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FRISCO, Texas – Nine players signed, nine players departing. Read

The Cowboys’ roster has seen plenty of change since free agency began two weeks ago, though six of their signings are returning contributors from last season. Read

Free agency is still ongoing, and the draft is exactly five weeks away. The roster is far from a finished product, but here’s a glimpse at what the offense’s unofficial lineup might look like if the 2017 season began today. Read

Quarterback Read

Starter: Dak Prescott Read


FRISCO, Texas – Three observations on the state of the Cowboys two weeks into free agency, five weeks from the NFL Draft and no apparent timeline on a Tony Romo decision: Read

The Cowboys are sticking to their free agency plan. It’s not flashy, but it’s really no different than past offseasons, intensified this year by the team’s modest salary cap space: they’ve looked for cap-friendly deals, not big-money contracts. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Kellen Moore might have been the Cowboys’ Week 1 starter last September if not for a fractured fibula he suffered the first week of training camp. Read

Now the Cowboys are bringing back Moore as depth behind Dak Prescott, whose incredible Pro Bowl season made him the quarterback of the present and future in Dallas. Read

On Monday the club officially re-signed Moore, who appeared in three games (two starts) in 2015 for an injured Romo and completed 61 of 104 passes for 779 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read


FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys began the new league year with four unrestricted free agents in their defensive secondary – and now three have officially left for new teams. Read

Former starting cornerback Brandon Carr reached a four-year agreement to sign with Baltimore, the Ravens announced on Thursday. Read

Last weekend, safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, respectively. Read


FRISCO, Texas – On the same day running back Lance Dunbar left for the L.A. Rams, the Cowboys re-signed running back Darren McFadden to a one-year contract Friday. Read

McFadden became an unrestricted free agent after spending the last two seasons in Dallas. He led the Cowboys in rushing in 2015 (1,089 yards) but missed the first 13 games of the 2016 season following elbow surgery. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Lance Dunbar’s five-year time in Dallas has come to an end. The free-agent running back has agreed to a one-year contract with the Rams, the L.A. club announced Thursday. Read

How does Dunbar’s departure impact the Cowboys’ running back depth chart? Read

Dunbar had a specialized role as a change-of-pace runner with the ability to stretch defenses as a receiver. He only played 13 percent of the offensive snaps last season, though, due in part to rookie Ezekiel Elliott’s emergence as a three-down back. Read


FRISCO, Texas – DeMarcus Ware played nine seasons for the Dallas Cowboys. Appeared in 141 of a possible 144 games. Recorded 117 sacks on his way to 138.5 (counting his three years in Denver) – the eighth-highest total in NFL history. Read

I covered Ware’s first NFL training camp practice on his 23rd birthday in Oxnard, Calif., through his first seven seasons in Dallas. He announced his retirement Monday, and when I think about his Hall-of-Fame worthy career, two images juxtaposed within a week of each other stand out most. Read

One was horrifying. The other was defining. 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


FRISCO, Texas – With pass rush depth a clear offseason priority, the Cowboys agreed to terms with free agent defensive end Damontre Moore. Read

Moore, 24, has 10 career sacks on four teams over the last four seasons. The Texas native and former Texas A&M standout spent most of his first three seasons with the New York Giants, who drafted him in the third round in 2013. Read

Waived by the Giants late in the 2015 season, he has since played in seven games with the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks. Read


FRISCO, Texas – A day after Barry Church signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, J.J. Wilcox became the second free-agent safety to leave the Cowboys, reaching a deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Saturday. Read

A third-round pick by the Cowboys in 2013, Wilcox converted to safety full-time after playing mostly receiver in college. He appeared in 58 games for Dallas over the last four seasons, including two years as a starter (2014-15), tallying 158 tackles, 15 pass breakups and five interceptions. Read


FRISCO, Texas – On the same day Terrell McClain signed with the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys agreed to terms with a replacement at defensive tackle: free agent Stephen Paea. Read

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Read

Paea, 28, appeared in 13 games (one start) with the Cleveland Browns last season, recording 12 tackles and a half-sack. The six-year veteran was originally a second-round pick by the Chicago Bears in 2011. He played his first two seasons for Cowboys defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, who held the same title in Chicago then. Read


FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys will have to replace one of their most consistent defensive linemen from last season. Read

Defensive tackle Terrell McClain has signed with the Washington Redskins, the Cowboys’ NFC East rivals officially announced on Friday. Read

Contract terms were not disclosed, though multiple reports say McClain’s deal is for four years and roughly $21 million. Read

After a toe injury limited McClain to two appearances in 2015, he started 15 games last season and posted career highs with 41 tackles, 2.5 sacks, eight quarterback pressures and two forced fumbles. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Free agency opened Thursday with, as expected, more departures than arrivals for the Cowboys – even though Tony Romo currently remains under contract and on the roster despite reports of his impending exit at the start of the new league year. Read

The Cowboys officially learned Thursday that they’ll have to replace two players: starting guard Ron Leary and defensive lineman Jack Crawford. Read

Leary is signing a four-year deal with Denver, the Broncos announced, and the Falcons announced Crawford is signing with Atlanta. Read


The roster turnover is about to begin. Free agency opens Thursday, and the 2017 NFL Draft isn’t far behind it. Over the next two months, the Cowboys will lose and replace a sizable portion of their roster. Read

For every new face, however, there are dozens of familiar ones that 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 will preview those players, analyzing where they’ve been and where they’re going. Read


FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys have re-signed Brice Butler on the eve of free agency, keeping the four-year veteran receiver in Dallas. Read

Terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed. Read

Arriving in a 2015 trade with the Oakland Raiders, Butler has appeared in 23 games with Dallas over the last two seasons, catching 28 passes for 477 yards and three touchdowns. Read

The Cowboys’ wide receiver depth is still a unclear, though, with Terrance Williams set to become an unrestricted free agent when the new league year begins Thursday at 3 p.m. Central Time. Read


FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys have made it no secret they’d like to find a difference-making pass rusher – a ‘war daddy,’ as described before by team owner/general manager Jerry Jones. Read

Truthfully, that makes them no different from 31 other NFL teams. Everyone’s always looking for new ways to pressure the quarterback. Read

“Make no mistake about it, it’s an important player for you,” Jones said last weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. “It’s almost like not having a quarterback.” Read