Monday News, Notes, & Rumblings

With training camp approaching, there is plenty of news to report out of Valley Ranch, including updates on Kareem Larrimore, the quarterback situation, and most importantly- getting those rookies signed. Look for the deals to start going down this week.

* Watch the progress of QB Clint Stoerner closely during training camp. His ability to grasp the west coast offense will likely determine the ultimate fate of QB Anthony Wright. The Cowboys have been shopping Anthony Wright around, but no team has taken the bait just yet. Stay tuned.

* Former Dallas Cowboy and current Arena League Star Kareem Larrimore has been lighting it up since his return to the gridiron. Larrimore is averaging close to 30 yards per kickoff return, which would be among the league leaders had he been with the team all season.

Larrimore has also been utilized as a wide receiver, catching two passes in the Desperado's 61-54 win over Detroit this past weekend.

* Look for some noise to finally be made this week in terms of rookie contracts. Andre Gurode, Roy Williams, and Antonio Bryant top the list of priorities for the Cowboys' organization. And as we all know, it seems as though Jerry Jones is never in a hurry to get those deals done, but not to worry, no major holdouts are expected.

* The Atlanta Falcons signed free agent receiver Darrin Chiaverini early last week. Chiaverini spent one season with the Cowboys after a two-year stint with the Cleveland Browns. He registered 10 catches for 107 yards and two touchdowns last season playing in a key reserve role.

Chiaverini was let go for a variety of a reasons, with the primary one being the coaching staff's opinion of rookie WR Antonio Bryant. Chiaverini played in all 16 games last year. He was orginally a fifth-round pick out of Colorado in the 1999 draft. In three seasons, he pulled in 63 catches for 662 yards and seven touchdowns.

He'll likely be used as a possession type of receiver with the Falcons.

* In other news, the Cowboys agreed to terms with several players last week, although none of transactions garnered that much attention in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area. The first signing was safety Rashidi Barnes, who most recently played in NFL Europe with the Frankfurt Galaxy. Barnes also saw action in 14 games with the Cleveland Browns two years ago.

He signed a contract for two years, for the NFL minimum, plus a $5,000 bonus.

Dallas also agreed to terms with two undrafted rookies, running back Ray Robinson of North Carolina State and kicker Zac Derr of Akron. Robinson is a powerful runner that wreaked all sorts of havoc in the Atlantic Coast Conference over the course of the last couple of years.

He has excellent hands out of the backfield, and he could give undrafted free agent Woodrow Dantzler a run for his money to make the team.

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