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Legacy? New CBA to Last 10 Years Published 7/16/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

The latest word on the ever-approaching CBA puts its length at 10 years.  If so, fantastic.  That means 2021 before we go through this again. That's a real accomplishment for the parties.  Given the length of NFL careers, how many rookies covered by this new deal will still be active when it expires?   How many of the owners... read more→


What Becomes of the UDFAs? Published 7/16/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Fans now have two highly-compressed free agent events to anticipate with the 72 hour sign-your-own window and the NFL's version of Black Friday sales with the opening of free agency proper.Don't forget a third important body of talent -- the undrafted free agents from April.  Dallas in particular has made tremendous use of the UDFA pool,... read more→


Cowboys Will Try on a Soft, Adjustable Cap -- Maybe Published 7/15/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

"The 2011 projected cap will be roughly $123 million, according to sources, but as a practical matter will "feel" more like $130 million to teams when cap credits and new cap exceptions are factored."                 -- Albert Breer,  "Owners, Players Reach Agreement on Economics of Labor Deal"$9... read more→


Get Stephen Jones to the Ranch -- Stat Published 7/14/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

A common saying of contract negotiations is that no deal is done until it's all done.   The up-and-down nature of the NFL's CBA negotiations in recent weeks makes following the day-to-day exhausting.  Today, however, there does seem to be a significant step towards an agreement in principle. Many issues remain regarding rookie wage... read more→


Grimes: Free Agent Sleeper or a Monster Contract in Waiting? Published 7/14/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Part four of Cowboys Nation's chat with ESPN.com's NFL and college football analyst K.C. Joyner covers the Cowboys chances for a rebound and looks at Atlanta's Brent Grimes, who could be the best value corner in this year's free agent market, assuming four year veterans become unrestricted free agents.K.C. Joyner:  ... That's the thing about... read more→


Finding Cornerback Bang for Dallas' Free Agent Bucks Published 7/12/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Part three of Cowboys Nation's week-long chat with ESPN.com's K.C. Joyner looks at good but not elite corners, who could upgrade one spot without costing Nnamdi Asomugha money.  Cowboys Nation:  We've talked about Carlos Rogers and Philip Buchanon in the past, but now that 4th year veterans are perhaps entering the new free agent market,... read more→


Corner or Safety? K.C. Joyner Rates Free Agent Impact Published 7/11/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Part II on Cowboys Nation's conversation with ESPN.com's K.C. Joyner looks at free agent safety Danieal Manning and considers whether Dallas would benefit more from a top safety signing or from a plus-level corner?Cowboys Nation:  Let me take you back to the conclusion you drew when we talked about Eric Weddle and Michael Huff a few weeks... read more→


How Good A Safety Market? K.C. Joyner Rates The Free Agents Published 7/11/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

This week's series with ESPN.com's college and pro football analyst K.C. Joyner, begins by reviewing a new crop of potential free agent secondary players.  Today, we look at safeties.  I recommend clicking on the Eric Weddle and Michael Huff links in the "Topics" box at the lower right corner of this page.  Joyner gave two... read more→


Cowboys 2011: How Big A Rebound? Published 7/10/2011 in Pro Football Talk Line Author Rafael Vela

Monday noon I'll post the first in a week-long series with ESPN.com's K.C. Joyner.  The Football Scientist will follow up his recent Cowboys Nation pieces on Michael Huff and Eric Weddle with a look at free agent safeties and cornerbacks, with emphasis on four-year veterans who could become free agents under a new CBA.We'll discuss big ticket... read more→


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