Dallas Cowboys

Stadium: AT&T Stadium | Coach: Jason Garrett
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense5th149.8 (2nd)226.9 (23rd)
Defense14th83.5 (1st)260.4 (26th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
76Ash, Richard NT6-33338/4/19921Western Michigan
5Bailey, Dan K6-01951/26/19887Oklahoma State
11Beasley, Cole WR5-81804/26/19896Southern Methodist
 Bell, Byron T6-53401/17/19897New Mexico
 Blanton, Robert DB6-12009/7/19896Notre Dame
30Brown, Anthony CB5-1119212/15/19932Purdue
88Bryant, Dez WR6-222011/4/19888Oklahoma State
19Butler, Brice (FA) WR6-32151/29/19905San Diego State
 Carroll, Nolan DB6-12051/18/19878Maryland
 Cleary, Emmett T6-73244/27/19903Boston College
96Collins, Maliek DT6-23114/8/19952Nebraska
71Collins, La'el G6-43217/26/19933Louisiana State
64Cooper, Jonathan G6-23101/19/19905North Carolina
98Crawford, Tyrone DE6-428511/22/19896Boise State
 DeBord, Clay T6-63055/13/19921Eastern Washington
25Dunbar, Lance (FA) RB5-81951/25/19905North Texas
56Durant, Justin (FA) LB6-12309/21/198511Hampton
 Edwards, Kadeem G6-43051/24/19912Tennessee State
21Elliott, Ezekiel RB6-02257/22/19952Ohio State
 Evans, Shaq WR6-12103/7/19913UCLA
35Frazier, Kavon SS6-02178/11/19942Central Michigan
72Frederick, Travis C6-43183/18/19915Wisconsin
52Gachkar, Andrew (FA) OLB6-222411/4/19887Missouri
80Gathers, Rico TE6-62811/7/19941Baylor
 George, Jeremiah LB5-112341/24/19923Iowa State
79Green, Chaz T6-53004/8/19923Florida
94Gregory, Randy DE6-525511/23/19922Nebraska
 Hamlett, Connor TE6-72594/12/19921Oregon State
84Hanna, James TE6-42607/14/19896Oklahoma
38Heath, Jeff SS6-12125/14/19915Saginaw Valley State
59Hitchens, Anthony MLB6-02356/10/19924Iowa
95Irving, David DT6-72738/18/19933Iowa State
 Irwin-Hill, Sam P6-2203//RArkansas
81Jones, Andy WR6-12226/28/19941Jacksonville
 Jones, Lenny DE6-32698/8/19911Nevada
6Jones, Chris P6-02057/21/19896Carson-Newman
31Jones, Byron FS6-01999/26/19923Connecticut
91LaDouceur, L.P. LS6-52563/13/198113California
90Lawrence, Demarcus DE6-32704/28/19924Boise State
50Lee, Sean OLB6-22387/22/19868Penn State
73Looney, Joe G6-33158/31/19905Wake Forest
 Lotulelei, John LB5-1123512/4/19913Nevada-Las Vegas
70Martin, Zack G6-431011/20/19904Notre Dame
93Mayowa, Benson DE6-32408/3/19915Idaho
55McClain, Rolando (FA) MLB6-42557/14/19896Alabama
20McFadden, Darren RB6-12208/27/19879Arkansas
23McFadden, Leon DB5-1019010/26/19904San Diego State
 McKinnon, Jeremiah DB5-111926/29/19931Florida International
17Moore, Kellen QB6-02007/12/19896Boise State
 Moore, Damontre DE6-52509/11/19925Texas A&M
46Morris, Alfred RB5-1022412/12/19886Florida Atlantic
46Morris, James LB6-124511/20/19914Iowa
 Nwachukwu, Uzoma WR5-1119812/15/19901Texas A&M
53Nzeocha, Mark OLB6-32391/19/19903Wyoming
 Paea, Stephen DT6-13005/11/19887Oregon State
4Prescott, Dak QB6-22267/29/19932Mississippi State
32Scandrick, Orlando CB5-101962/10/198710Boise State
 Seamster, Sammy DB6-02052/5/19912Middle Tennessee State
7Showers, Jameill QB6-22309/6/19911Texas-El Paso
54Smith, Jaylon OLB6-22406/14/19951Notre Dame
77Smith, Tyron T6-532012/12/19907USC
41Smith, Keith FB6-02324/8/19924San Jose State
 Smith, Rod RB6-32311/10/19923Ohio State
87Swaim, Geoff TE6-42609/16/19933Texas
99Tapper, Charles DE6-22715/7/19932Oklahoma
26Thomas, Josh (FA) DB5-111965/3/19897Buffalo
 Thomas, Duke DB5-111785/21/19941Texas
92Thornton, Cedric DT6-43096/21/19886Southern Arkansas
13Whitehead, Lucky WR5-91806/2/19923Florida Atlantic
51Wilber, Kyle OLB6-42454/26/19896Wake Forest
83Williams, Terrance WR6-22109/18/19895Baylor
57Wilson, Damien OLB6-12435/28/19933Minnesota
82Witten, Jason TE6-62635/6/198215Tennessee
 Wood, Zach LS6-32621/10/1993RSouthern Methodist
Injured Players
52Harris, Jerrell (IR) LB6-32427/8/19891Alabama
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Dallas6-4315.06-3280.525.72136
 
 
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Position Listing
Andy Jones
News
Jones signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Tuesday.

Jones spent his rookie year on the Cowboys' practice squad after an impressive showing in camp as an undrafted rookie. He'll fight for a spot near the bottom of Dallas' receiver depth chart once again in 2017.

Jaylon Smith
News
Smith's (knee) nerves in his knee are starting to regenerate and he's increasing his muscle control in his injured knee, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

It was announced Friday that Smith was on track to participate in OTAs and training camp before making his NFL debut in 2017, and it's now clearer how far he has progressed in rehab. He reportedly can lift his toes and foot on his own for the first time since suffering the injury. He has a long way to go in recovery but it looks increasingly likely that he'll eventually make a full recovery.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Clay DeBord
No Updates
James Hanna
News
Hanna's (knee) timeline for return is unclear, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Hanna ended the 2016 season on injured reserve after requiring a second surgery in November to repair a knee injury he sustained last summer. He still has roughly two months until offseason workouts begin, but there is no indication he'll be ready to take the field by then. When healthy, Hanna could be in line to compete with Geoff Swaim for the No. 2 tight end role in 2017 with Gavin Escober set to hit free agency.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Darren McFadden
News
McFadden only received an $80,000 signing bonus on his one-year contract with the Cowboys, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

McFadden signed a veteran's minimum benefit contract, which means part of his $900,000 base salary will not count against the Cowboys' cap, though he'll still receive the money if he's with the team. While the cap benefit works in his favor, it's still quite telling that he settled for a contract with only $80,000 guaranteed, suggesting his value plummeted in the wake of a season that was mostly lost to a broken elbow. McFadden could still have a shot at the top backup job, as Alfred Morris has a larger contract and less versatility. Of the two, Morris is probably the one who would find his roster spot in jeopardy if the Cowboys were to select a running back or two in the upcoming draft.

Maliek Collins
News
Collins recorded three tackles, including his first two NFL sacks, in Sunday's 35-10 rout of the Browns.

The Cowboys' defensive line lacks star power but has been effective lately in getting to the opposition QB, and it was Collins' turn to shine Sunday. The rookie has just 12 tackles in eight games though, so this performance isn't likely to push him into IDP prominence.

Josh Thomas
News
Thomas (thumb) was assigned to the Cowboys' non-football injury list Tuesday per the NFL's official transaction report.

Thomas was moved from injured reserve to the NFI list as he continues to nurse a thumb injury that has sidelined him all season.

Ezekiel Elliott
News
Elliott ran 22 times for 125 yards and caught his only target for a two-yard loss in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Packers.

Getting his first taste of postseason action, Elliott gashed the Packers defense for 5.7 yards per carry while recording a modest long gain of 22 yards. The opposition stiffened at times, but the Cowboys remained interested in running the ball and Elliott had a very impactful game, although his team came up just short in the end. After leading the NFL in rushing, scoring 15 touchdowns and earning a Pro-Bowl appearance in his rookie campaign, the young running back's arrow is pointing straight up heading into 2017.

Lucky Whitehead
News
Whitehead ended the regular season with 589 return yards, but just 13 touches on offense in 15 games.

Other than the occasional jet sweep, Whitehead's involvement on offense remained low during his second NFL season, but with Cole Beasley seeing more work as the Cowboys' slot receiver, Whitehead added primary punt return duties to his portfolio in addition to returning kickoffs. With Terrance Williams potentially not coming back in 2017 there could be more snaps and targets available for Whitehead next season, but as yet he hasn't convinced the coaching staff he can be a reliable receiving option.

Travis Frederick
News
Frederick has agreed to restructured contract with the Cowboys, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Frederick and fellow lineman Tyron Smith's restructured deals will reportedly open over $17 million worth of cap space for the Cowboys heading into the new league year. Named to the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons, Frederick signed a six-year, $56.4 million extension with Dallas last August.

Tyron Smith
News
Cowboys left tackle Tyron Smith restructured his contract Monday, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The move created an additional $8.16 million in salary cap space for the Cowboys. The team converted $10.2 million of his $11.039 million base salary in 2015 into a signing bonus.

The 24-year-old left tackle is entering his fifth season with the Cowboys after being selected in the first round of the 2011 draft. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and was named First-team All-Pro in 2014. 

Leon McFadden
News
McFadden has been signed to the Cowboys' active roster, Rob Phillips of the Cowboys' official site reports.

McFadden fills an empty spot on the Cowboys' roster that has been there since running back Rod Smith. He will provide depth in the Cowboys' secondary.

Robert Blanton
News
Blanton signed a contract with the Cowboys on Thursday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

Blanton played for the Bills last season, accumulating 35 combined tackles in 10 games. He was on the field for 25 percent of Buffalo's defensive snaps and 35 percent of its special teams snaps, and will likely fill a reserve role for the Cowboys going forward behind starting free safety Byron Jones.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Terrance Williams
News
The Cowboys re-signed Williams to a four-year contract Friday, Adam Caplan of ESPN reports.

After reeling off at least 16 YPC and 600 yards in each of his first three seasons, Williams fell off the pace with Dak Prescott under center, finishing with 13.5 YPC and 594 yards in 2016. In the latter realm, Cole Beasley, Dez Bryant, and Jason Witten surpassed him, but each of the trio received 95-to-98 targets, while Williams settled for 61. The Cowboys will trot out the same receiving corps in 2017, so an uptick in volume cannot be expected. On a positive note, Williams hasn't missed a game in his career, which cannot be said for Bryant (10 DNPs over the last two campaigns).

Alfred Morris
News
It isn't clear how Morris fits in with the Cowboys for this upcoming season, The Dallas Morning News reports.

Morris was a healthy scratch for Weeks 15 and 16 last season, then again in a playoff loss to Green Bay. He didn't have a role after the return of Darren McFadden, who re-signed with the Cowboys this offseason. Dallas did lose Lance Dunbar in free agency, but he got most of his playing time on obvious passing downs, which means his absence shouldn't really impact Morris. It's possible the team will release Morris in favor of a draft pick or another veteran, but even if he does stick around, the former Redskin likely will be looking at a minor role. He has one season remaining on a two-year contract.

Kadeem Edwards
News
The Buccaneers placed rookie guard Kadeem Edwards on injured reserve with a foot injury, the team announced.
Andrew Gachkar
News
Gachkar (neck) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Gachkar was a full participant in practice all week, so his questionable status heading into Sunday's game was likely precautionary. Look for him to take up his regular position as the starting strong-side linebacker in the Cowboy's defense.

Kyle Wilber
News
Wilber (neck) will play Sunday against the Eagles, Kate Hairopoulos of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Wilber sustained a neck injury in Week 5, but has since used the Cowboys' Week 7 bye to heal. Considering he was able to practice without limitation this week, it appears he was able to recover in full.

Lance Dunbar
News
Rams head coach Sean McVay envisions Dunbar in a role that aligns with how the running back views himself, ESPN.com reports. "He had me going," Dunbar said. "He had me ready to play."

Dunbar's one-year contract is worth up to $3 million, suggesting the Rams expect him to be an important part of the offense in a complementary role to early-down workhorse Todd Gurley. McVay mentioned Washington's Chris Thompson when explaining the role he envisions for Dunbar, who displayed impressive pass-catching chops during his time in Dallas. It seems as if Dunbar has a clear path to the No. 2 running back job, though the Rams likely would utilize a committee if Gurley were to suffer an injury.

David Irving
News
Irving signed his exclusive-rights contract tender with the Cowboys on Wednesday, Drew Boylhart of TheHuddleReport.com reports.

Irving was tendered last month and Wednesday's signing makes it official that he will return to Dallas for the 2017 season. He is a versatile player who showed the ability to play both tackle and end last season and should assume a prominent role along the Cowboys' defensive line.

Charles Tapper
News
Tapper (back) is expected to return to practice when the Cowboy's begin OTAs in May, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Tapper didn't play in 2016 after being selected in the fourth round of last year's draft. The back injury he suffered last summer appears to be a thing of the past and shouldn't limit him in offseason activities much longer.

Injury
Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Richard Ash
News
Ash signed a contract with the Cowboys on Wednesday, John Oehser of Jaguars.com reports.

Ash had been a member of the Jaguars' practice squad after appearing in one game for Jacksonville before being released in November. He'll function as defensive line depth for the Cowboys, but isn't expected to play a major role in Week 17.

Jerrell Harris
News
The Lions have parted ways with tight end Kellen Davis on Tuesday, according to the Detroit Free-Press. The team promoted linebacker Jerrell Harris and guard Rodney Austin from the practice squad.
Injury
Uzoma Nwachukwu
News
Nwachukwu signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Tuesday, Rob Phillips of the team's official site reports.

Nwachukwu heads to Dallas after spending the last preseason with the Seahawks. The wideout was cut just before the beginning of the regular season and spent the year as a free agent. He has also spent time with the Houston Texans.

Lenny Jones
No Updates
Dan Bailey
News
Bailey connected on both his field goal attempts and his only PAT in a 27-13 loss to the Eagles in Week 17.

He finishes the regular season with 27 made field goals on 32 attempts and a perfect 46-for-46 mark on PATs, giving Bailey more than 120 points for the fifth time in six seasons. The five misses are actually his most since he was a rookie, but with the Cowboys' offense looking like it will be a force in 2017 and beyond thanks to Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliott and a fantastic offensive line, Bailey should remain a rock-steady fantasy option at kicker.

Damien Wilson
News
Wilson (eye) was activated off of the Cowboys' NFI list and participated in Monday's practice, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports

Dallas' fourth-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, Wilson was hit in the eye while playing paintball in late July, but no long-term impairments are expected to manifest. Nonetheless, Wilson earned glowing reports from the Cowboys' coaching staff throughout the team's offseason program and appears headed for a backup role in 2016 behind the likes of Sean Lee and Kyle Wilber.

Emmett Cleary
News
The Bengals placed tight end Alex Smith (biceps) on injured reserve, released tight end Ryan Otten and signed offensive lineman Emmett Cleary to the practice squad.
Kellen Moore
News
Moore re-signed with the Cowboys on Monday.

Moore returns to Dallas after spending all of last season on injured reserve due to a broken leg suffered in August. Now fully recovered from that fracture, Moore is currently positioned as the Cowboys' No. 3 quarterback, but with Tony Romo sure to leave the team at some juncture, Moore could compete for Dallas' second-string job behind Dak Prescott during training camp.

John Lotulelei
News
The Jaguars have signed wide receiver Kenny Shaw, defensive tackle David Carter and linebacker Josh Hull while waiving/injured defensive tackle Jordan Miller, linebacker John Lotulelei and wide receiver Damian Copeland.
Cedric Thornton
News
Thornton underwent shoulder surgery earlier this week, Brandon George of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Thornton had been battling an ankle injury during the playoffs but it looks he's now dealing with some shoulder problems. While there is some cause for concern, the Cowboys remain confident that Thornton will be just fine moving forward. In his first season with Dallas, the 28-year-old recorded 22 tackles across 13 games.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Dez Bryant
News
Bryant caught nine of 12 targets for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Packers.

After a slow start, Bryant broke out with a 40-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter and scored again on a leaping seven-yard play in the fourth that completed the Cowboys' comeback. Unfortunately the Packers were able to pull out the victory, but Bryant got the postseason monkey off his back, as the two touchdowns were the first of his playoff career, and he led the team in targets, catches and yards as well. He displayed a growing rapport with Dak Prescott throughout the season and could return to the upper echelon of NFL wideouts next year if he can remain healthy.

Chaz Green
News
Green (back) was officially placed on IR by the Cowboys on Saturday, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports.

The 24-year-old tackle has not played since Week 4, and it was recently announced that he is set to undergo season-ending back surgery. Emmett Cleary is slated to continue filling in at tackle with Green out.

Injury
Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jameill Showers
News
Showers signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Monday.

Showers signed with Dallas' practice squad as a quarterback in early September but was then converted to safety. With a full offseason working in the secondary he may be able to secure a role as a depth safety and special teams player in 2017.

Benson Mayowa
News
Mayowa recorded 25 tackles and led the Cowboys with six sacks in 2016, including four in his final five games.

Signed away from the Raiders last offseason, Mayowa didn't show much early in the year, but emerged as a legitimate pass-rushing threat down the stretch. With Randy Gregory now suspended for the entire 2017 campaign, Dallas will be looking for Mayowa to take on a bigger role next year, and he could challenge the double-digit mark in sacks.

Rico Gathers
News
Gathers thinks he's ready to be a regular part of the Cowboys' roster in 2017, Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram reports. "Honestly, I feel like this year I'm ready to be on the 53-man, ready to score some touchdowns, ready to go make some plays," the tight end said Saturday.

Drafted in the sixth round last year as a highly athletic former basketball player attempting to make the conversion to football, Gathers spent the entire campaign on the Cowboys' practice squad. He should get plenty of reps during the team's voluntary offseason program, which begins Monday, following the departure of Gavin Escobar via free agency and Geoff Swaim's recent foot surgery, but it remains to be seen whether Gathers' skills have caught up to his physical tools. Even if he has made significant progress, though, Dallas could yet add more competition to the depth chart in the draft, as this year's class of prospects is considered very deep at tight end.

Keith Smith
News
Cowboys quarterback Dustin Vaughan, linebacker Keith Smith, linebacker James Anderson, tackle Doug Free, tackle Donald Hawkins, defensive end Kenneth Boatright and defensive tackle Terrell McClain were ruled inactive for Sunday's divisional playoff game at Green Bay.
Sam Irwin-Hill
No Updates
James Morris
News
Morris (undisclosed) was placed on the Cowboys' injured reserve list on Tuesday.

The specifics of his injury are still vague. Whatever it may be, though, does not appear to overly serious and Morris should be set to return in 2017.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Brice Butler
News
Butler signed a contract with the Cowboys on Wednesday.

Butler spent the last two seasons with Dallas, finishing 2016 with 16 receptions for 219 yards and a career-high three touchdowns in 16 games. He was the team's fourth option at wideout last season, but with Terrance Williams likely headed elsewhere in free agency, Butler could find himself starting opposite Dez Bryant in 2017 if the Cowboys don't bring in reinforcements at WR.

Zach Wood
No Updates
Jonathan Cooper
News
Cooper signed a one-year contract extension with the Cowboys on Tuesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Cooper signed on with the Cowboys during the playoffs after he was let go by the Browns at the end of the regular season. With veteran tackle Doug Free set to retire, Cooper could be in the running for a starting position on the offensive line for the upcoming season.

Duke Thomas
News
Thomas signed a reserve/future contract with the Cowboys on Monday.

An undisclosed injury ended Thomas' rookie campaign, and he'll be looking to stay healthy and make a roster in his second season. His ability to make the Cowboys' roster may come down to if he's able to contribute on special teams as well as provide depth at cornerback.

Randy Gregory
News
Gregory has been been suspended for at least one year for violating the NFL's Policy for Substances of Abuse, the Cowboys' official site reports.

Gregory missed the first 14 games of this season due to his first two violations of the policy, and a third will wipe away the entire 2017 campaign. Although he flashed the talent that made him a second-round pick in 2015 during the Cowboys' last two contests, he'll have to wait until 2018, at the very least, before his pass-rushing chops will be felt again.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until January 2018
Orlando Scandrick
News
Scandrick (foot) is active for Sunday's matchup with Tampa Bay, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Scandrick didn't miss any practice time due to his foot injury this week and shouldn't be at all limited on Sunday night.

La'el Collins
News
La'El Collins could replace Ronald Leary at left guard for the Cowboys in Week 7, per ESPN Dallas.

The team has already announced it's switching quarterbacks during their bye week, and are apparently considering other major changes to the offense as well as they prepare to face the Giants next weekend. Collins played well earlier in the year while Leary was injured, and while the move won't solve all the problems on an underachieving offensive line, it could help inject some life into the sputtering running game.

Demarcus Lawrence
News
Lawrence recently underwent surgery to repair his back, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Lawrence has now had an operation on his back in consecutive offseasons. While that's hardly ideal for a 24-year-old that's missed 16 games since entering the league in 2014, Lawrence's latest procedure went well, according to coach Jason Garrett. Nonetheless, there currently isn't a timetable for Lawrence's return, so expect his rehab progress to be updated over the coming months.

Injury
Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jeremiah McKinnon
News
McKinnon (undisclosed) was released from the Cowboys' injured reserve list Thursday after reaching an injury settlement with the team, Brandon George of the Dallas Morning News reports.

When healthy, McKinnon will be able to sign with another team.

Shaq Evans
News
Evans (suspension) was waived by the Cowboys on Thursday, Nick Eatman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Evans was handed a four-game suspension on Friday for violating the league's substance-abuse policy, and the Cowboys wasted no time getting rid of him. The third-year player has yet to play in a professional game, and will look to fight for an opportunity with another NFL club come training camp.

Injury
Suspension - Out for the start of training camp
Cole Beasley
News
Beasley caught three of four targets for a team-high 49 yards in a 27-13 loss to the Eagles in Week 17.

He heads into the playoffs having set new career highs in catches (75), targets (98) and yards (833), as Beasley quickly established a rapport with quarterback Dak Prescott and became the Cowboys' most dependable possession receiver. That role makes him far more valuable in PPR formats than in leagues with standard scoring, but with Terrance Williams' future in Dallas uncertain, Beasley could see even more passes head his way in 2017.

Damontre Moore
News
Moore signed a one-year deal with the Cowboys on Friday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports. Financial terms were not disclosed.

The 2013 third round pick has played for three teams in four years with only 10 career sacks to his name, but Moore will provide some depth at defensive end for a Cowboys squad that will probably look for more pass rushing help in the draft.

Justin Durant
News
Durant (elbow) is listed as active for Sunday's playoff game against the Packers, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Durant's return will fortify the Cowboys' depth at linebacker, but with 37 tackles and a sack in 13 regular season games, his impact as a fantasy IDP in 2016 was modest.

Jason Witten
News
The Cowboys signed Witten to a four-year extension that runs through 2021, ESPN's Todd Archer reports.

Witten will celebrate his 35th birthday in May as he prepares for his 15th NFL season. While it can safely be assumed the final few years of his extension don't contain any guaranteed money, the deal still suggests he'll consider playing beyond 2017. Witten is coming off a 2016 campaign in which he fell shy of 700 receiving yards for the first time since his rookie season, catching 69 of 95 targets for 673 yards and three touchdowns. His decreased production was partially a result of the Cowboys' run-heavy offense, but he should be able to handle an every-down role for at least another year or two. It's possible the offense could open up a bit in Dak Prescott's sophomore campaign.

Geoff Swaim
News
Swaim underwent surgery on his foot and is likely out until training camp, Todd Archer of ESPN reports.

Swaim had a screw inserted into his foot because of an injury suffered during informal workouts. He will likely be held out until the Cowboys head for training camp in July. Swaim is mostly a blocking tight end for Dallas, as he caught a mere six passes for 69 yards during the 206 season.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Dak Prescott
News
Prescott expects his second NFL season to be a challenge, The Dallas Morning News reports. "Anytime that you've had the success that I had in one year, that being my first year, I expect things to get harder," Prescott said. "I wouldn't want it any other way. The defenses have had more looks at me, so they're going to throw things at me. I'm ready for all of it. I'm excited for the challenge."

While he isn't necessarily wrong that NFL defenses will have a better idea of how to defend him, Prescott should benefit from taking regular first-team reps throughout the offseason program and into training camp ahead of his second professional campaign. He'll still be playing behind an elite offensive line, with Ezekiel Elliott, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten giving opposing defenses plenty to worry about. The Prescott-to-Bryant connection could take a big step forward, as the Cowboys' No. 1 receiver was limited by knee and back injuries last season, missing three games and playing at far less than 100 percent strength in at least a few others. Bryant and Prescott both finished the season on high notes from a statistical standpoint, with the former accounting for two of the latter's three touchdown passes in a 34-31 playoff loss to the Packers.

Stephen Paea
News
Paea signed with the Cowboys on Friday, Rob Phillips of DallasCowboys.com reports. Terms were not disclosed.

He has experience with Rod Marinelli's defensive scheme from their time together in Chicago, and Paea will take Terrell McClain's spot in the Dallas defensive line rotation. The 28-year-old recorded 12 tackles and a half-sack in 13 games for the Browns in 2016.

Tyrone Crawford
News
Crawford (shoulder) is confident he can bounce back from shoulder surgery in 2017, the Star-Telegram reports.

Crawford, who underwent a procedure on his left shoulder in January, required surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his right arm after the 2015 season and came back in 2016 showing no signs of injury. Now having been through the rehab process for shoulder surgery before, the Boise State product is confident he will return in 2017 without an issue. He's less certain where he'll be lining up, however, considering the recent departure of Terrell McClain opens up the door for him to move back inside to defensive tackle.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Mark Nzeocha
News
Nzeocha (achilles) is active for Sunday's game against the Bengals.

Nzeocha has been dealing with an achilles injury since the preseason, but will finally suit up in Week 5 against the Bengals. He will provide depth at middle linebacker behind starter Anthony Hitchens.

Anthony Brown
News
Brown (concussion) is active Sunday against the Eagles, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Brown was only a limited participant in Friday's practice, but he'll be available nonetheless as he looks to play in his 14th consecutive game Sunday.

Jeff Heath
News
Heath is expected to compete in camp this year for the starting strong safety spot, Drew Davison of the Star-Telegram reports. "Every time we've given him a chance to play on defense, he does something really good for our football team," Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett said Monday. "Makes tackles. Makes interceptions. He's just demonstrated that he's worthy to be in this conversation about competing for that starting safety spot."

The Cowboys have a lot of snaps to replace in their secondary after losing four defensive backs in free agency, including safeties Barry Church and J.J. Wilcox, and all signs point to Heath taking on a much larger role in his fifth NFL season. Whether he's a Week 1 starter next to Byron Jones could depend on whether the team uses an early pick this weekend on a safety, but at the moment his only real competition on the roster comes from second-year player Kavon Frazier and former Viking Robert Blanton.

Joe Looney
News
The 49ers have listed the following players as inactive for Saturday's Week 16 matchup against the Chargers: running back Carlos Hyde (ankle), wide receiver Steve Johnson (knee), cornerback Tramaine Brock (hamstring), linebacker Ahmad Brooks (thumb), quarterback Josh Johnson and guards Andrew Tiller and Joe Looney.

Hyde, Johnson and Brock were all ruled out for Saturday's game on the team's final report, but Brooks joins them on the inactive list after being deemed questionable. The team will have running back Frank Gore and wide receiver Michael Crabtree active for the game.

The 49ers are a 1-point favorite for the Saturday night showdown with the Chargers.

Rod Smith
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Smith signed a futures contract with the Cowboys on Monday, ESPN reports.

Smith converted to a fullback role ahead of the 2016 campaign but never made it through the entire season in Dallas. He appears set to square off with Keith Smith for what will likely be one roster spot in the offseason.

Jeremiah George
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The Jaguars have ruled out defensive end Andre Branch (groin) and linebacker Khairi Fortt (hamstring) for Sunday's game against the Texans.

Linebacker LaRoy Reynolds (neck) and wide receiver Tommy Streeter (abdominal strain) were both deemed as questionable, despite practicing Friday.

Meanwhile, quarterback Blake Bortles (right shoulder, left ankle), defensive end Chris Clemons (knee), safety Josh Evans (foot), linebacker Jeremiah George (ankle), running back Toby Gerhart (shoulder) and defensive tackle Sen'Derrick Marks (foot) were ruled out Week 14.

Connor Hamlett
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Hamlett signed a reserve/future contract with Dallas on Monday.

Hamlett played in three games for the Browns as an undrafted rookie in 2016, finishing the season with one catch for 17 yards and a touchdown. He'll look to secure a spot at tight end with the Cowboys in 2017 behind Jason Witten and Gavin Escobar.

Sean Lee
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Lee had his contract restructured Tuesday, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Lee's new contract will give the Cowboys a little more than $5 million in additional cap space, bringing their total close to $9 million. Similar moves have been made with Tyron Smith and Travis Frederick as the Cowboys will use the extra cap space to attempt to re-sign some of their 18 unrestricted free agents. Lee is coming off his best season yet, as he recorded a career-high 145 tackles in 15 games.

Chris Jones
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The Cowboys agreed to a contract extension with punter Chris Jones on Tuesday, the team announced.

The deal will keep Jones under contract with the Cowboys through the 2017 season. He recently signed his tender offer of $1.54 million.

Nolan Carroll
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Carroll signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Cowboys on Friday, David Helman of DallasCowboys.com reports.

He fills a big hole for Dallas with both Brandon Carr and Mo Claiborne free agents, and Carroll should be a Week 1 starter this season. The 30-year-old had 55 tackles, 11 passes defended and an INT in 16 games for the Eagles last year.

Sammy Seamster
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The Dolphins placed defensive back Sammy Seamster on injured reserve Monday due to a shoulder injury, the Miami Herald reports. 
Zack Martin
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The Cowboys picked up the fifth-year option on Martin's rookie contract, Jon Machota of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Selected 16th overall in the 2014 draft, Martin immediately became one of the top guards in the league. It was a simple decision for the Cowboys to pick up his $9.3 million option, as he's started all 48 possible games through three seasons while playing at an elite level. The team will look to sign him to a long-term extension either this offseason or next.

Rolando McClain
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McClain is suspended indefinitely for violating the league's substance abuse policy, NFL.com reports.

McClain satisfied his previous 10-game suspension at the conclusion of Week 11, but is now facing further discipline due to a missed drug test. The Cowboys reportedly don't expect McClain to play another snap in the NFL.

Injury
Suspension - Suspended indefinitely
Byron Bell
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Bell (ankle) signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys on Friday, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Bell last played in 2015 when he started 16 games for the Titans. He's a versatile offensive lineman who has lined up at left guard and both tackle positions at the professional level and is expected to compete with Chaz Green for the Cowboys' starting right tackle job this summer in the wake of Doug Free's retirement.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Anthony Hitchens
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Hitchens was limited in practice Thursday after suffering a knee bruise on Wednesday. The linebacker said he'll be ready to play Sunday, Kate Hairopoulos of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Seems as if the middle linebacker is dealing with a minor setback and doesn't expect to be held out for any extended period of time. Look for his participation in Friday's practice to help determine his status for Sunday's tilt with the Cowboys. If he is ultimately ruled out, expect Mark Nzeocha to get the spot start.

Kavon Frazier
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Frazier underwent surgery on his foot but should be ready for team workouts later in the offseason, Todd Archer of ESPN.com reports.

Frazier had a stress reaction on his foot throughout the season, but he underwent surgery before the injury developed into a fracture. The second-year safety only played in nine games last season, mostly on special teams, but he'll look to take on a larger role in the coming year.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
L.P. LaDouceur
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The Dallas Morning News reports Cowboys tendered contracts to six exclusive rights free agents, including Patrick Crayton. Terrance Copper, Willie Pile, and Jacques Reeves have been tendered contracts worth $385,000. Lousaka Polite and L.P. Ladouceur were tendered at $310,000.
Byron Jones
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Jones was credited with a career-high 88 tackles and 10 passes defended in 16 games this season, as well as his first interception.

The Cowboys left Jones at safety this year rather than bouncing him around the secondary, and after a bit of a slow start his production exploded in the second half -- Jones racked up 62 tackles in his final eight games. Given his elite athleticism, there's no reason to suspect that's a fluke, so he could become a breakout IDP start in 2017.

 

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