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About that old trade value chart, and the Cowboys' Day 1 draft trade

The biggest criticism of the Cowboys draft came from the day 1 trade with San Francisco, in which they gave up pick 18 for pick 31 and 74. The immediate reaction was that Dallas had "lost" the...

Background on the draft trade value chart


Good reading to put this whole draft trade value chart discussion in context. Trades are negotiations, not arithmetic exercises. The trade value chart is just a guideline to help facilitate a deal. It evolves over time. And it differs among teams.

DraftMetrics: SF/DAL trade a "fair deal"


DraftMetrics evaluates all of the drafts trade that took place, and say this about the Cowboys giving up pick 18 for 31 and 74: "A pretty fair deal. DRAFTMETRICS pounds the drums that you can’t lose trading down within a Value Group."

Pauline had Frederick as 1st rounder back on Feb 12


Once again Tony Pauline nailed it way before anyone else, back before the combine (he also was first to say Fisher would be #1 overall)... - Last year Kevin Zeitler of Wisconsin was a surprise selection in round one when the Cincinnati Bengals tabbed him with the 27th pick. Who will be the surprise of the first frame this year? At this stage sources tell me it could be Zeitler’s former Badger teammate Travis Frederick. One general manager has referred to Frederick as the best interior run blocking line the draft has witnessed in more than a half-decade. We hear Frederick will be a tight 315-pounds for the combine. Where could he end up? Sources tell me possibly the Indianapolis Colts at pick 24 as the team needs a guard or the Atlanta Falcons at pick 30. Watch what Atlanta does in free agency. We hear the game plan is to move Peter Konz, who started at guard as a rookie last season, to center and then sign a veteran guard. If they don’t sign a veteran then Frederick could be an option.


Frederick: The more I read and watch, the more I like

Like most fans, I was at least underwhelmed by the pick at first. It was an anticlimactic end for the day, and the instant reactions of the guys on TV quickly colored our perception of him, or his...

Pauline: DT Sylvester Williams to Cowboys at 18


- Right now insiders believe Sylvester Williams/DT/North Carolina looks like the pick for the Dallas Cowboys in round one. This assumes Kenny Vaccaro does not slide to the 18th pick of the draft as the Cowboys are very high on the Texas safety. Right now I’m told Vaccaro could end up with the New Orleans Saints, who own the 15th selection.

Ware has full range of motion in his shoulder


DeMarcus Ware has full range of motion in his surgically repaired right shoulder, and he is lifting now. He hopes to participate in some of the team’s organized team activities next month and the mandatory minicamp in June, though he might be limited in what he can do. He promises to be 100 percent for the start of training camp in July. Source: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Sully: Cowboys will NOT draft Vaccaro


Guaranteed this earlier on our taping of "On Air" @dcstarmagazine Show, & want it on the record: The Cowboys will NOT draft Kenny Vaccaro.— Jeff Sullivan (@SullyBaldHead) April 12, 2013

Eric Winston is "too pricey" for the Cowboys?


ESPN Dallas gets the sense that free agent RT Eric Winston is "too pricey" for the Cowboys. "[His] price needs to come down," tweets beat writer Calvin Watkins. The Cowboys' interest in Winston seems genuine, but the 29-year-old is still not budging from his asking price of a multi-year deal at $3-4 million per year. Winston likely won't have a home until after the draft. Source: Calvin Watkins on Twitter

Schefter: Warmack could slide to Cowboys at 18 (Rotoworld)


Chance Warmack - G - Player Citing "whispers around the league," ESPN's Adam Schefter hinted on his blog that Alabama OG Chance Warmack could be in for a draft-day mini-slide. Schefter believes it "wouldn't be completely shocking" if Warmack were available at the Cowboys' No. 18 overall selection. Warmack is a lock first-rounder, but keep in mind many pegged David DeCastro as a top 10-15 pick last April and he lasted to the Steelers' pick at 24. Guard is not a coveted NFL position. Source: ESPN Insider

"Door is open" for FA RT Andre Smith to leave CIN (Rotoworld)


SI's Peter King believes the "door is open" for free agent RT Andre Smith to leave Cincinnati. The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Sunday the sides are "not close" to a new deal. Cincinnati's offer is clearly of the "take it or leave it" variety, but the problem for Smith is that he hasn't so much as made a visit since the start of free agency. The longer he waits, the less he may end up settling for in the Queen City. Apr 1 - 9:55 AM Source: Sports Illustrated

Cowboys DEs smallest in the league?


Our frienemy Jimmy at Blogging the Beast has a chart showing the combined weight of all the 4-3 DEs in the league. With Ware listed at 254 and Spencer at 250, Cowboys come in lightest of any duo. He asks... 1. How effectively can the Cowboys stop the run with two very undersized starting DEs? 2. Ware and Spencer will be taking on OTs at the point of attack who outweigh them by 50-80 pounds with far more regularity than they were used to in the 3-4. How well will they hold up in the second half of the season? 3. And how might that added physical toll affect their ability to rush the passer?

Broaddus: UFAs Will Allen S and Justin Durant LB will visit 'Boys Monday


Bryan Broaddus ‏@BryanBroaddus Names the Cowboys are actually bringing in for UFA visits Will Allen S and Justin Durant LB. Will visit Valley Ranch on Monday.


A look at FA Guard Brandon Moore, who is visiting Cowboys

I admit I knew nothing about this guy prior to hearing about his impending visit with the Cowboys (although this report has since been disputed). Maybe partly because I just assumed we wouldn't...

Coach rips Pierre-Paul for being overweight


Coach Tom Coughlin blamed Jason Pierre-Paul's disappointing 2012 season on conditioning issues. Pierre-Paul managed just 6.5 sacks and 66 tackles last year after taking the league by storm in 2011 with 16.5 sacks and 86 tackles. Coughlin says JPP was out of shape when he showed up in August and struggled throughout the year to get rid of the extra pounds. "He was big when he came to camp," Coughlin said. Pierre-Paul must show up at his playing weight of 275 pounds this year as he'll be asked to play more snaps. Free agent DE Osi Umenyiora is moving on. SourceL: New York Post http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/giants/coughlin_rips_into_overweight_pierre_lqmbgMnDkrnjmv09CHIhBO

Buccaneers ship WR Arrelious Benn to Eagles


Eagles acquired WR Arrelious Benn and a 2013 seventh-round pick from the Buccaneers in exchange for Philadelphia's 2013 sixth-round pick and a 2014 conditional pick. Bucs GM Mark Dominik didn't get much, but he did do well to get anything at all for Benn, who's been a near-complete bust since Tampa Bay drafted him with the 39th overall pick in 2010. Billed as a chain-moving possession receiver with run-afer-catch ability coming out of Illinois, Benn has been incredibly injury prone en route to just 862 yards and five touchdowns across 37 career games (24 starts). He'll battle for a roster spot in Eagles camp.

Schefter: Cowboys released LB Dan Connor.


Adam Schefter ‏@AdamSchefter Cowboys released LB Dan Connor.

Watkins: Cowboys value FS Vaccaro "immensely"


According to ESPN Dallas' Calvin Watkins, the Cowboys value Texas FS Kenny Vaccaro "immensely." They're also needy at free safety after releasing Gerald Sensabaugh. It sounds like Vaccaro will be squarely on Dallas' radar if he's available with the 18th overall pick. The Rams draft at No. 16 overall and also have a safety need. Source: ESPN Dallas http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4706414/cowboys-weekend-mailbag-trade-for-nick-foles

Giants won't wage bidding war for TE Bennett (Rotoworld)


According to the NY Daily News, the Giants are unwilling to enter a "bidding war" for free agent Martellus Bennett. The Daily News anticipates the Buccaneers pursuing Bennett, and they have more money to spend than the G-Men. Per beat writer Ralph Vacchiano, Giants TE coach Mike Pope -- among the most respected assistants in the game -- "has his eye on an under-the-radar tight end in the draft." The prospect is undisclosed. Source: New York Daily News

Cowboys sign OG Charlie Bryant, DT Nick Hayden to reserve/future


Eagles, Vick agree to restructured contract


(via Rotoworld) ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Eagles have worked out a restructured contract with Michael Vick, and will keep him for 2013. Vick has been re-signed to a "three-year deal" that will void next March 15, ostensibly making it a one-year pact. Per Schefter, Vick could make "up to" $10 million in 2013. He had been set to make $15.5 million in the third season of a six-year, $100 million contract. The news makes Vick the obvious favorite to pilot Chip Kelly's offense, but both FOX's Jay Glazer and the Philadelphia Inquirer believe he may have competition. However, it's doubtful Vick would have foregone a chance at the open market if he wasn't offered assurances he'd likely be under center come Week 1. Vick's playmaking skills have been in steady decline, but he'll still be a highly intriguing fantasy prospect in Kelly's breakneck offense. Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter

Eagles hire Billy Davis as defensive coordinator


Eagles hired Browns LB coach Billy Davis as defensive coordinator. After a long search for an aggressive proponent of the 3-4, the Eagles finally found their man. Prior to his two-year stint in Cleveland, Davis unsuccessfully coordinated the Cardinals' defense from 2009-2010 and held the same position in San Francisco from 2005-06 before getting ousted. He's been in the NFL as a defensive assistant since 1992, coaching the 3-4 scheme almost exclusively. In Philly, Davis will be charged with turning around a defense that ranked 30th in points allowed and tied for dead last in turnovers forced. It's not the splashy defensive hire many expected when offensive guru Chip Kelly landed the head-coaching gig. (Via Rotoworld

Schefter: Giants released RB Ahmad Bradshaw.


Giants released RB Ahmad Bradshaw.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 6, 2013

2012 Football Outsiders Awards


Go vote for FO awards... Here's my suggestions for reasonable Cowboys answers on some open questions... Who is the most deserving offensive player left off the original Pro Bowl roster? Dez Bryant Who is the most deserving defensive player left off the original Pro Bowl roster? Anthony Spencer Who is the most deserving special teams player left off the original Pro Bowl roster? Dwayne Harris Who is the player most likely to breakout in 2013? Morris Claiborne

Schefter: Cowboys set to hire former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley as WR coach


Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter Dallas Cowboys are set to hire former Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley as their WR coach.

Witten wins Bart Starr Award


Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten will receive the Bart Starr Award given annually to an NFL player for outstanding character and leadership off the field. Witten will be presented with the honor at a Super Bowl breakfast on Feb. 1 in New Orleans. Other finalists for the award were Tennessee Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and New York Giants defensive end Justin Tuck. Among Witten's charitable endeavors are his SCORE Foundation, which supports various domestic-violence outreach programs and building projects in Texas and his native Tennessee. The award, which is named after Pro Football Hall of Fame and former Green Bay quarterback Bart Starr, is voted on by NFL players. Previous winners include London Fletcher, Drew Brees, Kurt Warner, LaDainian Tomlinson, Reggie White and Mike Singletary.

Sturm blog: Newbury On the 4-3 Under


"David Newbury, of Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket, has volunteered to walk us through some of the strategic points of the various defensive looks the Cowboys may be headed towards. I think you will find this quite informative. - Bob"

Eagles decide on Pat Shurmur as OC (Rotoworld)


Eagles hired former Browns coach Pat Shurmur as offensive coordinator. It's an extremely odd fit, as the punt-happy Shurmur is the antithesis to everything Chip Kelly stands for, at least on paper. Shurmur has 15 years of NFL experience, however, and spent 2002-08 with the Eagles. Shurmur should be a competent guiding hand for Kelly as he makes the adjustment to the big leagues, but won't be the architect of Philly's offense. Kelly is expected to serve as his own play-caller. Source: Jason La Canfora on Twitter

Jason Witten finalist for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award


along with Larry Fitzgerald of the Arizona Cardinals, and Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns

D. Harris led NFC in punt returns with 16.1-yd avg


Dwayne Harris led the NFC in punt returns with a 16.1-yard average. Also, Dan Bailey converted 29 of his 31 field goal tries to allow the Cowboys to finish in a tie for first in field goal accuracy at 93.5 percent.

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