April 2012 - Dallas Cowboys Wiretap
Cowboys Still Willing To Deal Mike Jenkins
The Cowboys are still shopping Mike Jenkins in a trade, but there have been no serious suitors as of Sunday afternoon. While the front office has praised Jenkins, there appears to be some concern about his participation in the offseason program. The program is voluntary, but coming off shoulder surgery Dallas wanted to see him take part. The Cowboys traded up in the first round on Thursday night to take Morris Claiborne.
Claiborne 'Blew Off' Wonderlic Test
Morris Claiborne said he pretty much blew off the Wonderlic test at the NFL scouting combine, resulting in what has been reported as a single-digit score. Dallas moved up to the sixth overall pick on Thursday night to take the cornerback. "I mean, I looked on the test and wasn't nothing on the test that came with football, so I pretty much blew the test off," Claiborne said. The Wonderlic consists of 50 questions that must be answered in 12 minutes.
Claiborne 'Shocked' Cowboys Took Him Sixth
The Cowboys traded up from the 14th pick to 6th in order to draft LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne on Thursday night. "Use the word elite, we think he is," owner Jerry Jones said. "I think he's the most consensus pick and the most consensus move I can ever remember on our draft day." Dallas didn't connect with Claiborne ahead of the draft, so the defender was surprised by his suitor. "I was shocked," he said. "They didn't even talk to me."
Cowboys Shopping Mike Jenkins
The Cowboys are shopping Mike Jenkins, who they now regard as expendable. Dallas is willing to move the defensive back this weekend, according to a source. The club signed Brandon Carr in free agency and surprised many by trading up to draft Morris Claiborne on Thursday night.
Cowboys Make Trade To Grab Claiborne
Wanting to draft Morris Claiborne, the Cowboys traded up on Thursday night, grabbing the sixth pick from the Rams. St. Louis acquired the No. 14 and No. 45 overall picks from Dallas in the deal.
Anthony Spencer Signs Tender With Cowboys
Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer signed his franchise tender on Monday. He will be paid $8.8 million for the 2012 season, unless he reaches a long-term agreement with the team. With Spencer now signed, he's expected to attend the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program, which started its second week on Monday.
Report: NFL Wants Cowboys, Redskins Cap Grievances Dismissed
The NFL wants to have the grievances for salary cap penalties levied against the Cowboys and Redskins dismissed, according to a source. The league contends that since the union agreed to reduce the salary cap in the latest labor deal, the Cowboys and Redskins cannot challenge the penalties. The NFL and the two teams are scheduled to have an arbitration hearing before the league system arbitrator Stephen Burbank on May 10.
Colombo Signs Deal To Retire With Cowboys
Marc Colombo signed a ceremonial one-year contract with the Cowboys on Friday to make sure his NFL career ended with the team. "My time here was the majority of my career," said Colombo, who joined the team in 2005. "I feel like this place made me the football player I always wanted to be. It's just an amazing place with an unbelievable owner. To be able to play at other places, you realize there's nothing like being a Cowboy." The Cowboys released Colombo after the lockout ended in 2011. The 33-year-old signed with Miami and played every snap for the Dolphins last season. "It's really good to be able to come back here," he said. "I think getting away for a year was a good thing because it made me realize how fortunate I was to play as long as I did with the Cowboys. "To come back in and meet with Mr. Jones, it was really humbling. He's a great owner and I have nothing but the utmost respect for him. He's always treated me well," Colombo said. "I just think being able to retire as a Dallas Cowboy is something I always envisioned after I'd been here for a few years. We're living here now. The fan support has been great and I'd just like to thank everybody."
Miles Austin 'Wasn't Prepared' Last Season
Miles Austin missed six games in 2011 because of a lingering hamstring injury, leading to a decline in catches and yards. The wide receiver blamed a lack of physical preparation on the disappointing campaign. "I feel like last year I wasn't prepared for the season the way I should've been condition-wise, even though I looked and felt it at the time," Austin said. "That's one thing that I have to keep an eye on. To make sure I'm in the best physical shape I can be."
Cowboys Will Take Long Look At Courtney Upshaw
The Cowboys, who will pick fourteenth in this month's NFL Draft, will evaluate Alabama safety Courtney Upshaw. "One thing you've got to look to when you're talking safety in the first round, we think, in order to justify a pick at safety is that the guy needs to cover too," Dallas COO Stephen Jones said. "We got to get them out on third down. I think you can get by with safeties in the box in our league, but to find one who can really cover is important. "Then go to Upshaw. He's a guy we're really going to have to take a long, hard look at over the next couple of weeks to see is he a SAM linebacker for us, what is his more natural position or is he more of a defensive end."
Bengals, Terence Newman Agree To Deal
The Bengals have agreed to a deal with free-agent CB Terrence Newman.
Source: Bradie James Signs With Texans
Former Cowboys linebacker Bradie James has signed with the Texans.
Romo Strives For Super Bowl Title
Tony Romo says he won't be satisfied with his career until he wins a Super Bowl title.
Report: Cowboys Have Discussed Trading Felix Jones
Felix Jones has become somewhat expendable following the emergence of DeMarco Murray last season.
Jones Admits Dallas Overpaid For Carr
In need of help in the secondary, the Cowboys gave Brandon Carr a $50.1 million contract with roughly half of the value guaranteed.
Former NFL Coach Joe Avezzano Dies Suddenly
Former NFL coach Joe Avezzano died Thursday in Italy when he suffered a heart attack.