May 2012 - Dallas Cowboys Wiretap
Romo Throws Out First Pitch For Rangers
Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo threw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to Wednesday's Mariners-Rangers game. "Hopefully he hits the target," reliever Mike Adams said prior to the game. "It's really awesome. It's a cool thing, especially coming from one of the Cowboys players and a premier quarterback. That's neat."
Jones: Cowboys Aren't Dealing Jenkins
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones reiterated that he has no intention of trading disgruntled cornerback Mike Jenkins. Jenkins asked to be traded after the Cowboys acquired two probable starting cornerbacks in the offseason. "There's nothing that I can conceive that would help us more as a football team and help us accomplish where we're going to be next year than having Jenkins on the team," Jones said. "I'm sure not interested in anything in the future. I'm all about what we can do (this) year."
Cowboys May Keep Jenkins Until Training Camp
The Cowboys claim they won't trade Mike Jenkins, despite the fact they shopped the defensive back during the NFL Draft. ESPN's John Clayton reported on SportsCenter over the weekend that if a trade is going to happen, it won't occur until late July or August. "If they're going to deal [Jenkins]," Clayton said, "they're going to deal him during training camp." The theory is that a cornerback-needy team might get desperate in camp, especially if one of its top corners goes down in practice or a preseason game. Jenkins is young and his base salary is an affordable $1.052 million.
Scandrick Against Hybrid Secondary Role
Orlando Scandrick doesn't like the idea of playing a hybrid safety/cornerback role with the Cowboys this season. "Not happening," Scandrick said. The team wants to get their best players on the field and that might include using four cornerbacks at times. That likely means at least one of the cornerbacks has to take on some safety-like responsibilities. "It's not the schematics of things," Scandrick said. "A couple of years ago, we had a different defensive coordinator. Brodney Pool, Gerald Sensabaugh and Barry Church are our safeties. Orlando Scandrick, Morris Claiborne, Brandon Carr and Mike Jenkins are our corners."
Spencer: Playing With Ware 'A Curse And A Blessing'
Cowboys linebacker Anthony Spencer plays alongside DeMarcus Ware, one of the most feared and respected defenders in the NFL. Spencer is able to focus on stopping the run and rarely sees double teams when he's asked to rush the quarterback. But the first-round pick's production will always be compared to Ware, who has 80 sacks to Spencer's 21.5 during their five seasons together. "It's both a curse and a blessing," Spencer recently said of playing opposite Ware. "I wouldn't say it's a curse, but it has its benefits and its non-benefits being across from him, definitely."
Colts Still Have Offer On Table For Jenkins
The Colts have made multiple trade offers for Cowboys cornerback Mike Jenkins and one remains on the table, according to a league source. Dallas coach Jason Garrett said this week that the team would not trade Jenkins, but another NFL source familiar with the situation said he believed a trade could be worked out for the right price.
Source: Colts Want To Deal For Mike Jenkins
The Colts have made multiple trade offers to the Cowboys in an effort to acquire cornerback Mike Jenkins, according to a league source. Dallas coach Jason Garrett said this week that the team would not trade Jenkins, but a source familiar with the situation said he believed a trade could be worked out for the right price.
Garrett: Cowboys Won't Deal Jenkins
The Cowboys have no plans to trade cornerback Mike Jenkins, according to coach Jason Garrett. Dallas officials would like the disgruntled cornerback to attend organized team activities. "Mike Jenkins, we believe, is a big part of our football team, right now," Garrett said. "And he's making a business decision not to be here. But we're not going to trade him. We like Mike Jenkins because he's going to be a part of our team. We got to get him healthy and we got to get him back on the field." Jenkins will not attend the voluntary team workouts at Valley Ranch and is seeking a trade from the Cowboys, according to a source.
Romo Denies Window Is Closing For Cowboys
Tony Romo doesn't agree with owner Jerry Jones, who says that he believes the chances of the team winning a Super Bowl are decreasing. "It's not closing," Romo said of the team's title window. "I think there's a sense of urgency every year that you play, whether it's your first year in the league or your 22nd. You never know when all that stuff is going to happen, so you just play every year as if it's an urgent day. Forget about thinking about the end of the year or two months away. You've got to get better today. Whether you're a rookie or an 11-year veteran around here, you've got to do that same approach. "It's the same. If it increases, then you didn't do what you needed to do when you were younger."
Jones Aware Title Window Is 'Getting Shorter' For Cowboys
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is aware that the team needs to win now as their window of contention begins to close. "Well, my window is getting shorter. Time goes by," Jones told NFL Network. "I do feel real pressure because we do have players not only in (quarterback) Tony Romo, but (tight end) Jason Witten (and outside linebacker) DeMarcus Ware, to leave out several that are (also) in the prime of their career. And we need to strike and strike soon with those guys. "(Coach) Jason Garrett feels exactly the same way about it and understands how urgent it is. Candidly, you're looking through rose-colored glasses if we all don't realize that now is the time to compete on the field."
Cowboys, Redskins Have Cap Penalty Appeals Denied
Appeals by the Cowboys and Redskins of their salary-cap losses were dismissed by special master Stephen Burbank.
Sources: Mike Jenkins Seeks Trade
Mike Jenkins wants the Cowboys to trade him and doesn't plan on attending this week's organized team activities.
Report: Claiborne Won't Be Ready For Minicamp
The Cowboys are still planning for Claiborne to be fully healed in time for training camp in late July.
Witten: 'It's About Now' As Window Closes
Jason Witten feels as though the clock is ticking for him to win a Super Bowl alongside Tony Romo.
Morris Claiborne Has Pins Removed From Wrist
Cowboys first-round pick Morris Claiborne had pins removed from his repaired left wrist on Wednesday.
Cowboys Not Planning To Trade Jenkins
Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says he isn't planning on trading cornerback Mike Jenkins despite drafting Morris Claiborne out of LSU.
Report: Claiborne Can't Sign With Cowboys Until June
The Cowboys are waiting for former cornerback Terence Newman's contract to expire on June 1 before signing any of their seven rookie draft picks.
Dallas Rookies 'Light Years Away'
Cowboys rookies may have been a "little shocked" by the tempo of practice, but got "a little better as the progressed."
Rob Ryan Drops 35 Pounds After Lap Band
Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan said Friday afternoon he's lost 35 pounds as a result of a lap-band procedure performed this spring.
Cowboys Expecting Big Season From Bryant
Dez Bryant will enter this third NFL season this fall and the Cowboys are expecting a big jump in production.
Claiborne Would Love To Be Two-Way Player
Cowboys first-round pick Morris Claiborne, a natural defensive back, says he would love to be a two-way player in the NFL.