Cowboys deal with Henry Melton for one guaranteed season
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/19/14) The Cowboys' deal with defensive lineman Henry Melton is expected to become official in the coming days, after he agreed to join the team Tuesday following an injury-riddled final season with the Bears.
According to The Dallas Morning News report Tuesday, the deal includes just one guaranteed year worth $5 million for 2014, coming off a season in which he played just three games before suffering a torn ACL. If Melton makes it through the year and is still on the Cowboys' roster by the first say of the league year in 2015, an extension will kick in worth an average of $8 million over three seasons, including $9 million guaranteed in the first year.
Melton had 13 sacks in 2011 and 2012 combined, and likely would have been looking at a much larger deal had he not suffered the injury.
Henry Melton close to signing with Cowboys
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com (3/18/14) The Cowboys have a number of glaring holes on the defensive side of the ball, and they appear close to filling at least on Tuesday. According to ESPN.com, the Cowboys are nearing agreement with free agent defensive lineman Henry Melton on a multi-year deal, the financial terms of which are not yet known.
Melton played in just three games in 2013 due to a torn ACL. He had 13 sacks in his previous two seasons.
Will Herring joins Cowboys
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.
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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)