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Cowboys Add Former Vikings DE Everson Griffen

Former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen has a new home, and it’s in the heart of Texas with the Cowboys.

The signing of the four-time Pro Bowler who spent the last 10 years with the Vikings is a big one for the Cowboys, as many are surprised at the move, thinking he would end up in Seattle with the Seahawks.

Reports say that the Cowboys were able to swoop in and ink Griffen while he and the Seahawks went “back and forth” on money for a deal.

On paper at least, Griffen transforms the Cowboys’ defensive front into an imposing attack as he’s set to join Demarcus Lawrence, Gerald McCoy, Tyrone Crawford and Aldon Smith. While there will obviously remain ample question marks about how the new additions such as Griffen, Smith and McCoy mix into a unit led by Lawrence, the talent and past production is impressive.

While Griffen moves on from the Vikings despite a 2019 Pro Bowl campaign in which he tallied eight sacks and 11 tackles for a loss, there’s likely to be some familiarity as his debut season in Dallas will also be the first year for Mike McCarthy, who’s set for his opening campaign with the Cowboys following his days with the Packers and seeing Griffen twice a year.

Cowboys Owner Jerry Jones Speaks On How His Team Will Treat the National Anthem

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones spoke to the media on Wednesday, and among the topics were how the team was going to treat the national anthem this upcoming season.

Jones says that the club will treat the anthem with “grace,” but stopped short of saying that he was going to force his players to stand.

“I have nothing to prove regarding my players and my support of our players,” Jones said.

“What I do want to show and want us all to be a part of is a word called ‘grace’. Grace. Not only grace in our actions, but grace in our understanding, where they’re coming from. I want our players to understand the perception and where they’re coming from regarding the flag and the sensitivity there and the many memories there.

Jones also spoke about being open to conversation about the anthem, and that he is more than willing to listen to the players on the roster.

“My job is to run the Dallas Cowboys, my job is to do what’s right. We’ve asked for all of this interest, and we’ve asked for all of our players to give everything they got. And I want to sit down, when I have an issue and I have a decision to make, I want to show the world that I can do it with grace and come up with the right solution,” Jones said.

“I don’t know what we’re going to be faced with here a month from now or two months from now. When it happens, I’m giving you the backdrop of how I’ll make the decision at the time or encourage our players. Our players have always been open ears for anything that I have to offer and I’ve been open ears for what they have to offer and that’s what we’ll do.”

Schefter: Prescott to Ink Franchise Tag Today for $31.4 Million

While a long term deal is still the ultimate goal, for now the Cowboys are going to have to settle for quarterback Dak Prescott to ink a $31.4 million exclusive franchise on Monday according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

As Schefter points out, the two sides can still chat about a long-term deal until the 15th of July.

Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus

The Cowboys are about a month away from starting training camp, and while it wasn’t highly publicized, a report from Ian Rapoport states that running back Ezekiel Elliott is a player who has tested positive for the Coronavirus.

The good news as stated in the tweet is that Elliott should be okay and ready for the 2020 season, and that his agent says he feels good.

If the Cowboys do something to keep him away from other players is up to them, but it sounds like it’s not likely that the running back can spread the disease at this point.

Report Claims QB Prescott Offered Five-Year Deal Worth $175 Million

It’s been somewhat quiet on the Dak Prescott front as of late, but the latest numbers that are being thrown around are staggering if true.

The rumor comes from an PFT’s Chris Simms, who made an appearance on 105.3 The Fan’s K&C Masterpiece.

“From what I know of the situation, and I know from some people who are in the know that he’s been offered five years, $175 million,” Simms said.

“He wants a four-year deal. If they do agree to a five-year deal they would like a really big number at the end of that fifth year to cover their butts for what the market might be at the position five years from now. And I’ve heard he’s asking for somewhere like north of $45 million in that fifth year.”

That’s a lot of dollars to be turning down, and if Prescott does, you have to wonder what exactly it is going to take to keep him in Dallas.

LeBron James Says He Considered Making the Move to Playing for the Cowboys in 2011

It’s long been known that LeBron James, the 16-time NBA All-Star, three-time NBA champion and current Los Angeles Laker, grew up a Cowboys fan. Apparently, he once considered making the transition to Cowboys player, David Hellman of reports.

James appeared on “Uninterrupted” on Monday night to talk about the acclaimed Michael Jordan documentary, “The Last Dance,” as well as his own memories of MJ. In addition, he talked about his history with football — as well as his flirtation with returning to the gridiron during the 2011 NFL lockout.

“I had no idea how long the lockout was going to be, and myself and my trainer … we really started to actually train to be a football player,” James said. “We started to clock our time in the 40, we started to add a little bit more to our bench presses and things of that nature.”

This wouldn’t have come out of nowhere. James played wide receiver in high school and was a first-team, all-state player. He was recruited by the likes of Notre Dame and Ohio State before ultimately deciding to focus on basketball.

And throughout this training process, James said that his trainer kept joking how great it would be to go down to Irving, Texas — the Cowboys’ former home, when they were located at Valley Ranch.

Of course, nothing ever came of it. The lockout ended during the summer of 2011. James, fresh off an NBA Finals loss to the Dallas Mavericks, would go on to win his first championship the following summer. Obviously, he’s still playing basketball to this day.

But James’ longtime friend and business partner, Maverick Carter, did acknowledge that Cowboys owner/general manager Jerry Jones went as far as to send James a contract. He has it framed to this day.

Cowboys 2020 Schedule Released; Home Opener in Week 2 Vs Atlanta

The Cowboys are now set as the 2020 schedule is out, and the team has a number of prime time games. Here’s a look at when those big games for 2020 will be played.

Week 1 – at Los Angeles Rams, Sept. 13 7:20p

Week 2 – home Atlanta, Sept. 20 noon

Week 3 – at Seattle, Sept. 27, 3:25p

Week 4 – home Cleveland, Oct. 4, noon

Week 5 – home New York Giants, Oct. 11, 3:25p

Week 6 – home Arizona, (Mon) Oct. 19, 7:15p

Week 7 – at Washington, Oct. 25, noon

Week 8 – at Philadelphia, Nov. 1, 7:20p

Week 9 – home Pittsburgh, Nov. 8, 3:25p

Week 10 – BYE

Week 11 – at Minnesota, Nov. 22, 3:25p

Week 12 – home Washington, (Thurs) Nov. 26, 3:30p

Week 13 – at Baltimore, (Thurs) Dec. 3, 7:20p

Week 14 – at Cincinnati, Dec. 13, noon

Week 15 – home San Francisco, Dec. 20, 7:20p

Week 16 – home Philadelphia, Dec. 27, 3:25p

Week 17 – at New York Giants, Jan. 3, noon

Cowboys Add Free Agent CB Daryl Worley to Their Roster

The Cowboys have agreed to terms with veteran free-agent cornerback Daryl Worley, ESPN reports.

Worley joins a crowded cornerback room that includes Chidobe Awuzie, Jourdan Lewis, Anthony Brown, Maurice Canady and C.J. Goodwin as well as the team’s recent draft picks, Trevon Diggs (second round) and Reggie Robinson (fourth round).

After the draft, the Cowboys, who lost Byron Jones to the Miami Dolphins in free agency, said they have some position flexibility with some corners being able to play safety.

Worley, who joined the Raiders as a free agent in 2018, became a Jon Gruden favorite last season thanks to his willingness to play all over the secondary, from outside corner to the slot to free safety.

The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Worley, 25, missed one game last season with a neck injury, in Week 15, and finished with an interception, a fumble recovery, 8 passes defensed and 58 tackles (51 solo).