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Dallas Cowboys Slap Dez Bryant with Franchise Tag

March 2nd, 2015 at 3:51 PM
By Darko Debogovic

Its official folks: the Dallas Cowboys used their franchise tag on wide receiver Dez Bryant this morning. And though we’ve known for some time that this would be the likely outcome in an otherwise convoluted offseason for the Cowboys, Dallas still has until the July 15 deadline to structure a long term deal with their star wideout. If they can’t rework his contract, Bryant will make the standard $12.823 tender, as defined by 2015 salary cap.

Cowboys Vice President Stephen Jones informed Bryant’s agent on Friday that his client would be tagged after the weekend. Last season, the Cowboys believed they were on the verge of signing Bryant to a long, multiyear deal, but negotiations fell through after he switched agents from Eugene Parker to Kim Miale of Jay Z’s Roc Nation and Tom Condon of CAA. Rather than negotiating with the club, Bryant chose to hold off contract talks in order to focus solely on football. Needless to say, things didn’t work out the way he wanted. He’s already expressed disappointment with Jones’ public decree of using the tender, posting this on Twitter:

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LB Rolando McClain Faces 4 Game Fine

February 22nd, 2015 at 2:52 PM
By Darko Debogovic

On the brink of free agency, Dallas Cowboys linebacker Rolando McClain faces a four-game fine for violating the league’s new substance abuse policy. According to multiple sources—including an ESPN report filed Saturday—McClain failed three drug tests meaning he’d have to pay a fine if found guilty—a fourth would result in an automatic four-game suspension.

It still remains to be seen how many tests he failed with the Cowboys and what kind of drugs were found in his system. If the allegations are true, the fine could also skew the type of contract McClain receives—even if he isn’t suspended. It’s worth noting that cornerback Orlando Scandrick was suspended two games last year for violating the drug abuse policy and the Cowboys didn’t hold it against him.

With the type of season he had in 2014, it’s not a stretch to say that Dallas is interested in re-signing McClain. In fact, ‘interested’ might be putting it lightly. The front office has already had preliminary discussions with his agent Pat Dye and is planning on meeting with him during the scouting combine later this week.

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Dez Bryant Favorite to Receive Franchise Tag

February 18th, 2015 at 6:20 PM
By Darko Debogovic

Despite leading the league in touchdown receptions last season (16), Dez Bryant won’t—in all likelihood—be catching a big contract from the Dallas Cowboys in 2015.

Vice President Stephen Jones made that abundantly clear yesterday, when he provided an update on the team’s free-agent conundrum involving Bryant and DeMarco Murray. Jones told The Dallas Morning News that he planned on meeting with Murray’s agent at the combine but failed to mention a meeting with Bryant’s representatives. Ergo, all signs point to Bryant playing under the franchise tag in 2015:

“Right now all things being equal, it’s leaning more Dez with the franchise than it is not,” Jones said, via the Dallas Morning News. “But that doesn’t mean it will stay that way. We don’t ever want to give up on a long-term deal. It’s something we worked on all of last year and it kind of cooled off once we got into the season. We’ll continue to see what our options are and things happen quickly as you go along. Things can go along with a lot not going on, but all of a sudden it happens.”

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Dallas Cowboys’ Plans to Snag Adrian Peterson Just Took a Hit

February 13th, 2015 at 3:20 PM
By Darko Debogovic

Amidst the uncertainty of Dallas Cowboys running backs DeMarco Murray and Joseph Randle, rumors regarding the acquisition of Adrian Peterson have floated around Valley Ranch for quite some time now, though it looks like the Minnesota Vikings have just thrown down their gauntlet. The Vikings’ new chief operating officer, Kevin Warren, expressed his intent to retain Peterson in a conference call on Thursday.

“I think we’ve made it very clear how I personally feel about Adrian, how our organization feels about him,” Warren said, per Inquisitir.com. “Mark Wilf [Viking’s president] made it very clear yesterday. Last year was a complicated year at various levels, but once Adrian gets all of his items resolved with the NFL, is free to play again and rejoin our franchise. I think it’s good for Adrian. It’d be good for us too, it’d be good for all the Vikings fans, it’d be good for our community and it’d be good for the NFL.”

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Dallas Cowboys Running Back Prospects, Todd Gurley and Melvin Gordon

February 12th, 2015 at 3:52 PM
By Darko Debogovic

‘This town ain’t big enough for the both of us,’ perfectly embodies the state of Dallas Cowboys’ impending free-agents DeMarco Murray and Dez Bryant. Owner Jerry Jones has acknowledged the possibility of not having enough room for two of his biggest stars from last season, culminating in a very difficult decision come March. According to multiple sources, the likelihood of retaining Bryant is far more likely than that of his back-field teammate, Murray, making his replacement a top priority in this year’s upcoming draft. One route the Cowboys could head towards is the signing of Georgia running back, Todd Gurley.

“Set to hit free agency, DeMarco Murray is going to command a lot of money,” Rob Rang of CBS Sports wrote, via Hngn.com. “The Cowboys could re-sign him and elect to fill a hole on defense with this pick but it is hard to imagine Jerry Jones being able to turn down a player with Gurley's talent should the Cowboys be in the market for a starting running back.”

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