Jerry Jones not excited about using tag on Dez Bryant

By Nick Shook | NFL.com
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Very much of the Dallas Cowboys‘ financial future depends on what happens with Dez Bryant.

Paired with running back DeMarco Murray as Dallas’ two most-important players headed for free agency, Bryant is priority No. 1. But the wide receiver and team don’t appear to be anywhere near common ground on a contract, so much so that the Cowboys are well-prepared to use the franchise tag to keep him.

It’s something that Bryant does not desire. On Saturday, we learned it is also not a move owner and general manager Jerry Jones wants to make. Continue reading

King Dunlap, Chargers agree on four-year, $28M deal

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King Dunlap‘s rise from late-round selection to consistently effective offensive tackle has taken the better part of a decade.

Now he’s getting paid like one.

The San Diego Chargers locked up their left tackle, agreeing on a four-year contract, the team announced Friday. The contract is worth $28 million, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per a source who has seen the deal. Continue reading

Seven takeaways from Friday at the combine

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Friday was the first day of workouts for offensive linemen, tight ends and special teamers, but as is often in the NFL, quarterback talk ruled the day.

St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher pushed his big pile of confidence chips into the center of the table, telling reporters that his team is “betting on” Sam Bradford. Quarterback guru George Whitfield told reporters the possibility of Marcus Mariota landing on the same roster as 2014 first-round selection Johnny Manziel in Cleveland was a “very real situation.”

And then there was Jameis Winston taking the podium and telling reporters he’s planning on winning the Super Bowl next season. As if the football world hadn’t already adjusted to Winston’s tendency to provide surprising sound bytes, this one ranks among the most eye-opening.

As the quarterback goes, so goes the team in the NFL — and apparently so goes the media portion of the combine. Here are our takeaways from Friday at the combine: Continue reading