas – If his first day of retirement is any indicator, Tony Romo should be quite good at talking for a living. Read

That was my main impression from Romo’s CBS conference call on Tuesday afternoon, where he spoke for roughly an hour about all the moving parts surrounding his release by the Cowboys and his subsequent move into broadcasting. Read

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(Editor’s Note: With less than one month until the start of the 2017 NFL Draft on April 27, the staff of DallasCowboys.com intends to preview the landscape of possible Cowboys draft picks – from the first round to the last. Today’s featured player is UCLA’s Takkarist McKinley.) Read

Name: Takkarist McKinley Read

Position: DE/OLB Read

College: UCLA Read

Height/Weight: 6-2/250  Read

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FRISCO, Texas – Tony Romo tried his best to close the door on his playing career on Tuesday afternoon, but he knew better than to speak in absolutes. Read

Just hours after his release from the Cowboys was made official, Romo took to a conference call to confirm his new job as the lead NFL analyst for CBS. But all the curiosity about his future in broadcasting, there was no shortage of questions about the possibility of a return to the field. Read

Romo’s answer, in a nutshell: don’t count on it, but don’t necessarily count it out, either. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – The calendar has only just turned to April, but it’s already starting to fill up with important dates for the Cowboys. Read

The announcement of the preseason and regular season schedules is still a few weeks away, but the NFL revealed the key dates for each club’s offseason programs on Monday afternoon. Read

Although many players have been working out at The Star for weeks, the official start date for the Cowboys’ offseason program is April 17, with Organized Team Activities slated for May 23-25, May 30-31, June 1 and June 5-7. Read

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The roster turnover is already underway. Free agency has now begun and the 2017 NFL Draft isn’t far away. Over the next few weeks, the Cowboys will lose and replace a sizable portion of their roster. Read

For every new face, however, there are dozens of familiar ones who will return to begin a new campaign. From established veterans to second-year players, the vast majority of the Cowboys’ 2017 team is already on the roster. In the coming weeks, the staff of DallasCowboys.com will preview those players, analyzing where they’ve been and where they’re going. Read

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – With the 2017 NFL Draft quickly approaching on April 27, the Dallas Cowboys are running out of time to decide which college prospects they want to be the newest members of their franchise. Read

On Tuesday morning, however, the organization came one step closer to figuring out who those players might be. Read

Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli traveled to Gainesville along with several other Cowboy representatives to scout 21 NFL hopefuls at the Florida Gators’ official pro day. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – If there was doubt about Jason Witten’s long-term future with the Cowboys, he erased it on Tuesday morning. Read

Witten signed a four-year contract extension to remain with the Cowboys through 2021, the club confirmed. The deal maxes out at a possible $29.6 million, according to reports. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys added more depth along their offensive line on Friday, as they signed offensive tackle Byron Bell to a one-year deal. Read

Bell gives the Cowboys another veteran option in the offensive line room, as he comes to Dallas with 72 career starts over the past five seasons. Originally undrafted out of New Mexico in 2011, Bell signed with Carolina and quickly established himself as a starter at right tackle. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – I’ve said this before, but it’s something that bears repeating every spring: Read

Mock drafts are essentially worthless until the dust has settled in free agency. Read

How can one possibly identify a team’s needs until all the transactions have been accounted for and teams have had a chance to reshuffle their rosters? This time last week, wide receiver looked like a pretty big concern for the Cowboys. All of a sudden, Terrance Williams and Brice Butler are back in the fold, and that’s not quite the case. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys bolstered the depth in their offensive line room Tuesday afternoon, as they agreed to terms with veteran guard Jonathan Cooper on a one-year deal. Read

Cooper was the shortest-tenured player on the Cowboys’ long list of free agents heading into the new league year. After all, he wasn’t originally signed by the Cowboys until Jan. 4 of this year – three days after the regular season finale and 10 days before the playoff loss to Green Bay. Read

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FRISCO, Texas – DeMarcus Ware ended the speculation about the next phase of his career and announced it himself on Monday afternoon. Read

In a heartfelt message, posted to his personal Twitter account, Ware announced his retirement from football: Read

https://twitter.com/DeMarcusWare/status/841375464484667392 Read

The announcement bookends one of the best NFL careers in recent memory, and it also quells speculation about the possibility of Ware returning to the Cowboys for one last run. Read