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Jason Witten: Perennial Cowboy Crucial to 2015 SB Bid




Draft Blog - Scout Report: Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA

Since being selected in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft, Jason Witten has forged an illustrious career with the Dallas Cowboys as one of the league's all-time elite tight ends. Now at the age of 32, Witten's role may change, but his value will remain crucial.

In 12 professional seasons, Witten has caught 943 passes for 10,502 yards and 57 touchdowns. He has been a constant target for Cowboys' quarterbacks, being active for all but one game his entire career.

Witten is one of the best tight end's in NFL history, trailing only Tony Gonzalez for the most receptions and yards from that position in the league's history. In 2012, he set the record for most receptions in a game by a tight end with 18. He currently holds the Cowboys franchise record for career receptions.

The only thing missing from his Hall-of-Fame career is a Super Bowl ring, and time is not on his side.

Witten will turn 33 years-old as the 2015 season takes shape. His chemistry with Tony Romo and his durability cannot be questioned. Although he may see fewer opportunities in the passing game, he brings valuable qualities elsewhere that will be critical for a winning season.

Aside from his success in the passing game, Witten has developed into one of the game's best blocking tight ends. He brings strength and athleticism into the running game to set key blocks for the backs.

The tight-end position has developed into a position that features an athletic, lanky receiver who can be a threat in the red zone, but Jason Witten is one of the few all-around tight ends in the league. He can block, catch and run.

Both in the locker room and in the huddle, Jason Witten's role as a leader on the Dallas Cowboys is something the former Tennessee Volunteer demonstrates by example, on and off the field.

As father time quickly approaches Jason, his importance to this team is as prevalent as ever.

For years we have seen Witten torment opposing defenses, particularly on third downs. He has become the ole' reliable target for #9. With the emergence of Gavin Escobar as the number two tight end, there is less dependence on Witten to make a play in the passing game. Escobar hauled in four touchdown receptions last year, proving himself to be another threat over the middle of the field.

In spite of Gavin Escobar's development, Jason Witten's value cannot be overstated.

Dallas is poised for another winning season in 2015, and the role that Jason Witten will play as a player, and a leader, will be crucial to the Cowboys' Super Bowl dreams.

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REPORT: Signs Point to Elliott, Cowboys Finalizing Contract Extension

Jess Haynie



Will No Preseason Work Hurt Ezekiel Elliott's Early Season Production?

Our long Cowboys National nightmare may close to ending. According to Kevin Turner of 105.3 The Fan, there's news coming in that points to Ezekiel Elliott and the Dallas Cowboys soon reaching an agreement and ending Zeke's holdout.

The following was just tweeted this morning from Turner's account:

Kevin Turner on Twitter

BREAKING: Hello, talented media personality KT here, same source tells me Zeke is booked to return from Cabo tomorrow. Another source tells @Shippyfunsports the Cowboys and Zeke were in contact late last night, and that a deal could come together over the weekend. @1053thefan

We had just heard yesterday that Dallas offered Zeke a deal that would make him the second-highest paid RB in football behind Todd Gurley. Was that enough to get Elliott to sign, or perhaps the basis that Zeke's team used to make a final counteroffer which Dallas agreed to?

Hopefully we'll find out all those details very soon. For now, we can just take hope in these signs of light at the end of this contract dispute tunnel.

The Cowboys aren't the same team without Ezekiel Elliott. With so much at stake in this 2019 season, it's time to get this deal done and get ready to win.

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Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL’s Second Highest-Paid RB

Matthew Lenix



Report: Cowboys Offer Ezekiel Elliott a Contract to Make him the NFL's Second Highest-Paid RB

Negotiations are picking up in Dallas. According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Dallas Cowboys have offered All-Pro Ezekiel Elliott a new contract that would make him the second-highest-paid running back in the NFL.

Ed Werder on Twitter

Sources: The most recent offer in negotiations between holdout Ezekiel Elliott and the Cowboys came from the team. Elliott has been offered a contract making him one of the NFL's 2 highest-paid RB. That would suggest team offering more than LeVeon Bell and less than Todd Gurley.

This would put Elliott just below Todd Gurley's four-year 60 million dollar deal and just ahead of Le'Veon Bell's four-year 52.5 million dollar deal. He's currently set to make 3.9 million in 2019 under his current contract. Deadlines make deals and it appears the Cowboys understand this. More to come.

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Report: Amari Cooper Likely out for the Rest of the Preseason

Matthew Lenix



Report: Amari Cooper Likely out Until Week 1

Dallas Cowboys Wide Receiver Amari Cooper is likely out for the remainder of the preseason according to ESPN's Todd Archer. He is currently dealing with a form of plantar fasciitis that has kept him out of practice since August 6th.

The three-time pro bowler changed life in Dallas last season as the team went 7-2 in it's final nine games after he was acquired to win the NFC East. Cooper isn't worried about any long term effects, though, as this is something he's familiar with.

"I'm not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger, it doesn't matter," Cooper said. "I had 1,000 yards when I played on plantar fasciitis before."

The Cowboys host the Houston Texans this Saturday in what is known as the "dress rehearsal" game before the regular season. Starters normally play about a half of football to get the juices flowing for when games really count in September. Ideally, the plan would be for Cooper and Dak Prescott to get a rhythm of sorts before the season starts but that will have to wait until the team prepares to take on the New York Giants on September 8th.

However, the good thing here is this issue doesn't seem to be serious and Cooper will be ready for the start of the 2019 season.

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