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Cowboys won’t play tag this year

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In Monday’s team-by-team look at which players each team could tag, we said that none of the Cowboys’ impending free agents merit the restriction that applies to impending free agents.

Cowboys executive V.P. Stephen Jones now says that, indeed, the team will not be using the tag.

We are not using the franchise or transition tag,” Cowboys executive vice president Stephen Jones said, via David Moore of the Dallas Morning News.

As Moore notes, the Cowboys have used the franchise tag only four times. Last year, receiver Dez Bryant was tagged. Twice, the team tagged defensive end/linebacker Anthony Spencer. Previously, the Cowboys tagged tackle Flozell Adams.

The proclamation from Jones means that cornerback Morris Claiborne, a top-10 pick in 2012, will be eligible to hit the open market. It’s not a surprise, given that the Cowboys declined to pick up the fifth-year option on the oft-injured Claiborne’s deal a year ago.

Other unrestricted free agents include linebacker Rolando McClain, defensive end Jeremy Mincey, defensive end Jack Crawford, and defensive end Greg Hardy.

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17 Responses to “Cowboys won’t play tag this year”
  1. thefatlazygamer says: Feb 16, 2016 2:34 PM

    No but they’ll play hide and seek with Manziel.

  2. tonyzendejas says: Feb 16, 2016 2:34 PM

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hold on to Hardy! The man absolutely ABUSES offensive lines!!!

  3. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Feb 16, 2016 3:00 PM

    Can they tag in a new GM?

  4. huh6016 says: Feb 16, 2016 3:03 PM

    The only Cowboy thing worth tagging is their cheerleaders.

  5. toybkshr says: Feb 16, 2016 3:11 PM

    @ huh6016 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 3:03 PM
    The only Cowboy thing worth tagging is their cheerleaders. ———————————————————————–
    Good one – I needed a laugh!

  6. bigbenh8tr says: Feb 16, 2016 3:51 PM

    toybkshr says:
    Feb 16, 2016 3:11 PM
    @ huh6016 says:
    Feb 16, 2016 3:03 PM
    The only Cowboy thing worth tagging is their cheerleaders. ———————————————————————–
    Good one – I needed a laugh!

    ____________________________________
    The funny thing is the Cowboys actually are playing the cap very well, which should scare people. They are a young team and only getting younger.

    No they would never franchise Darren McFadden, but how many people made fun of them passing on running backs last season?

    McFadden only started 10 games and finished 4th in the NFL in Rushing Yards. If he had played 16 games, averaging 4.6 per carry he would have easily won the rushing title.

    Laugh at that

  7. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Feb 16, 2016 3:54 PM

    Jerry traded up for Claiborne, spending both a first and second round pick on him. That makes him a double bust.

  8. nhpats says: Feb 16, 2016 4:17 PM

    What is the over / under on the Cowboys being the worst team in the NFC East once again next year? How about the entire NFC?

  9. steelerben says: Feb 16, 2016 4:21 PM

    bigbenh8tr says:
    Feb 16, 2016 3:51 PM

    The funny thing is the Cowboys actually are playing the cap very well, which should scare people. They are a young team and only getting younger.

    No they would never franchise Darren McFadden, but how many people made fun of them passing on running backs last season?

    McFadden only started 10 games and finished 4th in the NFL in Rushing Yards. If he had played 16 games, averaging 4.6 per carry he would have easily won the rushing title.

    Laugh at that

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Feel free to take a look at McFadden’s injury history. I’ll wait. It could take a while.

    …..back now? Yeah, that’s why he won’t lead the league in rushing.

  10. seahawkhuskyfan says: Feb 16, 2016 4:33 PM

    Too easy………..

  11. realtruthteller100 says: Feb 16, 2016 4:41 PM

    not true, if they sign manziel hell be tagged with a electronic ankle braclet

  12. wantsomecheesewiththatwhine says: Feb 16, 2016 5:10 PM

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO hold on to Hardy! The man absolutely ABUSES offensive lines!!!

    and women

  13. whoareyoutoquestionme says: Feb 16, 2016 6:57 PM

    Remember about a year ago when Cowgirl Nation was going insane with bold proclamations about winning SB 50? I do.

  14. r502 says: Feb 17, 2016 1:07 AM

    Oh what depths Cowboy fan has sunk to proclaiming Darren McBroken as a key player on a 4-12 stink bomb. The Cowboys are garbage and have no one on the club eligible for free agency that is worth the tag for Pete’s sake.

  15. geatsromo says: Feb 17, 2016 9:46 AM

    If they can stay healthy, the cowboys are a pass rush away from the Super Bowl. Moe, Karr, and Scandrik are perfectly fine if you have a pass rush. Even in DeMarcus Wares final cowboy years, he wasn’t that effective. I don’t think Bosa is the answer either. Maybe trade back and take Spence in the first, a one technique in the second, and a speedy receiver to stretch the field in the third. Or get a pass rusher in free agency and pick Miles Jack first. I’m on the Cowboys website daily, and I’ve never, and I repeat never heard the Cowboys discussing Manzel. All that crap is drummed up by the media.

  16. davekva72 says: Feb 17, 2016 9:53 AM

    r502 says:
    Feb 17, 2016 1:07 AM

    Oh what depths Cowboy fan has sunk to proclaiming Darren McBroken as a key player on a 4-12 stink bomb
    ==================================

    They absolutely had a bad year, but that makes what McFadden did even more impressive. They had absolutely no passing game, teams knew they were going to run, and still couldn’t stop McFadden behind that big O-line. Not sure about a SB run, but IF Romo can stay healthy, Dallas will be in the playoff mix in 2016.

  17. jsrdc says: Feb 17, 2016 10:07 AM

    Oh, how the haters come sliming right out of the woodwork. Manziel to Dallas, Darren “McBroken”, worst team in the NFC East……. Haters are going to hate. That is what they do

    McFadden had a very strong year, and was healthy for the Cowboys, and performed very well behind the O-line which had another solid year. There is no story here, just haters trying to downplay his solid season. Get over it.

    Manziel would be very lucky to join the prison football team, but it won’t be the Cowboys or any other NFL team. He is Cleveland’s problem, yet all you haters just continue to link him to Dallas. Even Jerry Jones has seen enough, and Manziel now has his own legal problems to deal with that certainly trumps his NFL Career in 2016. Sorry to disappoint you all, but zinc is sold in every CVS, and it is what I recommend for the butt-hurt you all have.

    Dallas will rebound nicely, as the 4skins were a fluke this year, and it was only proven when they were bounced out in round one of the playoffs as a result. The skins were paper champs who were very fortunate to have the entire division play poorly, and were the best of the worst. It was too predictable.

    In the meantime, Dallas will draft strongly, have a solid FA period, and will be a playoff team in 2016. Sorry haters, but this will come to pass.

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