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Jerry Jones: Roger Goodell Doing 'Outstanding Job'

Jul 29, 2015 9:34 PM

Jerry Jones voiced his support for Roger Goodell on Wednesday.

"He's got obviously a very tough job," Jones said. "Now I see some people doing that, that's that old violin that's not feeling too sorry for him because that's why you pay the big bucks is to deal with the big problems. But he's doing an outstanding job. I can tell you firsthand that in his spot you have to with people that you are counting on to help build and to help excel as far as the National Football League, I'm talking about the owners, you have to know that you're going to make some decisions that are very unpopular with that particular group. This is the case.

"I can speak to that because on a personal basis as well as for my franchise and our Dallas Cowboys franchise, we've had that happen to us. I'm sitting there living with the result of the commissioner's decision still today that I didn't agree with when it happened. And so some of the very people sometimes that have the biggest complaints, they're the ones who give you a phone call and say, 'Hey let's be a team player now and let's all get in here and realize that this happens to everybody and let's go on and compete. We've got a great league and a great game.'"

The Dallas Cowboys were stripped of $10 million in salary cap space in 2012.

Todd Archer/ESPN

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Dez Bryant, Cowboys Agree Upon Five-Year, $70M Deal

Jul 15, 2015 2:38 PM

The Dallas Cowboys and Dez Bryant are finalizing a long-term deal worth $70 million over five seasons. Bryant will get $20 million as a signing bonus and $45 million fully guaranteed as of March 2016.

Bryant had until Wednesday to agree upon a deal otherwise he would play 2015 under the franchise tag.

Bryant was considering holding out of training camp and missing games if he received the tag.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Tags: Dallas Cowboys, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Dez Bryant Threatens To Sit Out Camp, Games If No Deal Reached

Jul 13, 2015 12:14 PM

Dez Bryant has informed the Dallas Cowboys he intends to not attend training camp and will also sit out games unless the two sides reach agreement on a long-term deal by Wednesday's deadline.

The Cowboys and Bryant's representatives, both CAA's Tom Condon and members of Roc Nation, have had one face-to-face negotiating session. 

The threat was personally delivered in a phone call last week, reiterating what Bryant's representatives have been telling the team. Bryant told Jones he understands the league created the franchise player designation with the approval of the NFLPA and that he wants to spend his career playing for the Cowboys.

Bryant would play for the franchise tender of $12.8 million if a deal isn't reached by Wednesday.

Bryant cannot be fined for missing training camp without signing his franchise tender but would be forfeiting $752,000 for each regular-season game missed while not having the ability to get the long-term contract he desires.

The Cowboys have reacted as though they perceive Bryant's rhetoric to be an empty threat. He has undermined it by taking part in some individual drills during team OTAs and by appearing on the sidelines at minicamp even though little or no progress had been achieved in negotiations.

 

Ed Werder/ESPN

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NFLPA Investigating Possible Collusion On Bryant, Thomas

Jul 10, 2015 8:27 PM

The NFL Players Association is reviewing whether there was collusion between the Denver Broncos and the Dallas Cowboys on the unsettled contracts of Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant.

The players' association says it believes the Broncos and Cowboys had contact about each player's contract. The collective bargaining agreement prohibits such contact.

The deadline for both Thomas and Bryant to sign long-term deals is Wednesday.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

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Greg Hardy Has 10-Game Suspension Reduced To Four

Jul 10, 2015 8:24 PM

The suspension of Greg Hardy has been reduced from 10 games to four games.

The NFL initially suspended Hardy in April for what it deemed to be multiple violations of the league's personal conduct policy during an incident with a former girlfriend in spring 2014. The charges against Hardy, who was with the Carolina Panthers at the time, were eventually dismissed after the ex-girlfriend, Nicole Holder, refused to cooperate with the Mecklenburg (North Carolina) County district attorney's office.

Hardy signed with the Dallas Cowboys in the offseason.

In July 2014, Hardy was found guilty by a judge of assaulting Holder and threatening to kill her. He received a 60-day suspended sentence and 18 months' probation on misdemeanor charges but appealed the judge's ruling in favor of a jury trial. The case was dismissed in February when Holder chose not to cooperate with authorities after receiving a settlement from Hardy.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Tags: Carolina Panthers, Dallas Cowboys, Suspension

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Rolando McClain Suspended Four Games For Substance Abuse Violation

Jul 2, 2015 4:49 PM

Rolando McClain has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.

McClain can return to the Cowboys' active roster Oct. 5, following the team's Week 4 game against the New Orleans Saints.

"I apologize to my family, the Cowboys organization, my teammates and Cowboys fans for my mistake," McClain said in a statement. "I will not break the rules of my profession in the future, and I regret my error. I look forward to returning to the field on week 5, when I hope to help my team beat the Patriots."

ESPN

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Morris Claiborne Weighed Just 150 Pounds Following Surgeries

Jun 28, 2015 11:59 AM

Morris Claiborne lost 30 to 40 pounds after undergoing multiple surgeries last year.

Claiborne not only underwent patellar tendon surgery on his left knee in early October, but also had December surgery on his right knee to prevent potential problems with the patellar tendon.

"Man, I got all the way down to 150," Claiborne said. "I'm all the way back to 172 now, and I'm getting closer to my playing weight of 180."

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

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Dez Bryant, Cowboys Renew Contract Talks

Jun 28, 2015 11:57 AM

Dez Bryant and the Dallas Cowboys have resumed talks on a new contract.

On Friday, the Cowboys had their first face-to-face meeting with Bryant's agents Tom Condon and Roc Nation's Kim Miale in nearly four months.

Bryant has threatened to sit out the season opener, while executive vice president Stephen Jones acknowledged two weeks ago there is "just too big of a divide" in contract demands.

Condon recently accused the Cowboys of taking a "year-by-year" approach in regards to Bryant's status within the franchise.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

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Dez Bryant Visits Cowboys' Practice

Jun 18, 2015 1:11 PM

Dez Bryant returned to the Dallas Cowboys' practice on Thursday but did not participate.

Jason Garrett explained that Bryant did not practice because he has yet to sign his franchise tender.

"I know how he's working and hopefully we get the business stuff resolved," Garrett said.

Bryant is seeking a long-term deal from the Cowboys.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

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Dez Bryant: $13M Is Cool But Where's My Security

Jun 17, 2015 4:16 PM

Dez Bryant took his stance on the current contract dispute between he and the Dallas Cowboys public on Wednesday.

"Everybody voicing opinions..13 mil is cool but where is my security? I'll wait ...5 years without complaining. So how am I selfish? #family1," wrote Bryant on Twitter.

Bryant was placed with the franchise tag, a one-year tender which would pay him $12.823 million. He has yet to sign the deal and is sitting out the team's mandatory minicamp.

"Right now there's just too big of a divide," Cowboys executive Vice President Stephen Jones told SiriusXM NFL Radio of the contract talks on Tuesday.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

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Brandon Weeden Has Made 'Big Jump This Year'
In his second season with the Cowboys, Brandon Weeden has gone from trying to learn the offense to understanding the hows and whys of the offense used by Scott Linehan.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Dez Bryant Prepared To Miss Regular Season Games Without Contract
Dez Bryant would risk close to $1 million per game on the $12.823 million guaranteed under the franchise tag if he misses game action.

Michael Silver/NFL.com

Cowboys Use Drone, Virtual Reality During Practices
The Cowboys will use a drone to film part of their practices, as well as use virtual reality to help their players improve in 2015.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Sean Lee Wants To Prove He's Back From ACL
Sean Lee has been a highly productive linebacker, but he's struggled to remain healthy.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Garrett: Joseph Randle Needs To Focus On Doing, Not Talking
Joseph Randle said DeMarco Murray "left a lot of meat on the bone" in his record breaking season.

David Moore/Dallas Morning News

Cowboys To Sign A.J. Jenkins
A.J. Jenkins caught just 17 balls for 223 yards in 25 games for Kansas City.

Ian Rapoport/NFL.com

Orlando Scandrick Signs $9.5M Extension With Cowboys
Orlando Scandrick finished 10th out of 108 qualified cornerbacks in Pro Football Focus' ratings.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Cowboys Working Out Felix Jones, Ben Tate
Felix Jones was a former first round pick for the Cowboys.

Conor Orr/NFL.com

Cowboys Seek Restructured Deal With Orlando Scandrick
Orlando Scandrick was set to make $1.5 million this year as part of a deal the Cowboys reworked in 2013 that guaranteed him $9 million.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Dez Bryant: NFL Knows What Would Happen If Peterson Joined Cowboys
Dez Bryant believes the Dallas Cowboys would become unstoppable if they added Adrian Peterson.

Dallas Morning News

Tony Romo Believes Cowboys' O-Line Can Extend His Career
Tony Romo echoed recent sentiments from Drew Brees and Tom Brady about playing past the age of 40.

Chris Wesseling/NFL.com

Cowboys Willing To Consider Trading 2016 First Rounder
The Cowboys would consider trading away their 2016 first round pick to acquire a game-changing running back or a blue-chip defensive talent.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

La'el Collins Signs Three-Year, $1.65M Deal With Cowboys
La'el Collins was one of the top offensive tackles in the draft, but went undrafted following the murder of his ex-girlfriend.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

La'el Collins Meets With Cowboys; Dolphins Next
The Dolphins had several former LSU teammates such as Jarvis Landry and Anthony Johnson visit La'el Collins on campus.

Josh Alper/Pro Football Talk

Cowboys Postpone Selecting Tony Romo's Potential Successor
Of the four quarterbacks they worked out, Bryce Petty drew the most interest from the Cowboys.

Todd Archer/ESPN

Chris Johnson Has Interest In Cowboys
Chris Johnson suffered a gunshot wound in his shoulder in March, but he's working out again.

Marc Sessler/NFL.com

Randy Gregory Blames Past Issues On Decision-Making
Randy Gregory claims his issues in the past have been due to his decision-making and not drug use.

Dan Hanzus/NFL.com

Cowboys Decline Fifth-Year Option On Morris Claiborne
Morris Claiborne was the sixth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

AP

Cowboys Comfortable Passing On Running Back In Draft
The Cowboys didn't draft one of the 22 running backs selected in the 2015 NFL Draft despite an apparent need at the position.

Kevin Patra/NFL.com

Cowboys Not Interested In Trading For Johnny Manziel
Johnny Manziel could be made expendable if the Browns trade for Sam Bradford.

Ed Werder/ESPN

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