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1 week ago

The Cowboys on Wednesday signed DE Greg Hardy to a 1-year, $11.3 million contract. The short term reflects the league's wariness of Hardy after the domestic incident in summer 2014 that led to charges and the star DE's benching (commissioner's exempt list) for just about all of last season. The big salary, however, shows that Hardy still found a market. That part's not a surprise. He'll turn just 27 in July and racked up 26 sacks over his past 2 active seasons. On the field, Hardy's a tremendous addition for a Dallas D that ranked 28th in sacks in 2014. He turns the Cowboys from an undraftable team D to a potential starting unit. Hardy also carries top-5 upside among D-linemen for IDP fantasy football leagues. And the year off plus a contract year should add plenty of motivation. That said, the league office has yet to comment on his active status for 2015.

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The Cowboys and RB Darren McFadden have agreed to a 2-year deal, according to insider Charean Williams.  It's obviously a fall-back signing after the team lost RB DeMarco Murray to the Eagles.  McFadden turns 28 in August and hasn't topped 3.4 yards per carry in any of the last 3 seasons.  He also comes with a lengthy injury history, having missed 27 games in 7 seasons.  Dallas' All-World offensive line is a great landing spot for McFadden, but fantasy owners simply can't count on him to produce or stay healthy.  The Cowboys shouldn't either.  Look for them to add another RB in the draft.

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2 weeks ago

The Cowboys have placed just an original-round tender on restricted free-agent RB Lance Dunbar. Because he originally signed as an undrafted free agent, the team would get no compensation if Dunbar signs elsewhere. Dallas will have the option of matching any offer he gets, though. The low tender might signal that the coaching staff no longer likes him as much as it seemed to last offseason, when there was buzz about manufacturing touches for Dunbar, but he only wound up carrying 29 times and catching 18 passes for the year. Dunbar carried some sleeper appeal into 2014 drafts but looks a lot less interesting for 2015.

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3 weeks ago

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told The Associated Press on Thursday that Panthers DE Greg Hardy can sign a new contract even before he comes off the commissioner's exempt list. The star DE has been on the list since early last season because of the domestic violence case from last summer that only recently settled. He'll be a more interesting case in free agency than Ray Rice. Hardy racked up 26 sacks over his past 2 full seasons and will be just 27 when the 2015 season begins. Assuming some team signs him and the league lets him back on the field, Hardy should remain a strong IDP candidate.

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The Cowboys re-signed WR Cole Beasley to a 4-year deal worth $13.6 million.  It's a fair deal for a guy who has emerged as a reliable short-range, slot receiver.  Beasley has totaled 76 catches on 104 targets (73% catch rate) over the past 2 seasons.  He's averaged just 10.4 yards per catch, though, and scored only 6 TDs.  Beasley is much more valuable to the Cowboys than he is to fantasy teams.

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As expected, the Cowboys have used their franchise tag on WR Dez Bryant.  The move locks up the #1 WR on a 1-year, $12.8 million deal while the 2 sides continue to work on a long-term contract.  The news is also confirmation that RB DeMarco Murray will hit the free-agent market.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter and Todd Archer report that Cowboys LB Rolando McClain will face a 4-game fine in the coming season under the league's new substance abuse policy. The good news, of course, is that he won't miss any games just yet. Of course, it's 1 more off-field issue for a free-agent LB who previously retired after nearly landing himself in jail. We'll see if it impacts his marketability.

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1 month ago

North Carolina prosecutors dismissed both charges Monday against Panthers DE Greg Hardy in his domestic violence case, according to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer. The charges stemmed from a summer 2014 incident that already found Hardy guilty of a misdemeanor. He reportedly reached an out-of-court settlement with his ex-girlfriend before the trial that was to begin Monday. Hardy wound up missing the final 16 weeks of the 2014 season after the Panthers placed him on the league's exempt/commissioner's permission list. He could still face league action on the assault charges, though. We'll be curious to see how Hardy's situation plays out, especially with unrestricted free agency looming in March. The Observer reported over the weekend that "multiple team sources" said the Panthers are done with Hardy.

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Cowboys RB Joseph Randle was arrested early Wednesday morning for marijuana possession.  Police found the pot when they responded to a domestic violence call at a hotel in Wichita, Kansas.  This is Randle's 2nd arrest in the past 4 months.  He was booked in October for trying to steal underwear and cologne.  We'll see if the latest arrest draws a suspension from the league.  Randle has a huge opportunity in front of him if DeMarco Murray leaves Dallas via free agency.

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Ryan Williams -- remember him?  The 2011 2nd-round pick of the Cardinals spent all of 2014 on the Cowboys practice squad and signed a 2-year futures contract with Dallas after the season.  Insider Clarence Hill takes it as a sign that Williams is part of the team's 2015 backfield plans.  DeMarco Murray is set to hit free agency and seems no better than 50-50 to return to Dallas.  Lance Dunbar is a restricted free agent and no lock to return.  And Joseph Randle remains largely unproven.  The Cowboys backfield will be one of the bigger fantasy football story lines of the offseason.  Whoever is carrying the ball will have loads of upside behind an offensive line that finished 2nd in Pro Football Focus' run-blocking rankings and 1st in Football Outsiders'.

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2 months ago

The team website reports that Cowboys HC Jason Garrett expects LB Sean Lee to be able to go through a normal offseason. Lee tore his left ACL in May, but the timing should allow him to be fully ready for training camp. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported during the season that Dallas plans to move Lee to the weak side in 2015. The team certainly has options after rookie LB Anthony Hitchens emerged as a solid player in 2014. Rolando McClain also enjoyed a solid season when healthy, and OLB Bruce Carter improved over his 2013. It'll be an interesting -- and potentially high-value -- situation to watch for IDP owners.

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Cowboys DE Jeremy Mincey missed Wednesday's practice with a concussion. That obviously means he'll need to clear the league protocol before returning to action. The Sunday kickoff will help. Mincey played well and began to produce sacks over the season's 2nd half, but the matchup with the Packers is bad for his IDP upside. It's also bad for an iffy Dallas defense overall.

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Cowboys DE Tyrone Crawford (illness) and LB Anthony Hitchens (ankle) are active for today's game against the Lions after entering Sunday questionable. They're down-the-list options in playoff fantasy football leagues but help the Dallas team D overall.

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Cowboys HC Jason Garrett said Monday that he'll play his starters in this weekend's finale against the Redskins.  “You play guys,” Garrett said. “You get 16 opportunities and you go play and go try and play your best football.”  Dallas clinched the NFC East but still has an outside shot at a 1st-round bye.  There's always a risk that some key players are pulled early, but the plus matchup will make Tony Romo, Dez Bryant and Jason Witten safe to use in Week 17 fantasy lineups.  We'll see what the Cowboys' plan is for RB DeMarco Murray.

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Cowboys WR Terrance Williams broke the tip of his index finger in Sunday night's win over the Giants.  He doesn't need surgery but will play through it with a splint.  It's a concern for a WR.  Williams has finished with 2 or fewer catches in 6 of his last 7 games.  Thursday's matchup with the Eagles brings upside, but Williams is a high-risk Week 13 fantasy start.

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