Found April 23, 2013 on Fox Sports Southwest:
Jerry Jones says the Cowboys are more likely to trade down than attempt to trade up on draft day. Which means you can look for them to move up. Every year, Jones calls a pre-draft press conference. The media dutifully shows up, just in case he addresses other topics besides the draft. As far as the draft itself, anything Jones and the Cowboys says prior to draft day is usually a smokescreen. Jerry Jones is many things, but most of all he is a shrewd businessman. Why would he tip his hand publicly before the wheeling and dealing begins with Thursday's first round? Last year, there was no indication the Cowboys were going to move up. Next thing you know, they've done just that to grab Morris Claiborne with the No. 6 overall pick. The Cowboys had a need for cornerback last year, one that was satisfied in part by the signing of free agent Brandon Carr. Jerry couldn't resist the chance to add another high-value corner in the draft. The Cowboys enter this year's draft with several clearly defined needs. They must get help in the offensive and defensive lines and at safety. With barely any cap room, it's also clearly defined that much of that help will have to come through the draft. In a normal year, the Cowboys could get a couple of nice mastodons in the first and second round. However, this year's draft doesn't have a lot of elite players at the skill positions. There aren't a lot of bright, shiny objects at quarterback, running back and receiver to mesmerize the truly desperate teams at the top of the draft order, or for the "one player away" crowd to trade up for. The best of the trench warriors aren't going to be pushed to the back of the first round as they might in a better draft year. So there's a good chance that even at No. 18, the Cowboys might not get that high-grade lineman they desperately need. If there's a safety that new defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin can make his 4-3 scheme hum, the Cowboys may take one at 18. More than likely, there's a lineman or two just out of the Cowboys' reach that they can get by swapping a few picks. Will this be a wise move? The Cowboys don't have a lot of depth on their roster. They have a handful of top players, but there's a significant drop off after that. The Cowboys need a lot of good players to fill in the gaps between the great ones. Trading away your picks doesn't leave you with a lot of gap-fillers. You end up signing players cast off from other organizations just to get by. Of course, if you stockpile through the draft, then you have to hit on your draft picks. That's not something the Cowboys have been very successful at doing with their later-round picks. Trading down to get more picks increases your chances of hitting on them. That would be the common-sense move for a team in the Cowboys' position. Which is why the odds are good that Jones won't do it. Remember, Jones has also said that the window is closing on the opportunity to win a Super Bowl with Tony Romo, and there's no backup quarterback being groomed as a replacement. Jones is a businessman, but he's also a dealmaker. It may take a bold move to get what the Cowboys need in the draft to reach the next level. There's no doubt Jones is willing to deal to get his team to the playoffs, it's just a matter of whether this is the draft to do it. Follow Keith Whitmire on Twitter: @Keith_Whitmire

Cowboys could trade Doug Free to Saints to nab Cooper

It’s no secret that the Dallas Cowboys have fallen out of love with Doug Free. He was once the golden boy back in 2011 playing at left tackle, but as soon as Tyron Smith was moved to the left side in 2012. Free quickly regressed to the point that the Cowboys are looking to do whatever it takes to get him off the team fast. Cutting Free would save the Cowboys zero dollars to the...

Demarcus Ware revisits put up or shut up

Dallas Cowboys linebacker Demarcus Ware did not back pedal on a comment that he made directly after Tony Romo was awarded with a $108 million contract extension. Ware just expanded upon it. Please click here to read this story. The post Dallas Cowboys Demarcus Ware revisits put up or shut up appeared first on Players View.

Jerry Jones says Cowboys defense in 'good shape'

If "good shape" means scary thin, we'll let Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Joens pass one this one. Plus, it's draft time, so you know Jerry going to put his poker face on, reports Tom Osborn of As draft day approaches, Jones wants to downplay the state of the team's defense, saying "the good news is we really are in good shape over on the...

Tyrann Mathieu And The Dallas Cowboys: A Perfect Match

NFL fans probably could care less about Tyrann Mathieu, "The Honey Badger" who has had one huge downhill road. I see this as a comeback story to remember. Fans will miss out on an exciting player. Mathieu has a on going dispute regarding his failed marijuana tests. As a fan, I hate stories about potentially great football players who have additions. The question is, ...

Cowboys could be going OL 1st in draft again

The Dallas Cowboys went 30 years without drafting an offensive lineman in the first round. They might do it for the second time in three drafts Thursday night. Blockers are among the needs after Dallas signed two free-agent guards last year and still finished second-to-last in rushing in the NFL. If the Cowboys take a guard in the first round, it will be just the second time in...

Trading down in draft is an option for Cowboys

IRVING, Texas Experts have been saying for a while that this year's NFL Draft isn't loaded with as many elite prospects as there have been in prior years. The strength of this class is in its depth. For the Dallas Cowboys, drafting at No. 18 isn't a bad place to be. There should be a quality starter available, and if they're on the clock and not in love with any...

#Cowboys, Cowboys, Cowboys! What are people tweeting?

[View the story "#Cowboys, Cowboys, Cowboys! What are people tweeting?" on Storify] #Cowboys, Cowboys, Cowboys! What are people tweeting? For some, Twitter remains a mystery. But for millions, it is the center of the universe. They get their news, form their opinions, share those opinions, follow their favorite sports teams, actors, musicians, and politicians…all on Twitter...

Most Obscure Player of 1978: Larry Brinson

The 1978 Dallas Cowboys featured several running backs that many (with memories of the 1970s) would remember. This list includes not only Tony Dorsett and Robert Newhouse, but also Scott Laidlaw, Preston Pearson, and Doug Dennison. The team did not have great candidates for the Most Obscure Player Award, so we’re going with one of the lesser-known running backs. Option #1 was Alois...

Cowboys could keep up draft trend of moving around

The Dallas Cowboys are sending signals that they might trade down in the draft Thursday night. If so, they would do well to remember their disastrous ''specials team'' draft of 2009, the last time Dallas focused on stockpiling picks. Not one player remains from the class with the ill-fated label from owner Jerry Jones, who didn't have a first-round pick and...

Tavon Austin The Ultimate Match-Up Problem

The following is the 8th in a series of draft profiles for the 1st round pick for the Dallas Cowboys. These profiles are put together with the specific needs of the Cowboys in mind, and is an attempt to examine their resumes and game tape to get an idea of who might fit in best with Dallas come draft day. Surely, circumstances will dictate what actually happens on that day, but we...

Cowboys Could Go with Offensive Line/Running Back Early

With the draft just three days away, fans are eager to know who the Cowboys will take with the 18th pick in the first round. In past years there has been a consensus pick or even strong rumors of who we may draft – not this year. This year, has been very hush-hush as we enter the final stretch towards Thursday. I’ve pinged several of my reliable sources as I have in past years...

Jerry Jones At Oaklawn Park Race Track

Here is Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones in Arkansas at the Oaklawn Park race track. Jones is pictured wearing a purple suit, and drinking a draft beer kept cold by a koozie. Classic. Jones has appeared previously at Picture via twitter feed @thesouthsLSL

Cowboys Stadium will host first College Football Playoff championship

Perhaps as expected, college football's first championship game under the College Football Playoff will be played in Cowboys Stadium. Brett McMurphy of reports via Twitter the home of the Dallas Cowboys, the Cotton Bowl and a handful of other top college football match-ups and sporting events will provide the stage for the first championship game in the new era of college...
Cowboys News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.