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FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys didn’t have a fifth-round pick in this year’s draft as part of the 2015 trade for quarterback Matt Cassel. They won’t have a fifth-rounder next year, either, after trading it to the New York Jets to move up for safety Xavier Woods near the top of the sixth round. Read

The team felt comfortable making the trade for two reasons. First, they strongly considered taking Woods as early as the fourth round (they drafted North Carolina receiver/returner Ryan Switzer instead). Read


FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys traded next year’s fifth-round pick to the New York Jets to take Louisiana Tech safety Xavier Woods at No. 191 in the sixth round. A full breakdown: Read

Name: Xavier Woods Read

Position: Safety Read

College: Louisiana Tech Read

Height/Weight: 5-11/197 Read


FRISCO, Texas – A full breakdown of the Cowboys’ fourth-round draft pick (No. 133 overall) Saturday: Read

Name: Ryan Switzer Read

Position: Wide Receiver Read

College: North Carolina Read

Height/Weight: 5-8/180 Read


FRISCO, Texas – Taco Charlton wasn’t a starter until his final season at Michigan. Read

He posted zero sacks as a freshman backup. His senior year, he had 9.5 as a first-team All-Big Ten defensive end. Read

The Cowboys believe their first-round pick will only continue to get better. Read


FRISCO, Texas – A full breakdown of the Cowboys’ first-round draft pick (No. 28 overall) Thursday night: Read

Name: Taco Charlton Read

Position: Defensive End Read

College: Michigan Read

Height/Weight: 6-6/277 Read


FRISCO, Texas – As expected, the Cowboys officially placed longtime offensive tackle Doug Free on the Reserve/Retired list this week. Read

Free played 10 seasons in Dallas. A fourth-round pick in 2007, he was a starter for eight straight seasons at right and left tackle from 2009-16. He had been the elder statesman the last few years on a dominant offensive line that features All-Pros Tyron Smith, Travis Frederick and Zack Martin. Read


ADDISON, Texas – Perhaps it’s fitting that Jason Witten began crafting his 700-word farewell to Tony Romo on a plane ride. Read

They first met in 2003 on a post-flight shuttle for new Cowboys rookies arriving to Dallas. Over the next 14 years they flew thousands of miles together on more than 100 Cowboys road trips. Read

In early April, a couple days after the team released its former franchise quarterback and Romo announced his new broadcasting career as lead NFL analyst for CBS, Witten was alone with his thoughts on a flight back from The Masters golf tournament. Read


FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys found their next franchise quarterback with a fourth-round compensatory draft pick last year. Read

Could they spend another pick this year on a developmental backup for 23-year-old starter Dak Prescott? Read

Team executive vice president Stephen Jones didn’t rule out that possibility during Monday’s pre-draft press conference. Read

With Tony Romo’s release in early April, the Cowboys now only have one quarterback under contract as a backup to Prescott: Kellen Moore. Read


FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys are still known as movers and shakers on draft weekend, even if their recent history suggests otherwise. Read

The front office has picked at their original draft position in each of the last three years – and team owner/general manager Jerry Jones suggested Monday that patience again might be the best approach as the team enters Thursday’s first round with the No. 28 overall pick. Read

“This is a real good year for staying put,” Jones said at the team’s pre-draft press conference from The Star in Frisco. Read


FRISCO, Texas – The NFL announced Friday that wide receiver Shaquelle Evans has received a four-game suspension without pay for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse. Read

Evans will be eligible to return to the Cowboys’ active roster Monday, Oct. 2 following the Oct. 1 home game against the Los Angeles Rams. He’s eligible to participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games, the league announced. Read

The Cowboys signed Evans to the practice squad in early January and then to the Reserve/Future list after the season. Read


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

Name: Cordrea Tankersley Read

Position: Cornerback Read

College: Clemson Read

Height/Weight: 6-1/199 Read


FRISCO, Texas – The Cowboys have added depth to a position of need a week before the draft, signing five-year veteran safety Robert Blanton. Read

A fifth-round pick by Minnesota in 2012, Blanton played four years with the Vikings, making 17 starts. He had 147 tackles, 5 pass breakups and an interception. Read

Blanton signed with the Buffalo Bills last year and played 10 games (two starts) in 2016, producing 27 tackles. He also has been a regular special teams contributor during his career. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Interesting hypothetical on Talkin’ Cowboys this week: Read

If your draft board says there’s a toss-up between an edge rusher and a cornerback at No. 28, what would you do? Read

If there’s a dead-even grade between a player who can help you cover the upgraded receiver talent across the NFC East, or a guy who can deliver more pressure against the likes of Eli Manning and Kirk Cousins and Carson Wentz, who’s your pick? Read

The most pragmatic answer is actually a question: Read


FRISCO, Texas – As expected, the Cowboys have picked up the fifth-year option on Zack Martin’s rookie contract, keeping him in Dallas through at least 2018. Read

Bigger news will come down the line if the club reaches a multi-year extension with their All-Pro right guard, a move Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones called a “No. 1 priority” at the NFL Scouting Combine in February. Read


FRISCO, Texas – Coming off arguably the best rookie season by any quarterback in NFL history, Dak Prescott isn’t taking this offseason lightly. Read

The 23-year-old starting quarterback knows he must improve if the Cowboys are to take a step past January’s NFC divisional round. Read


ARLINGTON, Texas – The Cowboys begin their voluntary offseason program on Monday – the first step toward building on their 13-win season from 2016. Read

As the team’s starting quarterback, Dak Prescott knows the work that lies ahead – and he appreciates what Tony Romo gave to the organization in that prominent role for a full decade. Read

Asked his thoughts about Romo’s April 4 release from the organization and his new broadcasting career as CBS’s new NFL lead analyst, Prescott once again had positive comments about his former teammate. Read


(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.’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 defensive end.) Read


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

Name: Donnel Pumphrey Read

Position: Running Back Read

College: San Diego State Read

Height/Weight: 5-8/176 Read


DALLAS – Tony Romo wore No. 9 once more Tuesday night. Read

It was a Dallas Mavericks uniform, not his iconic Cowboys jersey. He didn’t play, either, unless you count the pre-game layup line behind NBA legend Dirk Nowitzki. Read

But the ceremonial ‘Maverick For a Day’ experience was very much a celebration of Romo’s 14 seasons with the Cowboys organization – and plenty of his former coaches and teammates paid tribute to their longtime quarterback by attending the Mavericks’ regular-season home finale against the Denver Nuggets. Read