The Cowboys have an interest in DT Jason Hatcher and DE Anthony Spencer returning to the team. However, the pair of free agents have at least seven teams, in addition to the Cowboys, interested in their services. Hatcher is coming off a 2013 season in which he set career highs in sacks (11), solo tackles (34) and tackles for loss (8). When the season ended, Hatcher said he expected to sign a big-money deal as a free agent. Spencer played in just one game because of knee problems, a Week 2 loss at Kansas City where he participated in 34 snaps, getting two tackles and one quarterback hit.
IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas Cowboys saved $1.15 million against the salary cap in 2014 by re-working right guard Mackenzy Bernadeau's contract. According to NFL Players Association figures, Bernadeau will make a $1.1 million base salary in 2014 and will receive a $500,000 roster bonus. He was going to make $2.75 million this season and count more than $4 million against the cap. He will now count $2.924 million against the cap. According to a source, Bernadeau can earn up to $900,000 in play-time incentives over the next two seasons, starting with $400,000 in 2014.
The sudden retirement of running back Rashard Mendenhall brings to mind what might have been with the Dallas Cowboys in the 2008 NFL draft. The Cowboys selected Felix Jones with the 22nd overall pick out of Arkansas. Jones was supposed to be a complement to bruising running back Marion Barber. Mendenhall went next to the Pittsburgh Steelers and there was a thought he was a better running back. Yet, Mendenhall was drafted to become an eventual starter while Jones was selected as a backup.
IRVING, Texas -- Dallas Cowboys punter Chris Jones has signed his exclusive rights tender of $645,000. The move chews up $150,000 of the roughly $2 million worth of salary-cap space. Jones averaged 45 yards per punt in his first full season with the Cowboys. He appeared in two games in 2011 as an injury replacement for Mat McBriar and four games in 2012 before a partially torn anterior cruciate ligament ended his season. Jones had a 39.1-yard net average and had 30 of his 77 punts end up inside the opponents’ 20.