Monday News & Notes

"Every organization has some sort of downfall where they have to come, like the Lakers for instance," said Keyshawn Johnson. "They did great under Pat Riley, then look what happened. They have four coaches and went crazy. Then they got the right guy and all of sudden they won a bunch of more championships."

With Larry Allen being a no-show at the offseason program, he is likely headed to be a June 1 cut. The Cowboys will look to address guard and tackle in the draft and the second phase of free agency in June.

Allen got a $13 million signing bonus as a part of a six-year, $36-million contract extension in 2002. His cap figure for 2004 is $5.5, including a $3.5 million base salary.

If the Cowboys cut or trade him before June 1, it would cost them $8.2 million in dead money, roughly $3 million more than his current cap value.

If they waited until after June 1, it would cost them $2.06 million in 2004, actually saving them roughly $3.4 million off the cap in 2004.

But it would count $6.2 million in 2005.

The cap impact would be the same if Allen retired.

* When the NFL awarded compensatory choices to several teams this week, it changed the draft order for some of the Cowboys' late-round picks. The Cowboys have five picks in the draft, set for April 24-25: first round (22nd overall), second round (52), third round (83), fourth round (121st) and fifth round (156).

The Cowboys traded their sixth-round choice (188 overall) to Green Bay for Terry Glenn, and their seventh-round pick (223) to Oakland with a 2005 sixth-rounder for Kenyon Coleman.

Quote To Note: "Coach Jones? He didn't have to sell me on it. When you look at success, I look at his money. He is a Billionaire. How did he become a billionaire? He obviously had some success doing it. He obviously had some success winning some championships and taking this organization from the dumps at the time to building three Super Bowls here. Every organization has some sort of downfall where they have to come, like the Lakers for instance. They did great under Pat Riley, then look what happened. They have four coaches and went crazy. Then they got the right guy and all of sudden they won a bunch of more championships. They will probably win another one this year I would think. If you look at what the Jones family does from the business aspect is a selling point right there. The success they had off the field more than what they have done on the field." -- Keyshawn Johnson on if Jerry Jones sold him on the Cowboys.

* The Cowboys remain in talks with free-agent tackle Greg Randall, who is the current target in the team's search for a starter at right tackle. Randall is also talking to the 49ers and Dolphins.

Randall started 16 games for the Texans at right tackle last season, but he became expendable when Houston chose to sign free-agent tackle Todd Wade from the Dolphins.

The four-year veteran is considered a definite upgrade from departed right tackle Ryan Young. Randall, a starter on the Patriots' 2001 Super Bowl title team, has 42 career starts. He has not missed a start in his career because an injury.

NEEDS/DRAFT PRIORITIES: RB -- The Cowboys will address the running back position in both the draft and free agency. They are eying Chris Perry, Kevin Jones, Greg Jones and Steven Jackson in the first round of the draft and possibly Michael Turner and Maurice Clarett in the second round;

Offensive line -- Improving the running game also means improving the offensive line, especially the right side of the line where tackle Ryan Young and guard Andre Gurode were huge disappointments. Given that Young was released, tackle is the top priority of the offseason. The Cowboys will get an offensive tackle in free agency or at the top of the draft. The Cowboys are talking to Texans free agent Greg Randall but have yet to agree on a contract. They also might have to address the guard position in the draft, considering that Larry Allen appears to be headed for a June 1 cut;

Defensive end -- The Cowboys had the No. 1 defense in the league last year but no one feared the Cowboys defense because they ranked among the bottom of the league in sacks and turnovers. The defense needs a catalytic rush end to make it a true difference-making unit. The Cowboys believe they filled this need with free agent defensive end Marcellus Wiley. They will now turn their attention to signing a cornerback in free agency.

UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (2): RB Michael Bates; CB Mario Edwards.

RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (9): DT Willie Blade; RB Aveion Cason; OT Javiar Collins; RB Troy Hambrick; C Matt Lehr; S Lynn Scott; LB Markus Steele; TE James Whalen; WR Randal Williams.


PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: RB Erik Bickerstaff; CB Andrew Davison; C Gennaro DiNapoli; PK Billy Cundiff; OG Torrin Tucker.

PLAYERS ACQUIRED: OG DeMingo Graham; QB Drew Henson; WR Keyshawn Johnson; DE Marcellus Wiley.

PLAYERS LOST: DE Ebenezer Ekuban; WR Joey Galloway; P Toby Gowin; OT Ryan Young.

MEDICAL WATCH: No updates.

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