The Cowboys received two compensatory draft picks, the NFL announced Monday. Dallas earned a fifth-rounder (172nd overall) and a sixth-rounder (208th overall). That gives the Cowboys 11 total picks in the 2009 draft, which will be held April 25-26.
A total of 32 compensatory picks were awarded to 16 teams. The New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals, Chicago Bears and New York Giants all received one extra third-round choice.
Under terms of the league’s Collective Bargaining Agreement, a team losing more or better compensatory free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory draft picks.
Workers on Friday carefully detached the nine-foot statue and placed it into a large wooden crate for storage. Eventually it will move up Interstate 30 to the Cowboys' new $1.1 billion stadium in Arlington, Texas.
The organization has not yet determined where Landry's bust will stand at the new stadium, but Cowboys spokesman Rich Dalrymple said it will have "as much accessibility to the fans 365 days a year, just as it was here at Texas Stadium."
"Tom Landry is an icon, and they make statues for icons," Dalrymple said. "His statue here has been one of the more significant and attractive fan attractions here. On game days, people are lined up two or three hours prior to the game to get their picture made by this statue. And we want it to be a significant attraction at the new stadium as well."
Looks like former Cowboys safety Roy Williams made a good first impression on the Bengals.
Coach Marvin Lewis had this to say about Williams to the team's website on Thursday.
"He's a great football player and he's a wonderful guy," Lewis said. "I'm glad we got to know him and he got to know us. He'd be a good asset for us. You can never have too many players and this guy has been an outstanding player. He makes plays that win games."
And Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer who coached Williams to his greatest success in Dallas, said ther former Pro Bowler looked like the same player to him _ one who could cover as well as support the run.
"He was (a two-way safety) for me," Zimmer said. "He's out of shape like everybody this time of year, but he looked good.He looked athletic and strong."
Considering that Williams' problems in coverage were well chronicled his final few years in Dallas, time will tell if Zimmer was serious or just blowing smoke.
The proof will be in the form of contract and for how much. No deal has been struck as of yet.
Former Cowboys safety Roy Williams is visiting the Bengals today as he continues his quest to find a new football home.
The Bengals always seemed like the place for Williams because of the presence of former Cowboys defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer.
Williams had his best seasons in Dallas under Zimmer and now Zimmer is taking a look see to find out if Williams has anything left.
"I want to see if he's the same kind of guy." Zimmer told the Bengals website. "I haven't been around him for two years. We'll take a look at it. The guy's been to five Pro Bowls, so that's pretty good."
Roy Williams inherited the No. 1 receiver role when Terrell Owens was released. Now he is trying to play the role of quarterback Tony Romo's No. 1 buddy.
Romo and Williams have already started daily thowing sessions. Its uknown how many times a week the two have been throwing. Williams still splits part of his time between Dallas and his hometown of Odessa.
But its often enough to get noticed according to one team member who observed them headed to the field with a bag of balls a number of times.
This is a good sign for Cowboys fans. Workouts don't begin until March 30. But these two along with the other receivers have been at it for a few weeks now.
Its most important for Williams and Romo to get on the same page. Their lack of chemistry and comfort is cited as a big reason for Williams' minimal impact after coming over in a trade with Detroit last season.
They need to develop a trust that Romo knows where Williams is going to be and that he is going to catch it even if he's covered.
That's the relationship a quarterback has to have with his go to receiver.
That's what Romo and Williams need to work on this offseason.
19 catches and one touchdown next year won't due. Short of a Pro Bowl season Williams needs at least 80 catches and 1,000 yards receiving and double digit touchdowns.
It's been a good week for Cowboys cornerback Orlando Scandrick.
A few days ago he found out he would not be moving from his natural position of cornerback to a experimental hybrid safety position.
On Monday, he got news of a huge boost to his bank account through the NFL's performance based pay system.
Scandrick was a fifth-round draft pick last year who proved to be one of the team's biggest surprises when he earned valuable role as a nickel cornerback. His reward for out-playing his contract and expectations was a team-high $261,000 in performance based pay.
The Performance Based Pay system creates a fund used as a supplemental form of player compensation based on a comparison of playing time to salary. The system is especially beneficial to lower salaried players.
The Cowboys paid out roughly $3.2 million in performanced based pay for 2008. Scandrick was one of eight players to earn over $100,000 in extra money. Guard Cory Proctor was second with $183,000.
Under the system, Performance Based Pay is computed by using a "Player Index." To produce the index, a player's regular season playtime (total plays on offense, defense and special teams) is divided by his adjusted regular season compensation (full season salary, prorated portion of signing bonus, earned incentives). Each player's index is then compared to those of the other players on his team to determine the amount of his pay.
Even discarded cornerback Adam Pacman Jones got little chunk of change, receiving roughly $80,000 in performance based pay to make it rain at a club near you.
Yes, if he had been simply released without any off-the-field issues -- no question. But since Matt Jones, the former Arkansas quarterback-turned-NFL-receiver, has been released after getting busted for cocaine possession and violating his plea agreement by drinking, there is no chance Jerry Jones makes this move (I think).
When it was speculated Matt Jones could be released last offseason the instant connection was Dallas and his Hog friends. I remember watching Cowboys practice at Valley Ranch at the time and vice president Stephen Jones walked off the field and was told Matt Jones could be released by Jacksonville. And boy, his eyes popped open and ears perked with interest. Those were just rumors at the time.
Now, it's a reality. But Jerry can't afford another player with substance issues. Been burned too many times already. Has that been said before?
It's almost time for the Tony Romo-Roy Williams chemistry building to begin. This will be the top offseason storyline through the OTAs and minicamp. Can these two find a connection they weren't ever close to getting once Williams joined the team?
The Cowboys offseason program begins March 30 and word is Williams has been putting in plenty of workout time at Valley Ranch since the season ended. One of the biggest questions with Williams has always been his drive, but apparently he is showing plenty this offseason.
Here's the offseason schedule....
Offseason program -- March 30
Teaching sessions -- April 7
Dallas Day (for local draft prospects) -- April 13
If Tony Romo has a problem with Terence Newman's recent comments made to WFAA then he's doing an excellent job of concealing it, or he doesn't care. The two were playing golf together on Monday afternoon. In a recent interview with WFAA's Joe Trahan, Newman was asked about Troy Aikman's comments that he wasn't sure if Romo had grasped what being the Cowboys quarterback is all about.
Newman said: "I think that with the situation Tony was in, I think that kind of maybe hurt him a little bit - being a first-year starter, then you have the limelight with his girlfriend and situations of that nature. It's going to take away from him being a quarterback, being a successful quarterback. He won 13 games and everything was perfect, but now after this past season, it was, 'Is he doing enough for the team? Is he working hard enough? You know, he's got this girlfriend, so ...' I think that once he inherited the starting quarterback job and his relationship got into the national media attention, I think that that was something that definitely hurt and took away from Tony Romo being a great quarterback."
Now that the Broncos have decided they hate Jay Cutler and Jay Cutler really hates the Broncos, it is a good time to re-visit the "can't-miss" draft class of QBs in 2006. With the third pick, the Titans selected Vince Young of Texas. USC quarterback Matt Leinart was selected with the 10th pick by the Cardinals. And Cutler, of Vanderbilt, went to the Broncos with the 11th selection. Here we are three seasons later, and it's been established every one of those teams doesn't like a single one of them. The Titans like VY so much they continue to ride 56-year-old Kerry Collins. As much as Clarence E. Hill is going to hate this, VY is a great pro athlete. He's apparently not a great pro quarterback. Leinart has made much such a favorable impression in Arizona the Cardinals continue to give Kurt Warner money. Of course, Warner did kinda lead them to the Super Bowl. And now the Broncos, and their new coach Josh McDaniels, wanted Matt Cassel more than Cutler, who is requesting a trade.