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Cowboys want a better backup for RB Ezekiel Elliott, but does the role warrant a draft pick?

FRISCO -- Of all the positions the Cowboys have addressed this offseason, backup running back is noticeably absent. The team is open about wanting to improve the position behind Ezekiel Elliott, who has won the league rushing title in two of his first three seasons. Dallas needs better insurance if Elliott were to be unavailable or injured. They go to Zeke as much as possible -- he rushed 304 times and led the team in receptions, too, with 77. The Cowboys haven't re-signed Rod Smith during free agency. Last season's backup had 44 carries for 127 yards and a touchdown in 2018. Elliott hasn't...

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With NFL draft looming, Stephen Jones, Jason Garrett discuss safety position

FRISCO - The Cowboys have brought in several safeties during their pre-draft workouts. It's a known position of need for the team. Dallas, somewhat surprisingly, didn't draft a safety a year ago during the 2018 draft. They were interested in Earl Thomas during free agency, but unwilling to meet his high price tag.Will they finally make a move to upgrade the position during next week's draft? The Cowboys' first pick comes in the bottom of the second round, at No. 58 overall. Current safeties on the roster include Xavier Woods (2017 sixth round), Jeff Heath (undrafted 2013), Kavon Frazier (2016...

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The Cowboys have had a great offseason so far and it’s set them for another outstanding draft

Take a moment to bask in the glory of a great offseason, but then collect yourself because this team is just getting started. It wasn’t that long ago when many people were upset with the front office of the Dallas Cowboys. The team was quiet during the first wave of free agency and fans were left wondering how this team was expected to improve upon last year’s squad. With no first-round pick this year, the Cowboys are going to miss out on the top players from this draft class. And with a conservative approach to free agency, what exactly would that mean for the team’s offseason...

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Dallas Cowboys offseason central: Get the latest NFL mock drafts, pre-draft visitor grades, free-agent news and more

Editor's note: This page will be updated regularly throughout the offseason. It's been just over a month since the start of free agency for the Cowboys and the rest of the NFL.Among the most notable moves for the Cowboys was agreeing to a deal to bring back DeMarcus Lawrence, agreeing to a trade with the Miami Dolphins to net Robert Quinn and signing safety George Iloka to a one-year deal. Although the Cowboys relinquished their first-round pick in a trade for Amari Cooper, they now set their sights on the NFL draft. Here's a look at some of the key offseason storylines.[Updated April...

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Cowboys draft prospect: What Emanuel Hall could bring to Dallas

Emanuel Hall possesses elite speed and athleticism that makes him a high-upside player as a Cowboys draft prospect. How big of a priority is wide receiver heading into next week’s draft? That is a question that has yet to be answered, but the Cowboys did address the position through free agency by inking a deal with Randall Cobb as well as keeping Allen Hurns. Still, adding another weapon to Dak Prescott’s arsenal does not seem like a bad idea. After all, it is clear that the franchise is committed to number 4, so why not strengthen his pass catching corps? Amari Cooper looks like a...

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Replacements: Cowboys draft may look to fill holes coming up in 2020

There are few immediate needs to fill for the Cowboys, so will the strategy be more about the long view? The Dallas Cowboys don’t have a first-round pick in the looming NFL draft. But that is not the problem it could be. Because of moves made, including the use of that first-round pick to acquire Amari Cooper, getting the DeMarcus Lawrence deal wrapped up, and a more aggressive approach in free agency to net Robert Quinn and Randall Cobb, they have a really strong group already under contract, with no immediate pressing needs that have to be filled in the draft. They will be looking for...

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2019 Cowboys free agency tracker: See who's signed, who hasn't and more

*Editor's note: This article will continue to be updated throughout NFL free agency. NFL free agency is here. Following the NFL's two-day legal tampering window that opened Monday, free agents can sign new contracts with teams as the 2019 league year officially got underway Wednesday afternoon.Many major moves had already been reported across the league, including for other teams in the NFC East, but Cowboys fans continue to wait on their team to make a big splash.Hopes of Earl Thomas playing in Dallas have been dashed. However, the Cowboys did sign free-agent safety George Iloka. Most...

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Cowboys news: Available free agents that may still interest Dallas

Check out today’s latest and greatest news surrounding America’s team! Top Remaining Dallas Cowboys Free Agent Fits - David Latham, Last Word on Pro Football Could the Cowboys still be interested in adding veteran free agents before the start of training camp? Muhammad Wilkerson There was a time when defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson would have been one of the most coveted names in free agency. The former first-round pick was one of the best defensive tackles in the game early in his career. However, his play took a nosedive after earning a hefty payday after the 2015 season....

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Cowboys seven-round mock draft: Post free agency edition

With less than two weeks before the 2019 NFL Draft, let’s start putting some names to the Cowboys. With the combine, free agency, Pro Days, and most official visits in the rear-view mirror, the 2019 NFL Draft is just two weeks away. This offseason, the Cowboys have spent a lot of their times filling needs with free agency (Randall Cobb, Robert Quinn, Kerry Hyder, Christian Covington) to set themselves up come draft day to draft the best player available on their board when they’re on the clock. Today, we will do a “post-free agency” seven-round mock draft in an effort to mirror what...

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Cowboys Mock Draft 1.0: An All-30 visits mock draft for the Cowboys

A mock draft based solely off the Cowboys pre-draft visits. We are under 20 days away from the NFL Draft and the Cowboys are in as good a position as any to just stick with their board. It’s been a much more exciting offseason for the Cowboys after they did solid work in the last several weeks of free agency. They extended their best pass rusher, DeMarcus Lawrence, traded for Robert Quinn, added safety George Iloka, receiver Randall Cobb, versatile defensive linemen Kerry Hyder and Christian Covington, keeping the team very busy. For the first time in a while, it certainly feels like the...

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Cowboys news: DeMarcus Lawrence extension popular with the masses

We got the news... DeMarcus Lawrence has secured his bag. Here is why the deal was a no-brainer for Cowboys – Bob Sturm, The AthleticWant to feel good about the Cowboys’ big money investment in Demarcus Lawrence? Come for the The Sturminator’s thoughts, then luxuriate in nearly 20 gifs that will remind you how thoroughly destructive Lawrence has been. The Cowboys challenged him to prove his value to them in 2017. The premise, I am sure, was that if he could not perform at a reasonably high level, they would allow him into the free agency world on his own. The Cowboys would be done...

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Cowboys 2019 mock draft: Maximize the draft haul by selecting these six players

Wouldn’t it be nice if the new class of Cowboys rookies helped fill any remaining holes the team has? The 2019 NFL draft is less than three weeks away and before you know it, the Cowboys will have a bunch of new toys to play with for the upcoming season. The team has done a great job filling holes in free agency and it has afforded them the luxury to draft as pure as possible. Despite the plan to just pluck talented players off the board, it would be nice if the Cowboys draft selections just coincidentally addressed any of the remaining needs the team has. On offense, the team still...

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The DeMarcus Lawrence extension caps off a phenomenal offseason for the Cowboys

Dallas seems to be in great shape heading into the draft. Remember the first week of free agency when the sky was falling in Dallas? Landon Collins signed a big contract in Washington, Earl Thomas was said to be out of the Cowboys’ price range, and DeMarcus Lawrence was waiting until he signed a long-term deal to get surgery. Oh, how things can change in a month. On Friday the Cowboys finalized a deal with their “war daddy” pass rusher that paid him big money and brought a clear resolution to any potential uncertainty about his status going into the season. Lawrence, who’s been...

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Former Cowboys star says Dallas handled safety position in free agency 'the right way'

Former Dallas Cowboys safety Darren Woodson was a guest 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM] recently. Woodson discussed his thoughts on the Cowboys offseason, the team's Super Bowl chances and more. Check out the highlights:On Cowboys offseason so farWoodson: Randall Cobb was a good pickup. I sort of knew going in that they were probably going to lose Cole Beasley and they needed someone to fill that void. I thought Cobb was a good pickup. And I still think they have a lot of time. There's no urgency in free agency. I think you can pickup guys later on as the season begins or in training camp.On if he...

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DeMarcus Lawrence contract details provides more Cowboys cap space; should they look again at free agency?

Should Dallas dip back into free agency now that they’ve settled the DeMarcus Lawrence situation? It’s a paradox of sorts. The Cowboys just committed to spending $105 million more, but that ended up freeing up money for the 2019 season. DeMarcus Lawrence was counting roughly $20.5 million against the salary cap in 2019 on his franchise tag, but when the Cowboys signed him to his five-year, $105 million dollar contract, they brought down his 2019 cap hit to roughly $11.1 million. And open up $9.4 million in cap space. He was counting $20.5 million on the tag before the deal was...

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Setting the draft table: Projecting the Cowboys depth chart with current players

With free agency apparently done for now, the team has few holes to fill in the draft. The draft is now just weeks away. For the Dallas Cowboys, most of the work has been done in free agency. The team uses free agent acquisitions to fill holes before the draft to help get the best talent available in the draft without having to force picks based on need. That is even more important this year given that their first-round pick has already been traded away to get Amari Cooper, a huge piece now on offense. So where do they sit? Here is a projected depth chart based on players currently under...

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Film room: Bag secured! Why Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence is worth the mega money

*Editor's note: The following article was originally published Feb. 13. With DeMarcus Lawrence and the Cowboys agreeing to a five-year, $105 million contract on Friday, we're bringing this back for your reading pleasure.The only things preventing Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence from entering free agency -- where the fifth-year end would be free to join another team -- are the franchise tag, which would pay him over $20 million in 2019, or a massive contract extension that would make him one of the highest-paid ends in the NFL.With the value of quarterbacks skyrocketing, the value of...

NFL Spin Zone

Dallas Cowboys: Ranking biggest team needs in 2019 NFL Draft

The Dallas Cowboys have done a good job filling holes in free agency, changing their draft needs. Here’s how those needs now rank ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft. After coming to terms with defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence on a five-year deal, the Dallas Cowboys are in great shape heading into the 2019 NFL Draft. […] Dallas Cowboys: Ranking biggest team needs in 2019 NFL Draft - NFL Spin Zone - NFL Spin Zone - NFL news, rumors, analysis, opinions, stats, mock drafts, scores, and GIFs.

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Prediction for Dak Prescott’s upcoming extension from the Cowboys

Just how much Dak Prescott will get paid is a topic of debate. Getting DeMarcus Lawrence signed to a long-term contract is the priority for the Cowboys. That dance is on-going and needs to come to a conclusion by the July 15th deadline. While that’s the top-line focus, there are some other contracts the team would like to re-do and the next biggest priority is taking care of their quarterback, Dak Prescott. Prescott is on the final year of his deal and the team would like to avoid a free agency/franchise tag situation with their signal-caller in the 2020 offseason. Prescott is woefully...

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How Cowboys free agency aggressiveness compares to a perennial championship contender

The Cowboys are receiving praise for this year’s free agency work. Will it be enough to take the next step? The Cowboys have been getting praise lately for their efforts in the first few weeks of free agency. Just a quick recap: Shored up the swing tackle position by re-signing Cameron Fleming Supplemented loss of Cole Beasley with a one-year deal for Randall Cobb at almost $2.5M less of a hit on the salary cap, also brought back Tavon Austin Bolstered the pass rush with a trade for Robert Quinn, a former All-Pro and Pro Bowl edge rusher Added two productive rotational pieces to...

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Film room: Grading three Cowboys pre-draft visitors, including the ideal WR pick in Round 2

The work never stops for the Dallas Cowboys. With free agency now operating at a snail's pace, the franchise will turn most of its attention to the 2019 NFL draft, as prospects have begun to make the rounds for team visits and private workouts.As we said last week, the pre-draft visit list provides an excellent opportunity to get a glimpse of Dallas' draft plans.So, let's dive right in and grade our next crop of Cowboys pre-draft visitors.Note: These grades are the individual evaluations of the author and not meant to predict the Cowboys' grade, or where the player may be drafted. Here's the...

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NFL Power Rankings: Cowboys are “smart, not sexy”

Way too early power rankings, but we’ll check them out anyway. Mock drafts and power rankings. In the grand scheme, they are pretty worthless except for the entertainment value they bring us as we wait for the offseason to close and for real football to return. Earlier today, we took a look at a mock draft for the Cowboys, and now we’ll turn to a way-too-early, post-free-agency power ranking provided by ESPN. The number one spot in the rankings belongs to the Saints, followed by the Rams and the Patriots. You could probably slot those guys in any order among the top three and be okay....

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The Cowboys are finally catching up to other teams in terms of roster building

Multi-year contracts are becoming rarer for the Cowboys, and that’s a very good thing. This offseason has a different feel for the Dallas Cowboys. Free agency looks to be surprisingly successful even as the team has hewed closely to its philosophy of not overspending and looking for bargains. Most of the signings have been for one year only, avoiding any long-term financial or cap space commitments. One result is that the Cowboys are sitting on a huge amount of cap space for 2020. That sets them up to be able to handle the key extensions of star players without having to make many hard...

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Meet draft prospect Andy Isabella, plus more Cowboys free agency talk

We got a double-header on tap. We got two great shows for you. First up is an interview with draft prospect Andy Isabella. Will the Cowboys pick up a receiver in the draft and could it be Isabella? Then we jump into all the Cowboys storylines including the impact of the Robert Quinn trade. Talkin’ The Star Could the Dallas Cowboys take Andy Isabella with their second- or third-round pick even after signing Randall Cobb? Check out Talkin’ The Star’s interview with the former UMass WR here! The 75O Welcome to another week in the NFL offseason! These things are a lot easier to survive...

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2019 NFL over/under win totals: Cowboys projected to NOT win the NFC East

NFL season win totals for the 2019 season are in and they have the Cowboys failing to repeat as NFC East champions. The Super Bowl was played barely two months ago, and it’s still a little over five months until the regular season kicks off. Two months down, five months to go. The first weeks of free agency are in the books, but there will still be the occasional veteran free agent signed here or there. The draft is still about a month away, and a lot can happen between now and the start of the regular season. But that didn’t stop a Vegas Sportsbook from releasing the 2019 NFL regular...

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Could Juan Thornhill be the answer at safety that Byron Jones never was for the Cowboys?

The Cowboys will be testing the safety market in the draft. The Dallas Cowboys need a safety. Despite interest in both Earl Thomas and Eric Berry, the team chose not to invest the cap resources needed to acquire these savvy veteran safeties. They were able to sign George Iloka to a one-year deal, but he is neither the short-term or long-term answer. The team must make a greater effort to improve at the safety position as this wasn’t accomplished through free agency. So, now what? The front office could turn to the draft to help find their answer. A couple weeks ago, we pondered if this...

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Breaking down the 20 NFL draft prospects visiting the Cowboys, including which position group will be heavily considered for their 2nd-round pick

The Cowboys' offseason objective continues to be not spending big in free agency but doing enough so they aren't forced to fill any position in the draft.From signing players like Christian Covington, Kerry Hyder, Randall Cobb and George Iloka to trading for Robert Quinn, Dallas has largely accomplished that goal.The next step is honing in on the prospects that make the most sense throughout the draft. That will be taking place this week at The Star as the Cowboys begin hosting their top-30 national pre-draft visitors.These visits have become a good barometer for Dallas' intentions,...

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Majority of Cowboys fans think Randall Cobb is an upgrade over Cole Beasley

Did the Cowboys get an upgrade when they swapped out slot receivers? SB Nation introduced a tool over the course of last season called FanPulse. It allows us to do what the name suggests, gauge the pulse of fans of various teams. We’ve used FanPulse data to calculate confidence in the Cowboys on a week-to-week basis and we’ve also put it to the test on specific questions. Given the events of free agency so far, FanPulse data was used to calculate how many people feel that Randall Cobb is an upgrade over Cole Beasley at slot receiver. The results are in, and they might shock you (unless...