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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


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


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


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 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


FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys addressed perhaps their largest need with the addition of free agent cornerback Nolan Carroll on Friday night. Read

The Cowboys and Carroll agreed to terms on a three-year contract that is reportedly worth $10 million – with $4 million of that coming in the first year of the deal. The signing addresses what is widely considered the Cowboys’ biggest trouble spot during this free agency window, as both starters from last year’s team are no longer under contract. Read


FRISCO, Texas – One day after they lost three starters to free agency, the Cowboys retained one in a surprise deal Friday evening. Read

The Cowboys agreed to terms on a four-year deal with wide receiver Terrance Williams on the second day of free agency. The contract is reportedly worth $17 million with $9.5 million guaranteed. Combined with the club’s re-signing of Brice Butler on Wednesday, it returns the Cowboys’ entire receiver corps intact from last season. Read


FRISCO, Texas – This should feel pretty familiar by now. Read

For the fourth consecutive spring, it’s been a bit of a quiet start to free agency for the Dallas Cowboys. Well, that’s not completely true. But for all the speculation about Tony Romo, not much has actually happened with the veteran quarterback. Read

Meanwhile, the Cowboys kicked off free agency by watching three starters from 2016 – Ron Leary, Barry Church and Terrell McClain – sign elsewhere. Church and Leary signed with AFC clubs, while McClain inked a deal with NFC East rival Washington. Read


FRISCO, Texas – The new league year doesn’t begin until Thursday at 3 p.m., but it’d be an understatement to say the NFL has already been a whirlwind of activity. Read

On the eve of the free agency window, motion already seems to have begun on activity that will shape the league landscape for the foreseeable future. Read


FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys haven’t ruled out the possibility that Tony Romo remains with the team in 2017, but they appear to be preparing for that possibility. Read

The organization is scheduled to host Josh McCown at their facility on Wednesday, just one day before the start of the league year and the opening of the free agent market. Tuesday afternoon marked the beginning of the NFL’s legal tampering period, which allows teams to talk to free agents before the official start of free agency. Read


FRISCO, Texas – I’m writing this now so you won’t get angry later. Or, if you still prefer to get angry, you’ll at least have answers to your questions. Read

Free agency is upon us. It’s been building for a while now, with teams across the league moving money around and releasing players who don’t fit their plans. The Cowboys are no exception, as they freed up $17 million dollars in February to get under this year’s $167 million salary cap. Read


FRISCO, Texas – You can make this case for Jerry Jones if you want to, but the Cowboys’ owner/general manager is already well-aware of the situation in front of him. Read

There might not be two more intriguing free agents on the Cowboys’ radar than Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne, who are set to hit the open market later this week. Read

It’s fair to say neither player has lived up to the considerable hype placed on him in 2012. Carr signed a five-year contract worth $50 million that spring, and Claiborne was drafted No. 6 overall just a month later. Read


INDIANAPOLIS- Jerry Jones isn’t interested in giving away his competitive advantage, but he knows exactly where the Cowboys are lacking heading into free agency. Read

The Cowboys’ owner/general manager met with reporters Saturday, where he was asked directly what positions he needs to address in the coming weeks and months. Read

“I am not going to say which ones because it’s competitive,” Jones said. “But there are two spots we get wounded if we don’t have at least that position back with that caliber of player. There are two spots.” Read


INDIANAPOLIS – Ezekiel Elliott’s NFL Combine experience is far behind him. He’s a year removed from the draft process and well-established as a Pro Bowl running back. Read

But as a star-studded running back class met the media at this year’s Combine, it was hardly surprising that all anyone wanted to talk about was Zeke. After all, his 1,631-yard season paved the way for the Cowboys to win the NFC East. Read

It also challenged the notion, widely accepted in recent years, that running backs are a dime a dozen in today’s NFL. Read


INDIANAPOLIS – There might not be a more intriguing player among the Cowboys’ free agents than Morris Claiborne. Read

As he prepares for his second-straight trip to free agency, the five-year veteran presents an interesting dilemma for any team that wants to sign him. Read

Claiborne played the best football of his career in 2016. He seemed to redeem the Cowboys’ decision to sign him to a one-year deal with 26 tackles, five pass breakups and an interception in the first seven games of the season. Read


INDIANAPOLIS – It’s a good rule of thumb not to buy too much into rumors around this time of year, and the Cowboys saw a great example of that Wednesday. Read

Word surfaced around the NFL Combine on Wednesday morning that long-time right tackle Doug Free was mulling retirement. That speculation was most likely inferred from comments by Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones on Tuesday, when he said La’el Collins could possibly play tackle “if Doug were to retire or not be around.” Read