by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/13/14) The Cowboys agreed to terms on a contract with free-agent linebacker Will Herring Thursday, though terms of the deal are not yet known. Herring appeared in all 16 of the Saints' games last season, recording 13 tackles and one interception.
Cowboys, DeMarcus Ware battling over money
by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer (3/7/14) Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware has reportedly been asked to take a pay cut, according to NFL Network, but the All Pro pass rusher isn't interested in relinquishing any of the $13 million he's owed per season. In fact he counts $16 million against the cap in 2014 -- a number the Cowboys don't seem willing to pay according to NFL Network.
The team is interested in getting him to take a pay cut and Ware's not hearing any of it. He realizes teams will be interested in signing him if he hits the open market, says the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The Cowboys might be forced to do it given their limited cap space. If they were to cut Ware they would save $7.8 million.
Ware, who turns 32 this year, has had surgery for the second consecutive offseason and had a career-low six sacks in 2013 playing as a defensive end in the Cowboys' 4-3 scheme. Previously he dominated as an outside linebackers in the 3-4 format.
The report says Claiborne has been a major disappointment in his two seasons after being selected at No. 6 overall in the NFL Draft. Since then, Claiborne has just two interceptions, 14 pass breakups and 17 weeks spent on the injury report.
He has fallen behind Orlando Scandrick as the third corner, and the report says the Cowboys should consider trading Claiborne for a third-round pick.
Suggs deal could impact DeMarcus Ware, Cowboys
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer (2/18/14) The contract extension Terrell Suggs signed with the Ravens could be beneficial to the Cowboys and DeMarcus Ware, reports ESPN.
The Ravens and Suggs agreed on a contract extension that will significantly lower his $12.8 million salary-cap figure. He was set to make a $7.8 million base salary in the final year of his deal.
Ware is set to make a $12.25 million base salary and count $16.003 million against the cap. He is technically signed through 2017, but the final two years of the contract will void so he will be a free agent after the 2015 season.
The report says the extension the Ravens gave Suggs could serve as something of a blueprint for the Cowboys. Needing salary-cap space, the Cowboys cannot have Ware count $16 million against the cap.
Sean Lee on recovery: 'Pretty much there'
by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com (2/10/14) Cowboys middle linebacker Sean Lee said his neck has improved dramatically since a torn ligament forced him to miss the final three games last season. But he has not been medically cleared yet.
"I'm working all the neck exercises," Lee said, via ESPN.com. "I think it was just having time to heal, allowing that ligament to heal and it takes a certain amount of time. I think we're on the path to where it's pretty much there."
Lee did not need surgery, which he called "a positive." He expects to be ready for the offseason program, which starts April 21.
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The Cowboys DST was among the most disappointing units in 2012. The Cowboys DST was drafted as a starting option last year but finished No. 27 in Fantasy points. They managed just seven interceptions, which was tied for lowest in the NFL, with only 34 sacks, nine fumbles and four defensive touchdowns. Rob Ryan was fired as defensive coordinator, and Monte Kiffin was brought in. The unit will switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 scheme and run Kiffin's famous “Tampa 2” defense, but anything should be better than last year. We don't consider the Cowboys DST worth drafting in most formats, but they are a unit to watch. If Kiffin can turn this defense around quickly they could be worth adding off the waiver wire. (Updated 4/26/13)