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Updates: Garrett Reportedly Meeting With Giants

The NFL season is here. Don't miss any of the action with our daily updates: news, notes and more throughout the Cowboys' off-season. Presented by Sleep Number

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Jan. 15 Updates

12:03 p.m. – Former Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett is expected to interview for the Giants' vacant offensive coordinator position, according to NFL Media and reports.

The Cowboys announced earlier this month that they would not seek a contract extension with Garrett, their full-time head coach from 2011-19. Mike McCarthy was introduced as new head coach last week.

After spending seven seasons as a backup quarterback with the Cowboys (1993-99), Garrett had the same role with the Giants from 2000-03.

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Jan. 14 Updates

2:38 p.m. – As expected, linebacker Leighton Vander Esch underwent a successful minor procedure on his injured neck, per multiple reports, and is expected to make a full recovery.

After a follow-up examination in December, the Cowboys placed Vander Esch on injured reserve and planned for him to have surgery at some point in January. The belief is he'll point toward participating in the voluntary offseason program this spring, which starts in April.

Vander Esch missed the better part of eight games this season, including the final six games, due to neck issues. The Cowboys opted for him to rest and try to let the inflammation calm down first before considering surgery as an option.

"They think he'll have a full recovery – complete, thumbs up," Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones said on 105.3 The Fan in December.

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Jan. 13 Updates

The last few weeks of the regular season weren't that enjoyable for Jeff Heath, who battled through a pair of shoulder injuries that had him in and out of the lineup. Heath had successful surgery last week on his left shoulder and should give him plenty of time to recover by training camp in July.
The only question now is where. Heath will be an unrestricted free agent in March, one of over 25 free agents for the Cowboys this offseason. 
Heath was one of 10 players to play at least 100 games during this past decade for the Cowboys, totaling 106 since 2013 when he made the team as undrafted rookie.

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Jan. 12 Updates

9:37 a.m. -- The Cowboys have yet to make official announcements about new head coach Mike McCarthy's staff, but multiple reports say they're close to adding Maurice Linguist to an unspecified coaching role in the secondary.

An All-Big 12 honorable mention safety at Baylor in 2006, Linguist has coached defensive backs at the college level for the past 13 seasons, most recently Texas A&M's cornerbacks last year, Minnesota's defensive backs in 2018 and Mississippi State's safeties in 2017. He also has been a defensive passing game coordinator at Iowa State (2015) and Buffalo (2013).

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Jan. 8 Updates

5:44 p.m. – The Ford Center plaza was packed with media, Cowboys staff members and several players – including starters Randall Cobb, Zack Martin, Travis Frederick and Antwaun Woods – for head coach Mike McCarthy's introductory press conference.

Cobb, of course, was drafted by McCarthy and the Packers back in 2011 and spent the first eight seasons of his career playing for him in Green Bay.

McCarthy spent a few minutes visiting with the players after the media session. He said he'll begin the process of reaching out to more players and current staff in the coming days.

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Jan. 2 Updates

2:21 p.m. – Cowboys passing game coordinator/defensive backs coach Kris Richard officially interviewed for the New York Giants' vacant head coaching position, the Giants announced Thursday.

Richard has been the Cowboys' defensive passing game coordinator for the past two seasons, working alongside defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli.

The Giants parted ways with Pat Shurmur on Monday after a 4-12 season.

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10:59 a.m. – The Cowboys have signed the following players to Reserve/ Future contracts:

RB Jordan Chunn
C Marcus Henry
TE Cole Hikutini
WR Tevin Jones
DB D.J. White
DE Daniel Wise
QB Clayton Thorson

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Dec. 30 Updates

3:42 p.m. – In the wake of the Cowboys' final meeting of the season, Sean Lee acknowledged the difficulty of the situation.

The day after the end of the season is always tough, no matter when it ends.

"These teams change every year," Lee said. "Saying bye to some guys and knowing that you're never going to be teammates for some guys. It can be very challenging."

Lee could be part of that transition this year. He is 33 and just finished the 10th year of his career. And while Lee enjoyed some of the best health of his career, appearing in all 16 games, he's not quite ready to make a decision on his future. That will come later.

"I'm going to take some time, talk to the wife, talk to the family and see where I'm at physically in a month or two and make a decision then," he said.

If he does decide to keep playing, Lee will be a free agent in March and could be one of many decisions for the Cowboys to make going forward.

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9:42 a.m. -- The day after the regular season ended on Sunday, head coach Jason Garrett said he will meet with the Joneses Monday after his team meeting with the players around noon.

On 105.3 "The Fan," Garrett said he expects to sit down with both Jerry Jones and Stephen Jones. "We'll have a good visit and we'll see what's next."

Garrett's contract expires after the season, his ninth year as the Cowboys' head coach. Overall, Garrett is 85-67 in regular-season games with a 2-3 postseason record. This is the sixth year his team failed to make the playoffs.

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