Finally, I’m here to report actual football news from Cowboys training camp. It has been a crazy week since the players and owners agreed on a new CBA. So many players have been released around the league. Free Agency has not disappointed as players have been changing teams quickly. Add in some trades and those with Twitter accounts know how much it’s been on fire with updates this week.
Onto the Cowboys as they got into the news early with the release of some popular players. Since the Cowboys were above the cap they needed to make some business moves by releasing Marion Barber, Roy Williams, Leonard Davis and Marc Colombo. Then yesterday it was reported that the Redskins signed free agent Stephen Bowen away from the Cowboys, and it may not end there as reports are saying that free agent Jason Hatcher has plans to visit the Broncos on Friday. The bad news with all the players that have been released by the Cowboys means that they will have over $20 million of dead money against the cap in 2012.
The Cowboys took care of their number one priority as they signed left tackle Doug Free to a new four year contract. They have also come to terms with left guard Kyle Kosier on a new contract.
The Cowboys have completed signing all of their 2011 draft picks as of early Friday morning. The last two signing were running back DeMarco Murray and linebacker Bruce Carter.
News from the Cowboys first training camp practice from DallasNews.com
Akwasi Owusu-Ansah was helped off the field at the end of practice after he fell to the ground while defending a pass against Martellus Bennett. He was seen walking to the locker room after practice and it was thought he just suffering from cramps. Let’s hope so.
Rookie first round pick offensive tackle Tyron Smith was taken to school by DeMarcus Ware during practice as he was beaten many times by Ware and also had two false start penalties. Ware plans to help Smith as much as he can while also learning Rob Ryan’s new defense. What better way to learn the ropes than from the best pass rusher in the league.
Tony Romo showed great accuracy and his passes were sharp as he showed no effects from his broken collarbone suffered in 2010.
New starting wide Receiver Dez Bryant also coming back from an injury that ended his 2010 season showed why he is now a starter as he caught every pass thrown his way and also showed off his speed and athleticism. Miles Austin had a nice practice as well and ended the day with a catch on deep pass down the right sideline.
Undrafted free agent kicker Dan Bailey from Oklahoma St. who was the nations best kicker in 2010, was very impressive in his first practice with the Cowboys. He made all five of his field goal attempts. While David Buehler missed on a 35 yard attempt. This could be an interesting competition to watch as training camp moves on into the preseason.
As far as what free agents the Cowboys might be considering? News reports are that they are interested in defensive end Cullen Jenkins from the Packers and safety Abram Elam from the Browns. It was also reported this morning by Adam Schefter of ESPN that the Cowboys could still be in the running for cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha.
It’s nice to finally report some real news about the Cowboys. Welcome back Cowboys. Oh, how we have missed you!