Taking a look at how the Cowboys have built their 2014 Training Camp Roster, the Cowboys currently have 92 players: 88 players on the Active Roster, 2 players on Active Reserve, and 2 players on Inactive Reserve.
Of those players, 59 were originally drafted or signed as Undrafted College Free Agents (UCFA). Thirty-three of those players were originally drafted or signed by other NFL teams (shown in parentheses after the names. Forty-six of the players were drafted, and the other 46 were UCFA’s. Of the drafted players, 31 of them were drafted by the Cowboys, and 15 were signed as Veteran Free Agents or acquired in trade.
Here is the breakdown of players, by the round they were drafted in:
- 9 - 1st Round Picks – Bryant, Claiborne, Frederick, Martin, R.McClain(OAK), Okoye(HOU), T.Smith, Spencer, Weeden(CLE)
- 6 - 2nd Round Picks – Carter, Durant(JAC), Escobar, D.Lawrence, Lee, R.Williams(ARI)
- 7 - 3rd Round Picks – Crawford, T.McClain(CAR), Murray, Wilcox, T.Williams, Wilson(NO), Witten
- 6 - 4th Round Picks – Free, Hitchens, Johnson, Melton(CHI), Webb, Wilber
- 5 - 5th Round Picks – Carr(KC), Nwaneri(JAC), Randle, Scandrick, Street
- 6 - 6th Round Picks – Briscoe(CIN), Hanna, Harris, Hayden(CAR), Holloman, Mincey(NE)
- 7 - 7th Round Picks – Bernadeau(CAR), Bishop, Dixon, Gardner, Mitchell, Selvie(STL), W.Smith
- 46 - Undrafted Free Agents – Adams, Aladenoye, Bailey, Beasley, Benford, Boatright(SEA), Boyd, Bush, Byrd(ARI), Church, Clutts(CHI), Coleman, Copeland, Dunbar, Goodin(NYG), Green(NE), Hanie(CHI), Heath, Hamilton, Hornsey, Jones, Krieter, Ladouceur(NO), C.Lawrence, Leary, Lemon, Minter(CHI), Moore(Oak), Najvar, Newsome(JAC), Ojomo(NYG), Patmon, Patrick, Parnell(NO), Rayford(WAS), Romo, Sapp, K.Smith, R.Smith, Thomas(NO), Tribue(DEN), Vaughn, Watson(NE), Weems(IND), Wetzel(OAK), Whaley
Rookie in Italics - Projected Starters in Red
Here is the order in which the current players on the roster were acquired.
- 4/26/2003 – Jason Witten (3rd round)
- 4/28/2003 – Tony Romo (UCFA, PS)
- 9/28/2005 – Louis-Philippe Ladouceur (UCFA) – entered NFL in 2005 as UCFA (NO)
- 4/29/2007 – Doug Free (4th round)
- 4/27/2008 – Orlando Scandrick (5th round)
- 4/22/2010 – Dez Bryant – (1st round)
- 4/25/2010 – Barry Church (UCFA)
- 10/14/2010 – Jermey Parnell (signed off NO PS) – entered NFL in 2009 as UCFA, PS (NO)
- 4/28/2011 – Tyron Smith (1st round)
- 4/29/2011 – Bruce Carter (2nd round)
- 4/29/2011 – DeMarco Murray (3rd round)
- 4/30/2011 – Dwayne Harris (6th round, PS)
- 5/1/2011 – Chris Jones (UCFA)
- 7/25/2011 – Dan Bailey (UCFA)
- 3/14/2012 – Brandon Carr (VFA) – entered NFL in 2008 in 5th round (KC)
- 3/14/2012 – Mackenzy Bernadeau (VFA) – entered NFL in 2008 in 7th round (CAR)
- 4/26/2012 – Morris Claiborne (1st round)
- 4/27/2012 – Tyrone Crawford (3rd round)
- 4/28/2012 – Kyle Wilbur (4th round)
- 4/28/2012 – Matt Johnson (4th round)
- 4/28/2012 – James Hanna (6th round)
- 4/29/2012 – Cole Beasley (UCFA)
- 4/29/2012 – Lance Dunbar (UCFA, PS)
- 4/29/2012 – Ron Leary (UCFA, PS)
- 4/29/2012 – Tim Benford (UCFA, PS)
- 11/30/2012 – Sterling Moore (signed off NE PS) – entered NFL in 2011 as UCFA, PS (OAK)
- 12/5/2012 – Darrion Weems (signed off DEN PS) – entered NFL in 2012 as UCFA, PS (IND)
- 2/11/2013 – Nick Hayden (VFA) – entered NFL in 2008 in 6th round (CAR)
- 3/27/2013 – Justin Durant (VFA) – entered NFL in 2007 in 2nd round (JAC)
- 4/25/2013 – Travis Frederick (1st round)
- 4/26/2013 – Gavin Escobar (2nd round)
- 4/26/2013 – Terrance Williams (3rd round)
- 4/26/2013 – J.J. Wilcox (3rd round)
- 4/27/2013 – B.W. Webb (4th round)
- 4/27/2013 – Joseph Randle (5th round)
- 4/27/2013 – Davonte Holloman (6th round)
- 4/28/2013 – Jeff Heath (UCFA)
- 4/28/2013 – Jakar Hamilton (UCFA, PS)
- 4/28/2013 – Cameron Lawrence (UCFA, PS)
- 7/24/2013 – George Selvie (VFA) – entered NFL in 2010 in 7th round (STL)
- 9/3/2013 – Caesar Rayford (VFA, PS – CFL and AFL) – entered NFL in 2013 as CFL/AFL VFA (IND)
- 9/17/2013 – Jamar Newsome (VFA, PS) – entered NFL in 2011 as UCFA (JAC)
- 11/12/2013 – John Wetzel (UCFA, PS) – entered NFL in 2013 as UCFA (OAK)
- 11/21/2013 – Orie Lemon (signed off ARI PS) – entered NFL in 2011 as UCFA (DAL, PS)
- 11/26/2013 – Martez Wilson (VFA) – entered NFL in 2011 as 3rd round pick (NO)
- 12/3/2013 – Tyler Clutts (VFA) – entered NFL in 2008 as UCFA, PS (CHI, PS)
- 3/12/2014 – Jeremy Mincey (VFA) – entered NFL in 2006 as 6th round pick (NE)
- 3/12/2014 – Terrell McClain (VFA) – entered NFL in 2011 as 3rd round pick (CAR)
- 3/17/2014 – Brandon Weeden (VFA) – entered NFL in 2012 as 1st round pick (CLE)
- 3/18/2014 – Henry Melton (VFA) – entered NFL in 2009 as 4th round pick (CHI)
- 4/24/2014 – Caleb Hanie (VFA) – entered NFL in 2008 as UCFA (CHI)
- 5/1/2014 – LaRon Byrd (VFA) – entered NFL in 2012 as UCFA (ARI)
- 5/8/2014 – Zach Martin (1st round pick)
- 5/9/2014 – DeMarcus Lawrence (2nd round pick)
- 5/10/2014 – Anthony Hitchens (4th round pick)
- 5/10/2014 – Devin Street (5th round pick)
- 5/10/2014 – Ben Gardner (7th round pick)
- 5/10/2014 – Will Smith (7th round pick)
- 5/10/2014 – Ahmad Dixon (7th round pick)
- 5/10/2014 – Ken Bishop (7th round pick)
- 5/10/2014 – Terrance Mitchell (7th round pick)
- 5/11/2014 – Josh Aladenoye (UCFA) - $5K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Chris Boyd (UCFA) - $3.5K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Davon Coleman (UCFA) - $1.5K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – J.C. Copeland (UCFA) - $2K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Casey Kreiter (UCFA) - $3K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Jordan Najvar (UCFA) – $1.5K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Ronald Patrick (UCFA) - $1.5K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Dontavis Sapp (UCFA) - $1K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Keith Smith (UCFA) - $2K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Ryan Smith (UCFA) - $1.5K bonus
- 5/11/2014 – Dustin Vaughn (UCFA) - $5K bonus
- 5/19/2014 – Ryan Williams (VFA) – entered NFL in 2011 as 2nd round pick (ARI)
- 5/21/2014 – Tyler Patmon (UCFA)
- 6/10/2014 – Dartwan Bush (UCFA)
- 7/1/2014 – Rolando McClain (Trade with BAL) – entered NFL in 2010 as 1st round pick (OAK)
- 7/21/2014 – Dezmon Briscoe (VFA) – entered NFL in 2010 as 6th round pick (CIN)
- 7/25/2014 – Uche Nwaneri – (VFA) – entered NFL in 2007 as 5th round pick (JAC)
- 8/1/2014 – Kenneth Boatright (VFA) – entered NFL in 2013 as UCFA (SEA)
- 8/1/2014 – Adewale Ojomo (VFA) – entered NFL in 2012 as UCFA (NYG)
- 8/4/2014 – Wayne Tribue (VFA) – entered NFL in 2012 as UCFA, PS (DEN)
- 8/6/2014 – Johnny Thomas (UCFA) – entered NFL in 2012 as UCFA (NO)
- 8/9/2014 – D.J. Adams (UCFA)
- 8/11/2014 – Tom Hornsey (UCFA)
- 8/12/2014 – Stephen Goodin (VFA) – entered NFL in 2012 as UCFA (NYG)
- 8/12/2014 – Justin Green (Trade with NE) – entered NFL in 2013 as UCFA (NE)
- 8/14/2014 – Zach Minter (VFA) – entered NFL in 2013 as UCFA (CHI)
- 8/14/2014 – Asa Watson (UCFA) – entered NFL in 2014 as UCFA (NE)
Reserve List Players
- 4/28/2007 – Anthony Spencer (1st round) – Active Reserve, Physically Unable to Perform List
- 4/23/2010 – Sean Lee – (2nd round) – Inactive Reserve, Injured
- 5/11/2014 – Chris Whaley (UCFA) - $5K bonus, Inactive, Non-Football Illness
- 5/16/2014 – Amobi Okoye (VFA) – entered NFL in 2007 as 1st round pick (HOU), Active Reserve, Non Football Injury
The Cowboys have waived 12 of the original 21 UCFA’s they signed right after the draft. The Cowboys have since signed an additional 16 players, including 5 more undrafted rookie free agents and 11 veteran free agents.
Rookies that have already been waived:
5/11/14 – S – Marvin Robinson – UDFA ($2K bonus) - waived
5/11/14 – OG - Brian Clarke – UDFA ($1.5K bonus) – waived injured
5/11/14 – OG - Andre Cureton – UDFA ($3K bonus) - waived
5/11/14 – RB - Ben Malena – UDFA ($2K bonus) waived injured
5/11/14 – LB - Joe Windsor – UDFA ($1.5K bonus) waived
5/11/14 – RB - Glasco Martin – UDFA - waived
5/11/14 – CB – Dashaun Phillips – UDFA ($7.5K bonus) waived
5/11/14 – CB – Jocquel Skinner – UDFA ($1.5K bonus) waived
5/11/14 – OG - Jarrod Pughsley – UDFA ($5K bonus) waived
5/11/14 – P - Cody Mandell – UDFA ($2K bonus) waived
5/11/14 – TE - Evan Wilson – UDFA ($2.5K bonus) waived
5/11/14 – WR - L’Damian Washington – UDFA ($7K bonus) waived injured
Dallas Cowboys 2019 Free Agency: Week One Recap
It's been just a week since NFL free agents could begin negotiating with other teams, but it feels like a lifetime for anxious Cowboys fans. Dallas' seemingly passive approach to 2019 free agency has left many disappointed. Still, there are some moves to recap.
As has become their strategy in recent years, the Cowboys have focused on filling up their depth chart and trying to avoid any glaring holes prior to next month's draft. They've re-signed several backups and added at least one likely rotation player.
It's still far too early to judge Dallas' activity. Comparing the 2019 roster to last year will depend heavily on the draft, growth from current players, and other factors. But with the "second wave" of free agency upon us, it's a good time to look at who's come, gone, and stuck around so far.
- TE Jason Witten (unretired)
- TE Codey McElroy (Rams)
- DT Christian Covington (Texans)
The biggest addition so far this offseason wasn't even a free agent, at least not in the purest sense of the term. Jason Witten's surprising return from retirement helped shore up one of Dallas' biggest needs, though it may not preclude them from drafting a tight end high in April.
Also at tight end, Dallas signed developmental project Codey McElroy. His experience is in baseball and basketball, having played just one year of college football. But at 6'6'" and 255 lbs., and having spent last year working with the Rams, the Cowboys must see something they're intrigued by.
Last week Dallas signed Christian Covington, who had 3.5 sacks for Houston in 2018 playing as a 3-4 defensive end. He should move to DT in the Cowboys' scheme and should be a solid addition to their rotation.
- WR Cole Beasley (Bills)
- TE Geoff Swaim (Jaguars)
- DL David Irving (shenanigans)
- LB Damien Wilson (Chiefs)
Beasley is heading to Buffalo on a four-year, $29 million deal. It appeared the relationship soured between Cole and Dallas over his playing time last year, and clearly the Cowboys didn't fight hard to keep him.
Damien Wilson followed Anthony Hitchens to Kansas City to help round out their linebacker corps. Once it was announced that Dallas was hanging on to Sean Lee in 2019, it was fairly certain that Wilson wouldn't be back.
Also not expected back was TE Geoff Swaim, who signed with Jacksonville. Even before Witten came back, Dallas appeared likely to stick with Blake Jarwin and Dalton Schultz for returning talent and then add an upgrade via free agency or the draft.
While still a free agent, nobody expects David Irving back in Dallas or even the NFL after recent activities. Irving appears focused on a Hollywood career and advocating for medical marijuana use at this point.
- FB Jamize Olawale
- WR Tavon Austin
- WR Allen Hurns (team option)
- OT Cam Fleming
- G/C Joe Looney (team option)
- DE DeMarcus Lawrence (franchise tag)
- DT Daniel Ross (ERFA)
- LB Justin March-Lillard
- S Darian Thompson
While Dallas put the franchise tag on prized pass rusher DeMarcus Lawrence, his return in 2019 is far from settled. Lawrence has previously sworn he wouldn't play under a second franchise tag this year, and last we heard the two sides are far apart on a long-term deal. Could a holdout be on the horizon?
The Cowboys doubled-down on WR depth by re-signing Tavon Austin and exercising their team option on Allen Hurns' contract. Both are able to play out of the slot, meaning we could see more of a rotation approach to replacing Cole Beasley next year.
Dallas also re-signed fullback Jamize Olawale, which was a surprise given his low usage rate last year. Perhaps the change to Kellen Moore at offensive coordinator was behind this one, hoping to take better advantage of Olawale's receiving skills going forward.
Joe Looney and Cam Fleming will also be back as valuable backups on the offensive line. Looney started 16 games last year at center and also helps at guard, while Fleming will be the swing tackle once again for his second season in Dallas.
On defense, Dallas kept Daniel Ross in their DT rotation after solid performance in 2018. Justin March-Lillard return at linebacker, particularly for his value on special teams. And Darian Thompson, a former third-round pick by the Giants, is back as an ongoing developmental player.
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If this is any indication, next week's recap may have a lot more to discuss.
REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent S Clayton Geathers Today
The Cowboys appear to be waking up in 2019 free agency. After a report earlier that they're meeting with WR Randall Cobb, now they're also visiting with Safety Clayton Geathers. He's spent the last four years with the Indianapolis Colts and was a starter and team captain in 2018.
Geathers missed four games last season with a neck injury but still had 89 tackles on the year. He has yet to get an interception since entering the league in 2015, but hasn't been a full-time starter for much of that time.
Free agent S Clayton Geathers is visiting the Cowboys today, per source. He was a team captain for the Colts last season, starting 12 games and recording 89 tackles.
At 6'2" and 220 lbs., Geathers is every bit of a strong safety. He is likely being considered to compete with Jeff Heath for the starting role and otherwise provide depth.
Clayton's rookie contract expired this year, making him available as a free agent. He turns 27 in June and was a fourth-round pick in 2015.
This is still just a visit and a signing is hardly guaranteed. But at the least, the Cowboys seem to be becoming far more active in this second wave of free agency.
REPORT: Cowboys Visiting With Free Agent WR Randall Cobb Today
The Dallas Cowboys are hosting free agent Receiver Randall Cobb today at The Star, according to ESPN's Todd Archer. Cobb has spent all eight of his NFL season thus far with the Green Bay Packers.
After losing Cole Beasley to the Buffalo Bills in free agency, and with Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup entrenched as starters, Dallas must be considering Cobb to help them at slot receiver.
The Cowboys are hosting free-agent wide receiver Randall Cobb at The Star today, according to a source. With the departure of Cole Beasley, the Cowboys are looking for help at slot receiver and Cobb can also play on the outside. In eight years in Green Bay, he had 470 catches...
This move is a bit surprising after Dallas chose to keep both Tavon Austin and Allen Hurns from last year. Both veterans are capable of playing out of the slot, as is Amari Cooper.
Cobb, however, may bring more upside. He's struggled injuries lately but was a key part of the Packers' offense for several years. He went to the Pro Bowl in 2014 with nearly 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Turning 29 in August, Randall's contract expired in Green Bay and he remains a free agent. The Cowboys are likely hoping to replace Cole Beasley's skill set at a discounted price.
It's been a slow free agency period for Dallas thus far, and Randall Cobb wouldn't be a glamorous addition. However, any activity would make anxious Cowboys fans happy at this point.
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