OXNARD, Calif. – The Dallas Cowboys acquired three additional first-round picks this offseason, giving up a grand total of a conditional sixth-rounder to do it. Of course, those first-round picks were all used years ago and arrived at Valley Ranch with some warts. There are reasons that the 10th overall pick in the 2007 draft, eighth overall pick in the 2010 draft and 22nd overall pick in the 2012 draft were willing to sign deals with the Cowboys that featured six-figure salaries and little or no guaranteed money.
OXNARD, Calif. – Before their first training camp practice, the Dallas Cowboys placed defensive end Anthony Spencer and left guard Ronald Leary on the physically unable to perform list and defensive tackle Amobi Okoye on the non-football illness list. The moves will not give the Cowboys roster spots, but in Spencer’s case it sets up the possibility of placing him on the reserve/PUP list later in the summer, which would keep him out of the first six regular-season games.
OXNARD, Calif. -- Dallas Cowboys coach Jason Garrett likes to tell his players there is inspiration all around them. For Garrett, one such inspiration was a telephone conversation this offseason with tennis great Billie Jean King. "It was an amazing conversation," Garrett said. "I can remember being a kid seeing her play and obviously being at the top of her field. She was No. 1 in the world for a number of years. I think she won 32 grand slams, 14 singles, 18 doubles.
OXNARD, Calif. -- There are three good reasons why twice-retired, thrice-arrested linebacker Rolando McClain was worth the risk for the Dallas Cowboys. First, as owner/general manager Jerry Jones frankly said, the Cowboys had a major need at middle linebacker after Sean Lee's season-ending knee injury suffered on the first day of organized team activities in May. Second, the Cowboys didn’t give up much in the deal with the Baltimore Ravens, who won’t receive any compensation if McClain doesn’t make the Dallas roster.