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NFL Team Report - Dallas Cowboys

Dallas Cowboys - 8-8 - Head Coach - Jason Garrett - 5th Year

Key Team Needs: 1. DL 2. S 3. WR 4. LB 5. RB
1st Round Pick - 16th selection - 11 total picks

Photo – Safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama

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Short List Players - Cowboys
1st Round (16th overall) Prospects

Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Safety - Alabama
Aaron Donald - DT - Pittsburgh
Kony Ealy - DE - Missouri
Timmy Jernigan - DT - Florida St

2nd Day Prospects
2nd Round

Kareem Martin - DE - North Carolina
Scott Crichton - DE - Oregon St
Kyle Van Noy - LB - BYU
Jimmie Ward - Safety - Northern Illinois
Jarvis Landry - WR - LSU
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3rd Round
Chris Smith - DE - Arkansas
Will Sutton - DT - Arizona St
Tre Mason - RB - Auburn
Anthony Johnson - DT - LSU

1. Defensive Line - The Cowboys parted ways with perennial Pro Bowl end DeMarcus Ware. They lost DT Jason Hatcher in FA, though they signed DT Henry Melton. Melton might be out till midseason rehabbing knee surgery. They need both ends and tackles for their 4-3 set and could use their top two picks on those positions. They resigned DE Anthony Spencer to a one year deal, though he is coming off knee surgery that cost him the 2013 season. They like DE Kony Ealy and tackles Aaron Donald and Timmy Jernigan in the mid first round. They will probably address their line with multiple selections. DEs Kareem Martin and Scott Crichton and DT Ra’Shede Hageman and Ego Ferguson are possible 2nd round picks. They like DE Chris Smith and DT Will Sutton in the 3rd round. Expect the Boys to explore trading up for linemen in the early rounds.

2. Safety - The Cowboys had major problems in the secondary last season and could address the safety spot in the early rounds. They added starting corners, Brandon Carr and Morris Claiborne in recent years, though both struggled in a new coverage scheme. They like safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix and Calvin Pryor and will consider them at the 16th overall pick in the 1st round. They like safety Jimmie Ward in the 2nd and Terrence Brooks and Craig Loston in the 3rd rounds.

3. Wide Receiver - The Boys’ hope to address their receiving corps with a top 100 selection. Veteran Miles Austin is unsigned and may not be back. Veteran Dez Bryant is a top #1 receiver and works opposite fast Terrance Williams who has a future here. The talent drops significantly from there and they could address this unit twice with 11 overall picks and little depth overall. They love WR Jarvis Landry and Donte Moncrief in the 2nd round and Brue Ellington in the 3rd round. They also like Marqise Lee in the 1st round.

4. Linebacker - The Cowboys switched to the 4-3 set last season and is a good fit for young LBers Sean Lee and Bruce Carter. Lee is a leader and playmaker in the middle, though struggles staying healthy. They have little depth overall and will hope to add an outside backer to complete the unit. C.J. Mosley would be a great value addition. OLB Ryan Shazier would be a surprise 1st round addition. They like Kyle Van Noy and have him earmarked for the 2nd round. They are looking at LB Trevor Reilly in the 3rd round.

5. Running Back - There is little depth and experience behind starter DeMarco Murray. Best value could be prospects Tre Mason and Ka’Deem Carey in the 2nd/3rd rounds. They like Charles Sims in the middle rounds.

Insiders’ Insights
The Cowboys finished .500 once again and have won only one playoff games since 1997. They hope to address their struggling defense with most of their top selections. Also, they still need playmakers for Tony Romo, though will most likely wait until the middle rounds. Their highest priority though, will be at defensive tackle, safety and linebacker. They have safeties Calvin Pryor and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix on their 1st round list and one should be available. They like DT Aaron Donald, but will have to move up to get him probably in the top dozen selections. They could select multiple defensive linemen after FA losses. They will add a defensive end in the top 100 and like Kareem Martin and Scott Crichton in the 2nd round. They are interested in a starting receiver and players like Odell Beckham and Marqise Lee could be the best 1st round value on the board. They would like to add a 1A type of runner though most likely not before the 3rd round. They like Tre Mason and see him as a fine compliment to Demarco Murphy. With 11 overall picks, they have the leverage to move up in the early rounds for the right player.

1st Round Pick - DT Timmy Jernigan - Florida St. -
Explosive interior defender with big play potential.

Alternate Pick - S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix - Alabama -
Centerfielder is a high Cowboys priority.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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NFL Offseason Workout Programs

NFL Offseason Workout Programs

Each offseason, all 32 NFL teams hold a series of voluntary offseason workout programs.
These nine-week programs are conducted in three phases, per the collective bargaining agreement:

Phase One consists of the first two weeks of the program, with activities limited to strength and conditioning and physical rehabilitation.

Phase Two consists of the next three weeks of the program. On-field workouts may include individual player instruction and drills as well as team practice conducted on a "separates" basis. No live contact or team offense versus team defense drills are permitted.

Phase Three consists of the next four weeks of the program. Teams may conduct a total of 10 days of organized team practice activity, or OTAs. No live contact is permitted, but 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills are permitted.

Additionally, clubs may hold one mandatory minicamp for veteran players. This minicamp must occur during Phase Three of the offseason program.

NFL team comprehensive schedule for this offseason workout programs:
Team / First Day / OTA Offseason Workouts / Minicamp Mandatory Minicamp

Arizona Cardinals
April 21 / May 20-22, May 27-29, June 2-5 / June 10-12

Atlanta Falcons
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-4, June 10-13 / June 17-19

Baltimore Ravens
April 21 / May 28-30, June 3-5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

Buffalo Bills
April 22 / May 28-30, June 2, June 4-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Carolina Panthers
April 21 / May 27-29, June 3-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Chicago Bears
April 22 / May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Cincinnati Bengals
April 21 / May 27-29, June 3-5, June 16-18 / June 10-12

Cleveland Browns
April 7 / May 20-21, May 23, May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5-6 / June 10-12

Dallas Cowboys
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2, June 4-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Denver Broncos
April 21 / May 28-30, June 2-4, June 16-19 / June 10-12

Detroit Lions
April 7 / May 20-22, May 27-29, June 2-5 / June 10-12

Green Bay Packers
April 22 / May 28-30, June 3-5, June 10-13 / June 17-19

Houston Texans
April 7 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

Indianapolis Colts
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Jacksonville Jaguars
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

Kansas City Chiefs
April 21 / May 27-29, June 3-5, June 10-13 / June 17-19

Miami Dolphins
April 21 / May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Minnesota Vikings
April 7 / May 28-30, June 3-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

New England Patriots
April 21 / May 27, May 29-30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

New Orleans Saints
April 21 / May 27-29, June 3-5, June 16-19 / June 10-12

New York Giants
April 21 / May 28-30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

New York Jets
April 21 / May 27-28, May 30, June 2, June 4-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Oakland Raiders
April 22 / May 27-28, May 30, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Philadelphia Eagles
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Pittsburgh Steelers
April 22 / May 27-29, June 3-5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

St. Louis Rams
April 21 / June 3, June 5-6, June 9-10, June 12, June 16-17, June 19-20 / None

San Diego Chargers
April 22 / May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12 / June 17-19

San Francisco 49ers
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-10, June 12-13 / June 17-19

Seattle Seahawks
April 21 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
April 7 / May 20-22, May 27-29, June 2-5 / June 10-12

Tennessee Titans
April 7 / May 27-29, June 2-3, June 5, June 9-12 / June 17-19

Washington Redskins
April 7 / May 27-29, June 2-4, June 9-12 / June 17-19

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NFL Free Agency 2014 - Top 100 Ranked Players

NFL Free Agency 2014 - Top 100 Players
Free Agents - Unrestricted & ‘Street’ - No Franchise or Transitional Players listed

Photo – WR Eric Decker - Broncos

Top NFL Unrestricted Free Agents 2014:
Rank / Players / Position / Team

1. Jairus Byrd - S - Buffalo Bills
2. Lamarr Houston - DE - Oakland Raiders
3. Eugene Monroe - OT - Baltimore Ravens
4. Michael Johnson - DE - Cincinnati Bengals
5. Alterraun Verner - CB - Tennessee Titans
6. T.J. Ward - S - Cleveland Browns
7. Jared Veldheer - OT - Oakland Raiders
8. Branden Albert - OT - Kansas City Chiefs
9. Eric Decker - WR - Denver Broncos
10. Vontae Davis - CB - Indianapolis Colts
11. Randy Starks - DT - Miami Dolphins
12. Linval Joseph - DT - New York Giants
13. Brandon Browner - CB - Seattle Seahawks
14. James Jones - WR - Green Bay Packers
15. Aqib Talib - CB - New England Patriots
16. Jason Hatcher - DT - Dallas Cowboys
17. Jermichael Finley - TE - Green Bay Packers
18. B.J. Raji - DT - Green Bay Packers
19. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie - CB - Broncos
20. Rodger Saffold - OT - St. Louis Rams
21. Henry Melton - DT - Chicago Bears
22. Golden Tate - WR - Seattle Seahawks
23. Karlos Dansby - LB - Arizona Cardinals
24. Donte Whitner - S - San Francisco 49ers
25. Michael Vick - QB - Philadelphia Eagles
26. Walter Thurmond - CB - Seattle Seahawks
27. Julian Edelman - WR - New England Patriots
28. Josh McCown - QB - Chicago Bears
29. Anthony Collins - OT - Cincinnati Bengals
30. Arthur Jones - DT - Baltimore Ravens
31. Hakeem Nicks - WR - NY Giants
32. Robert Ayers - DE - Denver Broncos
33. Brian De La Puente - OC - New Orleans Saints
34. Brandon Pettigrew - TE - Detroit Lions
35. Emmanuel Sanders - WR - Pittsburgh Steelers
36. Zane Beadles - OG - Denver Broncos
37. Ben Tate - RB - Houston Texans
38. Dexter McCluster - WR - Kansas City Chiefs
39. Austin Howard - OT - New York Jets
40. Zach Strief - OT - New Orleans Saints
41. Jon Asamoah - OG - Kansas City Chiefs
42. Darren McFadden - RB - Oakland Raiders
43. Tarell Brown - CB - San Francisco 49ers
44. Andrew Quarless - TE - Green Bay Packers
45. Andre Roberts - WR - Jacksonville Jaguars
46. Knowshon Moreno - RB - Denver Broncos
47. Anthony Spencer - DE - Dallas Cowboys
48. Travelle Wharton - OG - Carolina Panthers
49. Jacoby Jones - WR - Baltimore Ravens
50. Tony McDaniel - DT - Seattle Seahawks

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NFL Teams Designate Franchise and Transitional Tags

NFL Teams Designate Franchise and Transitional Tags
The deadline for NFL teams to designate veteran free agents with either the franchise or transition player tags passed on Monday with a total of 6 players receiving labels.

Photo – TE Jimmy Graham - Saints

Franchise Tags
All Players were non-exclusive Franchised players

TE Jimmy Graham - New Orleans
DE Greg Hardy - Carolina
DE/LB Brian Orakpo - Washington
PK Nick Folk - Jets

The cost for any signing club for a franchised player with the non-exclusive tag would be two first-round picks, and the current club would hold the right to match the offer.

Transitional Players
C Alex Mack - Cleveland
LB Jason Worilds - Pittsburgh

Meanwhile, Mack and Worilds are able to sign offer sheets with other teams which the Browns or Steelers can match respectively to keep the player. However, if the offer sheets aren’t matched there is no compensation for their clubs. The transition designation gives teams five days to match any prospective offers. The salary cap numbers for Transitional players is approximately 20% lower than a Franchise tag at the same position.

NFL Free Agency begins March 11th. New Higher Team 2014 Salary Cap will be part of March NFL Free Agency Report – out this weekend.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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NFL 2014 Postseason Calendar - Clubs Franchise Players - Deadline Monday - New Higher Team 2014 Salary Cap

NFL Postseason Calendar

NFL Free Agency & Trading Period Begins March 11th
Feb. 17 thru March 3rd: Time Period NFL clubs have to designate Franchise or Transition Players

Photo – OT Branden Albert - Chiefs

March 2014
March 1 - NFL Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida
March 3 - Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players
March 8-9 - NFL Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Georgia March 8-11: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2013 player contracts at 4 p.m. ET on March 11. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m. on March 11
March 11: New NFL League year, Veteran Free Agency begins
March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must exercise options for 2014 on all players who have option clauses in their 2013 contracts
March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents with expiring contracts
March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2013 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued Seasons of FA credit
March 11: All clubs must be under the 2014 salary cap before 4 p.m. ET
March 11 - Trading period for 2014 begins , New York time, after expiration of all 2013 contracts
March 15 - NFL Regional Combine, Halas Hall, Lake Forest, Illinois
March 22 - NFL Regional Combine, Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida
March 22-23 - NFL Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Washington
March 23-26: NFL Owners Meeting - Orlando, Fla.
March 29 - NFL Regional Combine, Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 29-30 - NFL Regional Combine, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Maryland.
April 7 - Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 12-13 - Super Regional Combine, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan.
April 21: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin off-season workout programs.
May 2: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
May 7: Deadline for prior club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.

May 8-10: NFL Draft 2014 - New York, Radio City Music Hall
May 8th - First round / May 9th - Rounds 2&3 / May 10th - Rounds 4 thru 7

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NFL Scouting Combine 2014 Opens Today

NFL Scouting Combine 2014 Schedule
NFL Combine - Feb. 19-25, 2014 - Lucas Stadium, Indianapolis, In

Photo – CB Loucheiz Purifoy - Florida

This week over three hundred of the very best college football players will participate in the NFL Scouting Combine (National Invitational Camp) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Top Executives, Coaching Staffs, Player Personnel Departments and Medical Personnel from all 32 NFL teams will be on hand to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft. This intense, four-day job interview is an exciting time for the athletes and a vital step in achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL. The NFL Network will televise the complete NFL Combine weeklong event.

How are players selected for the NFL Combine?
NFL Combine participants are determined each year by a Selection Committee. The Directors of both National and BLESTO scouting services, which combined represent 25 NFL teams, are joined by members of various NFL player personnel departments to form the committee. The participating NFL executives can rotate on a yearly basis, and remain anonymous. All eligible players are reviewed and voted on by the committee members. Each athlete receiving the necessary number of votes, by position, is then extended an invitation. While it is not a perfect science, the goal of the committee is to invite every player that will be drafted in the upcoming NFL Draft.

Schedule
DAY 1 ARRIVALS*: █ Group 1 (PK, ST, OL), Group 2 (OL), Group 3 (TE)

Wednesday - February 19, 2014 Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Thursday - February 20, 2014 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Friday - February 21, 2014 NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ PK/ST Workout ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Saturday - February 22, 2014 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 2 ARRIVALS*: █ Group 4 (QB, WO), Group 5 (QB, WO), Group 6 (RB)
Thursday - February 20, 2014 Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Friday - February 21, 2014 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Saturday - February 22, 2014 NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Sunday - February 23, 2014 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 3 ARRIVALS*: █ Group 7 (DL), Group 8 (DL), Group 9 (LB)
Friday - February 21, 2014 Travel to Indianapolis* ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Saturday - February 22, 2014 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Sunday - February 23, 2014 NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Monday - February 24, 2014 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

DAY 4 ARRIVALS: █ Group 10 (DB), Group 11 (DB)
Saturday - February 22, 2014 Travel to Indianapolis ~ Registration ~ Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays ~ Orientation ~ Interviews
Sunday - February 23, 2014 Measurements ~ Medical Examinations ~ Media ~ Interviews
Monday - February 24, 2014 NFLPA Meeting ~ Psychological Testing ~ Bench Press ~ Interviews
Tuesday - February 25, 2014 On-Field Workout (timing, stations, skill drills) ~ Departure from Indianapolis

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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NFL Clubs Designate Franchise or Transition Players Today

Feb. 17: First day for NFL clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players

Feb. 19-25: NFL Combine 2014 - Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
Feb. 22-25: NFL Combine - Workouts daily by position

Photo – CB Darqueze Dennard - Michigan St.

February 22 - NFL Regional Combine, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa, California
March 1 - NFL Regional Combine, One Buccaneer Place, Tampa, Florida
March 3 - Prior to 4:00 p.m., New York time, deadline for clubs to designate Franchise or Transition Players
March 8-9 - NFL Regional Combine, Atlanta Falcons Training Facility, Flowery Branch, Georgia March 8-11: Clubs are permitted to contact, and enter into contract negotiations with, the certified agents of players who will become unrestricted free agents upon the expiration of their 2013 player contracts at 4 p.m. ET on March 11. However, a contract cannot be executed with a new club until 4 p.m. on March 11

March 11: New NFL League year, Veteran Free Agency begins

March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must exercise options for 2014 on all players who have option clauses in their 2013 contracts
March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit qualifying offers to their restricted free agents with expiring contracts
March 11: Before 4 p.m. ET, clubs must submit a minimum salary tender to retain exclusive negotiating rights to their players with expiring 2013 contracts and who have fewer than three accrued Seasons of FA credit
March 11: All clubs must be under the 2014 salary cap before 4 p.m. ET
March 11 - Trading period for 2014 begins , New York time, after expiration of all 2013 contracts
March 15 - NFL Regional Combine, Halas Hall, Lake Forest, Illinois
March 22 - NFL Regional Combine, Doctors Hospital Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, Davie, Florida
March 22-23 - NFL Regional Combine, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Washington
March 23-26: NFL Owners Meeting - Orlando, Fla.
March 29 - NFL Regional Combine, Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, Indianapolis, Indiana.
March 29-30 - NFL Regional Combine, Under Armour Performance Center, Owings Mills, Maryland.
April 7 - Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2013 regular season may begin offseason workout programs.
April 12-13 - Super Regional Combine, Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan.
April 21: Clubs with returning head coaches may begin off-season workout programs.
May 2: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets.
May 7: Deadline for prior club to exercise right of first refusal to restricted free agents.

May 8-10: NFL Draft 2014 - New York, Radio City Music Hall
May 8th - First round / May 9th - Rounds 2&3 / May 10th - Rounds 4 thru 7

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