Cowboys Face Tough Free-Agent Decisions in Addition to Bryant, Murray

Bleacher Report   1/28/15 8:03 AM

IRVING, Texas -- It's well documented that the biggest decisions the Dallas oys have to make in the offseason surround signing receiver /span> Bryant and running back rco Murray to contract extensions.

That's been cited and recited ad nauseam by anyone close to the Cowboys.

But while Bryant and Murray are the biggest decisions, they are not the only free-agent decisions facing the Cowboys this spring that could impact their success in 2015.

Offensively, the biggest tug of war could be at right tackle, where both Doug Free and pseudo backup Jermey Parnell are unrestricted free agents.

Free played in 11 games, missing five because of ankle and foot injuries. Parnell started five regular-season games and two playoff games in place of Free without a hitch.

At first blush, it would seem the Cowboys would lean in Parnell's direction because he is younger (28) and healthier than Free (31).

But those are also factors that could make Parnell a more attractive prospect in free...

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Why Dez Bryant Is the Most Important Piece the Dallas Cowboys Need to Bring Back

Bleacher Report   1/27/15 9:45 PM

While the as Cowboys have quite a few tough decisions to make this offseason, one decision Jerry Jones shouldn't even flinch about is whether or not to bring back /span> Bryant. Bryant is one of the most important men in Dallas these days, and there's no way the team will let Tony Romo's favorite target walk.

After the Cowboys fell just short of the 2014 NFC Championship Game, the focus quickly shifted from frustration over whether or not Bryant made a huge catch against the n Bay Packers, to a very important offseason. Dallas has a whopping 17 unrestricted free agents, and 15 of them put together seasons that make them worthy of being re-signed.

While players like running back rco Murray, offensive tackle Doug Free and linebackers Rolando McClain and Bruce Carter are all free agents, there is no one the Cowboys need to focus on bringing back more than Bryant. Jones may have been d the /a>'s Executive of the Year by the Pro Football Writers of America, but he'll need to pull off...

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What If DeMarco Murray Is Emmitt Smith?

The Landry Hat   1/27/15 3:00 PM

When the Dallas Cowboys front office ponders the pros and cons of signing their All-Pro running back DeMarco Murray to a long term contract, they need only open their own franchise history book to find a great example of why they should make every reasonable effort to keep Murray in a Dallas uniform. One of [#8230;]

If DeMarco Murray Is Emmitt Smith? - Landry Hat - Landry Hat - A Dallas Cowboys Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and more.

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Dallas Cowboys Must Target Defensive Line in Draft, Free Agency

Bleacher Report   1/27/15 8:25 AM

IRVING, Texas -- The Dallas oys have made no secret that their priorities in free agency are re-signing receiver /span> Bryant and running back rco Murray. But in ranking the necessary moves needed to improve on their success in 2014 and make a Super Bowl run next season, addressing the defensive line is No. 1 on the list.

The Cowboys need major upgrades at defensive end and defensive tackle in the draft and free agency.

It was the biggest question mark heading into the season after the team released defensive end DeMarcus Ware, the franchise leader in sacks, in a cost-cutting move last spring and let Pro Bowl defensive tackle Jason Hatcher walk in free agency.

It proved to be the biggest weakness at the end of the season, the main one that held the Cowboys back from turning a good season into a special one.

The Cowboys recorded a paltry 28 sacks in 2014, ranking 28th in the league.

And their inability to get pressure on one-legged quarterback n Rodgers in the 26-21 loss to...

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