CowboysNation is waiting on agent Drew Rosenhaus to text media members so they can keep blowing up running back Lamar Miller's dollar figures. ("Text the Houston guys, Text the Dallas guys, rinse, repeat.'') The Cowboys, meanwhile, have their line in the cement on Miller -- as much as they like him -- and even before Miller's decision to take his desired $6.5 mil annually (over four years, with $14 mil guaranteed) were also ready to explore runners on a level down in talent but multi-levels down in affordability.
Are the Cowboys "going cheap''? Don't be silly. It's $155 million to be spent ... 53 players to be assembled ... and future established players on this roster to keep budgeting for.
*At running back: Put Alfred Morris and Bilal Powell on the list. How expensive will they be? Doug Martin staying in Tampa at $7 mil a year sets a standard ... that Dallas will not meet for anyone, including Miller.
*Along the defensive line: The Cowboys are looking for "waves'' and their desire to add Atlanta's Adrian Clayborn is still etched in pencil. Add Eagles end Cedric Thornton to this list; DallasCowboys.com says he's scheduled a Valley Ranch visit. ESPN reported early Wednesday that Rams-ex Chris Long is also visiting, but that report is premature; the Cowboys view Long as a lower-level get. William Hayes and Jeremy Mincey are two other lower-level candidates but Hayes seems likely to stay with the Rams.
And what about DeMarcus Ware? He's an icon in Dallas, so this is a headline-grabber but yes, sources close to Ware's situation told me on Wednesday that he is was in negotiations with Denver and was not locked in to staying there as the Broncos try to chip away at the final year on his deal. Those same sources gently suggest that Ware has "a dozen'' suitors waiting to see if he comes free.
Maybe Dallas doesn't prioritize this. But you gotta look at it.
*At linebacker, Dallas gets its man in Rolando McClain, on a one-year deal that has been reported as worth $5 mil -- that's a lot of trust, but it's short-term trust.
*At quarterback: Colt McCoy is staying in Washington, so as I reported on Wednesday morning on 105.3 The Fan, you may be looking at the likes of the Moores -- Matt and Kellen. The Moore-Ons will be pleased! (The Cowboys website says Matt Moore will be visiting Valley Ranch.)
Owner Jerry Jones is on-record as saying there's no doubt Kellen Moore can eventually play and win games in the NFL. "Our staff is really impressed with him," he's said -- but they must be "really impressed'' with Matt, too.null