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Cowboys Extra Points: Safety First and Practice Makes Perfect

Extra PointsThe Cowboys trimmed their roster on Saturday to the mandatory 53 players, but after 24 hours several players cleared waivers and eight of the players were signed to the practice squad.

Practice squad players are WR Jesse Holley, OG Travis Bright, QB Rudy Carpenter, TE Scott Chandler, FB Julius Crosslin, DE Marcus Dixon, WR Manuel Johnson, and CB Mike Mickens.

Safety Marvin White was claimed off waivers from Cinncinati. White was drafted in 2007 and has started 13 games in the past two seasons.

In addition, Cowboys draftee safety DeAngelo Smith who didn’t make the final cut, was claimed off the waivers by the Browns on Sunday.

Forbes released a list of their annual rankings among sports teams and the Dallas Cowboys topped the chart.

The Cowboys are worth $1.65 billion, the most of any U.S.-based sports franchise, according to Forbes magazine’s annual rankings. Only Manchester United of the English Premier League is worth more worldwide, $1.87 billion.

The Cowboys lead the rankings for the third straight year and are worth $100 million more than the runner-up Washington Redskins. New England is third at $1.361 billion, followed by the New York Giants ($1.183 billion) and Jets ($1.170 billion).

Now let the haters try to claim the Cowboys aren’t America’s Team!

Around the League

Chargers star Shawne Merriman was arrested Sunday after his girlfriend, Tila Tequila, accused Merriman of choking and retraining her as she was attempting to leave his home. Merriman has been released and the Chargers say they will monitor the situation and let legal process run its course.

The Patriots have traded 5-time Pro Bowler defensive lineman Richard Seymour to the Raiders for their first round pick in 2011.

The New York Giants released veteran WR David Tyree on Saturday. Tyree is best known for the remarkable catch that helped the Giants win Super Bowl XLII over the Patriots two years ago.

Cowboys Pick Up Three Players

Today the Cowboys added three more players to compete for positions.

Defensive End Derreck Robinson, former Dolphin

Tight End Scott Chandler, former Charger

Wide Receiver Mike Jefferson, former Bill

Derreck Robinson was signed by the San Diego Chargers in 2005 as an undrafted free agent. Robinson, 27, has played in 23 NFL games with the Chargers. Robinson played under Wade Phillips in San Diego when he was the defensive coordinator. The defensive end didn’t play last year and the prior year he was on the Miami Dolphins team. 

Scott Chandler was drafted by the San Diego Chargers during the 4th round, pick 129 overall, back in 2007. Chandler is 23, has had a horrible run with injuries. He spent 2008 on in the injured reserve. He was a receiver in college and moved to tight end during the fall of 2004. The Chargers waived Chandler April 27th.

Mike Jefferson was in Dallas last year. The 26-year-old receiver was picked up as an undrafted free agent in 2007 and was later released in 2008 just before the season began when the Cowboys reduced the roster to the final 53. He cleared waivers and was signed to the practice squad the next day. At the end of October the Cowboys released him from the practice squad. He was picked up by the Bills in January this year, but later waived on May 21st.

In total the Cowboys now have 83 players on their roster. The Cowboys have two more weeks of organized team activities and a mandatory mini-camp in mid-June. Training camp begins in San Antonio on July 29th.